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Labour Promises Key Role for Science

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Science  20 Sep 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5282, pp. 1654
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5282.1654


London—Statements from Britain's Labour Party are being taken seriously these days: With a lead of 15% in the public opinion polls and a general election due before next summer, today's pronouncements could become tomorrow's policies. Britain's scientific community is therefore paying close attention to a document Labour published last week laying out its science policy. It includes promises to bolster flagging morale among British researchers, elevate science in government decision-making, and scrap controversial reviews ofnational laboratories with a view to privatizing them.