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Invention In Britain

EDM number 362 in 1995-96, proposed by Nigel Jones on 31/01/1996.

That this House notes the comments of Sir Martin Rees, President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, that research, within which lie the seeds of invention, is in danger of being damaged in Britain by excessive management forced on research councils by Government policy; supports the view that curiosity cannot always be packaged into proposals that meet the needs of research councils charged with harnessing science to wealth creation; is concerned that really original work seldom fits the predetermined criteria for support, and the most creative of individuals may be discouraged from even starting a research career; and urges the Government to undertake an urgent review of support for science in order to encourage British science which has a proud record of achievement which has led in the past to British scientists winning Nobel prizes at a rate far in excess of any other nation.

This motion has been signed by a total of 34 MPs.

Nigel Jones31/01/1996CheltenhamProposed
Don Foster31/01/1996BathSigned
Nick Harvey01/02/1996North DevonSigned
Eddie Loyden01/02/1996Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Alan Meale01/02/1996MansfieldSigned
Eric Clarke01/02/1996MidlothianSigned
Paul Tyler01/02/1996North CornwallSigned
Ken Livingstone02/02/1996Brent EastSigned
Tom Cox02/02/1996TootingSigned
Clive Soley05/02/1996HammersmithSigned
Michael Connarty06/02/1996Falkirk EastSigned
Jim Wallace06/02/1996Orkney & ShetlandSigned
Tony Banks06/02/1996Newham North WestSigned
Norman Godman06/02/1996Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Paul Flynn06/02/1996Newport WestSigned
Andrew Faulds06/02/1996Warley EastSigned
John Battle07/02/1996Leeds WestSigned
Gordon Oakes07/02/1996HaltonSigned
Mike Hall07/02/1996Warrington SouthSigned
Jean Corston07/02/1996Bristol EastSigned
Menzies Campbell07/02/1996Fife North EastSigned
Edward O'Hara07/02/1996Knowsley SouthSigned
Peter Hardy07/02/1996WentworthSigned
Hugh Bayley08/02/1996York, City ofSigned
Russell Johnston12/02/1996Inverness, Nairn and LochaberSigned
James Callaghan13/02/1996Heywood & MiddletonSigned
Colin Pickthall15/02/1996West LancashireSigned
Dale Campbell-Savours22/02/1996WorkingtonSigned
Martyn Jones28/02/1996Clwyd South WestSigned
Jack Thompson06/03/1996WansbeckSigned
Bill Etherington07/03/1996Sunderland NorthSigned
Diana Maddock13/03/1996ChristchurchSigned
Tommy Graham19/03/1996Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
David Chidgey28/03/1996EastleighSigned

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