George Freeman highlights economic potential of UK’s life sciences
24th May 2012
Speaking in the House of Commons, George Freeman highlights the potential of the UK’s life sciences in areas such as biomedicine, clean energy and agriculture and the opportunity to drive a sustainable recovery here by supporting sustainable development in the developing world.
George Freeman (Mid Norfolk) (Con): If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.
The Minister for Universities and Science (Mr David Willetts): My Department has a key role in supporting the rebalancing of the economy and businesses to deliver growth while increasing skills and learning. May I repeat, Mr Speaker, that the Secretary of State has a long-standing commitment to be in Berlin and Düsseldorf and therefore regrets not being able to be with us today?
George Freeman: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the UK’s life sciences in areas such as biomedicine, clean energy and agriculture offer a huge potential opportunity for us to drive a sustainable recovery here in the UK by supporting sustainable development in the developing world, and that our science base, not least in Norwich research park in my county of Norfolk, has a key part to play in that revolution?
Mr Willetts: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Indeed, I will be visiting Norwich research park later today and will be able to announce £250 million of research funding going into life sciences across the country. Alongside the commitment to human health that we have already made, this will be a commitment to research in animal health, plant breeding and the agricultural industries of the future.