MP calls for a Department of Science and Innovation

Rebecca Thomson

MP Ian Taylor has called on the government to set up a Department of Science and Innovation with a seat in the cabinet.

Ian Taylor, the chair of the Conservative Party’s Science and Technology Policy Task Force, said the UK’s biggest challenges over the next 20 years will need to be tackled with technological tools.

He lists climate change, terrorism, GM crops and health care as areas that the key subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics will be employed in.

Mr Taylor said the department should be headed by a Secretary of State. “This would recognise the critical importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to the UK economy and the fact that it underpins so much of public policy," he added.

He envisages the department being a central resource and policy centre, rather than being a centre for the management of large-scale public services.

Taylor made the call for the new department at the Real Time Club 40th anniversary dinner on Tuesday.

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