Response to Autumn Statement 2013

5 December 2013

The Institute of Physics (IOP) has published a response to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

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Professor Paul Hardaker, Chief Executive of IOP, said, “The announcement of new investment in science and technology, including news of the new Higgs Centre today and yesterday’s announcement of £270 million for the development of quantum technologies, is continued good news for the UK.  As the government has clearly recognised, science and innovation have the potential to lead our economic recovery. This new centre will help to capture the value generated by our outstanding research community for the benefit of the economy and society.

“We’re delighted that the new centre is to be named after Peter Higgs. With others, his work has made a fundamental contribution to our understanding of sub-atomic particles and led – through the construction and operation of the Large Hadron Collider – to one of the most exciting and productive periods in physics research, inspiring a new generation to engage with our subject.

“Planning for the new centre will provide a good opportunity for the government to implement a key recommendation of the recent report on Scientific Infrastructure, published by the House of Lords Committee on Science and Technology on 21 November, to ensure that capital investment and the funding for operational costs can be tied together in one sustainable package.  We hope that the Science and Innovation Strategy due in the Autumn Statement 2014 will address this ongoing concern.

“To hear the Chancellor emphasise his own conviction for science, and the contribution it makes to the UK, while also guaranteeing continued support for science, technology, engineering and mathematics at university is very encouraging; long may it continue.”

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