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UK reshuffle raises questions, encouragement and eyebrows

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Policy experts say changes send clear signal about R&D’s importance but spark concerns over resources

The creation of a dedicated science department has attracted acclaim—with some commentators saying it sends a clear signal about the importance of R&D in government—as well as doubt and criticism. 

“It is incredibly encouraging to see science, technology and innovation represented at the top table of British politics,” said Stian Westlake, chief executive of the Royal Statistical Society and a former advisor to three ministers for universities and science.

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