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Sector welcomes Vallance and Smith ministerial appointments

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Senior figures react to Patrick Vallance becoming science minister and Jacqui Smith universities minister

Sector figures have welcomed the appointment of Patrick Vallance, the former chief scientific adviser, as science minister, and Jacqui Smith, home secretary under New Labour, as universities minister.

Both will be given peerages to allow them to sit in the House of Lords and attend cabinet meetings, which suggests no reform of the second chamber is coming any time soon.

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