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MSPs call for justification of research budget cuts

The Scottish Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee has said that the Scottish government must explain its reason for cutting the budget for environment research by nearly £8 million.

The Scottish government’s draft budget, which was published on 16 December, set out cuts to the research budget of the Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment portfolio, which would see its budget for research and analysis fall from £73.8m in 2015 to £65.9m in 2016-17, in real terms.

The overall budget for the portfolio, which includes funding for environmental and rural services and climate change, would be cut from £566m in 2015-16 to £551m in 2016-17 in real terms.

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