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UK forensic science remains world class, government insists

The UK is not falling behind in forensics research and technology, the government has said in a response to a damning report that criticised it for lacking a strategy for forensic science and putting British forensics R&D at risk.

The government response to the second report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on the effects of the closure of the Forensic Science Service in March 2012 was published on 8 November.

“We do not agree with the committee’s suggestion that the UK is falling behind, or relying on out-dated technology,” the government said in its report. “This is simply not the case, and our forensic databases and techniques employed at crime scene and in laboratory analysis remain some of the most advanced in the world.”

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