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‘Reverse years of cuts,’ Greg Clark tells Hammond

The cabinet department responsible for science and innovation has told the chancellor Philip Hammond that it is time to roll back the years of flat cash in public spending.

In a 24-page document dated October 2016, officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy provided the Treasury with a comprehensive package of measures to increase government spending on R&D, focusing on PhD training, capital spending and more money for research grants.

The document, The Impact of Science and Innovation on Productivity and Growth, has been seen by Research Fortnight ahead of the 23 November autumn statement. Marked "official", it contains 47 detailed slides and three annexes of supplementary evidence.

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