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Willetts re-states intention to ring-fence Antarctic science

Universities and science minister David Willetts has re-stated his support for a protected budget for Antarctic science.

Willetts told the House of Commons on 20 December, “The Natural Environment Research Council should, in future, have a discrete funding line for the Antarctic from within the ring-fenced science budget, subject to future spending reviews, to ensure that there is a visible UK commitment to Antarctic science and our presence in the region.”

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