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What’s going on in the UK: 18-31 May

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Science department

The creation of the UK government’s Department for Science, Innovation and Technology has opened new divides, a former science minister has said. Speaking at a Foundation for Science and Technology event, David Willetts said the merging of digital with science had “improved things enormously”. But he warned that splitting the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy into three separate departments had also “created new divides”. “It does mean that the business-facing department looking at overseas investors—the Department for Business and Trade—needs to have close links to Dsit. But there is no right way of doing it.”

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