Early Day Motion 767: Science is Vital Campaign

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Early Day Motion 767: Science is Vital Campaign is an Early Day Motion proposed by Julian Huppert MP on 16th September 2010 in support of the Science is Vital Campaign. A similar motion, EDM 707: Government Funding for UK Science had been proposed the previous week.

The motion states:

"That this House notes the UK's proud history of excellence in science and engineering, whereby it produces over 10 per cent. of global scientific output with just one per cent. of global population; believes that continued investment in research is vital in order to meet the technological and social challenges of the 21st century, and to continue to attract high-tech industries to invest in the UK; further believes that large cuts to science funding are a false economy, due to evidence that research investment fuels economic growth; further notes the increased investment in science by the UK's international competitors, such as the USA, France and Germany; further believes that investment in research and development is vital to help rebalancethe economy towards hi-tech manufacturing and away from over-reliance on financial services; recognises the work of the Science is Vital coalition and the Campaign for Science and Engineering in arguing that the UK should seek to retain its role as a world leader in these fields; and calls on the Government to safeguard the UK's scientific excellence by providing a research investment strategy which builds on the success of UK science and engineering."


List of Signatories

The thousands of people signing the online petition at the Science is Vital website were all encouraged to join the rally on October 9th, and to contact their MPs to ask them to support Early Day Motion 767. Hence MPs signing the motion may have done so only after being contacted by constituents.

As of 3rd February 2011 the motion has been signed by 142 MPs: