Cuts row over Rover collapse.
The Government was today accused of endangering public safety after it emerged that pounds 68 million earmarked to help former MG Rover workers find jobs will be financed by wide-ranging cuts in science research programmes.
Department of Trade and Industry The Department of Trade and Industry was a United Kingdom government department which was disbanded with the announcement of the creation of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on 28 June 2007. officials confirmed that half of the pounds 125 million spent by the Rover Task Force is to be found by axing funding for work on food safety, animal health, crop production, marine pollution and climate change.
The admission followed inquiries by the science union Prospect, which wrote to Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling asking him for an explanation.
The DTI Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)
A refinement of magnetic resonance imaging that allows the doctor to measure the flow of water and track the pathways of white matter in the brain. said it faced financial pressures that required it to rebalance its spending.
Ongoing costs relating to the collapse of MG Rover and the rescue package put together for British Energy were cited as causes for the shortfall.
The decision means that pounds 68 million given to the UK Research Councils by the DTI will be clawed back.
Hardest hit is the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, which loses pounds 29 million.
The Medical Research Council stands to lose pounds 10.7 million, the Natural Environment Research Council pounds 9.7 million the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is a British Research Council supporting several scientific research institutes and university research departments in the UK.
pounds 6.7 million and the Arts and Humanities Research Council The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is a British Research Council that provides government funding for grants to undertake research in the arts and humanities, mainly to universities in the United Kingdom. pounds 5.3 million
Sue Fearns, head of research for Prospect, said: "This demonstrates that when it comes to science there is a lack of strategic vision at the heart of government.
"One arm of government is doing one thing while another is doing something completely different and no-one is taking responsibility for the damage to the UK science base. This is expediency not strategy."