Academy welcomes government's announcement on anti-lobbying clause

The Academy of Medical Sciences welcomes the statement from the Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson MP, that the government does not intend for the National Academies, Research Councils and HEFCE to be covered by the anti-lobbying clause, which is due to be introduced into government grants from 1 May 2016.

Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences welcomed the announcement:

I am extremely pleased that the government has confirmed that it does not intend for the National Academies to be covered by the anti-lobbying clause. As such, the Academy of Medical Sciences can continue to provide expert and independent advice to government, Parliament and other agencies, and ensure that scientific evidence underpins policy and practice. 

Publicly-funded research is vital in generating an independent evidence base for new policy. The confirmation that Research Councils and HEFCE will not be subject to this clause will ensure that research evidence can continue to impact on government policy and inform wider social debates.

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