UKCMRI Lab Parliamentary Inquiry ReportTagged as: bioresearch biotechnology cuts environmentalism pharmaceuticals ukcmri
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The government has offered £220 million of public money towards a proposal to build a gigantic laboratory complex alongside St Pancras International Station, planned to handle "Biosafety Level 3" extremely dangerous pathogens in 79,000 square metres of building, eight storeys above ground and four storeys below ground, on land behind the British Library, at a time of brutal cutbacks. It has been approved at a Camden Council Committee meeting and Boris Johnson has approved the plans.
The first hearing for the Science and Technology Parliamentary Inquiry into the UKCMRI bioresearch laboratory plans took place on 9th February, at Portcullis House- more information here.
Representatives of UKCMRI (Malcolm Grant, President and Provost, University College London, Harpal Kumar, Chief Executive, Cancer Research UK, Professor Sir John Savill, Chief Executive, Medical Research Council, and Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive, Wellcome Trust) were questioned by a panel of MPs chaired by Andrew Miller MP (Labour, Ellesmere Port and Neston) with interesting results and many awkward silences from the UKCMRI panel. Questions were asked about costs, funding, proposed central London site, scale, size and risks. Representatives from St Pancras and Somers Town Planning Action were later questioned and spoke in opposition. Link here to video of the hearing and link here to uncorrected transcript of evidence on Parliament website.
A second hearing with Sir Paul Nurse, Chief Executive and Director, UKCMRI Ltd, Sir David Cooksey, Chairman, UKCMRI Ltd and John Cooper, Chief Operating Officer, UKCMRI Ltd, has been arranged for Wednesday 16th February in Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, from 9.15am. Link here to more information. Link here to interactive map of Portcullis House.