The £500 million project to build a super-laboratory in London is becoming a cause for concern for MPs. Last week, THES reported that the Government refused a request from the House of Commons Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee to provide quarterly reports on the UK centre for Medical Research and Innovation.
In responding to this request the Government said, "The Government and the MRC... do not think it is sensible to produce quarterly reports for the committee irrespective of whether there have been developments, as these risk creating a bureaucratic burden". The Government has not ruled out providing further information as the project progresses.
Mr Phil Willis, chair of the committee who requested the reports 'as a way of easing its concerns over the financing, timetabling and "science vision" of the centre' has called the refusal '"naive"'.