Examination of Witnesses (Questions 500-501)|
9 JUNE 2004
Q500 Chairman: All the research councils
interact through the RCUK now. Yes, is what you are saying. What
do you think, Nick Winterton? Will you go back and tell your Chief
Executive that this is floating in the wind?
Mr Winterton: I will certainly
go back and say it is floating in the wind. We use the same bodies
to advise on UK investment and on investment overseas because
essentially there is a huge amount of overlap in many areas that
are relevant to both, and therefore there would be a question
of whether you were duplicating structures or whether you would
be sharing structures because we would use, for example, our Infections
and Immunity Board to judge applications whether they are relevant
to disease, that is predominantly in the developing world, or
Q501 Chairman: That happens anyway.
Mr Winterton: Yes, making best
use of your scientific advice.
Chairman: On that very positive note
where we are all trying to improve things, I would like to say
thank you very much indeed for coming along and helping us out.
You will see the report some time after we get back from Malawi.