Select Committee on Science and Technology Written Evidence

Annex A

  Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2004 13:22:58 -0500

  From: Richard Flavell

  Reply-to: MRC Task force

  To: MRC Task force

  Subject: [Fwd: Statement for the Task Force]

  Dear Colleagues

  I must truly apologize but in error yesterday I neglected to send this email to you all as I had agreed to do with Paul Nurse. I hope this does not arrive too late for you to peruse it.


  -----Original Message-----

  Subject: Statement for the Task Force

  Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 15:52:39 -0500

  From: Richard Flavell

  To: Blakemore Colin

  Dear Colin,

  Paul and I have had a chance to discuss the statement for the Task Force that you would like us to sign. We made a couple of modifications that we believe create a document that we could sign and we believe even more importantly Steve and Robin may be able to sign. First, we have taken out "without coercion". The reason we have done this is that there was quite substantial lobbying at various stages and there is documentation of that (for example the Steve Tomlinson email) We've also removed the section about Mill Hill serving as a baseline, because that was done after the Task Force official activities had been concluded.

  We would suggest that you contact Steve and Robin as soon as possible and see if this statement could be signed by the entire Task Force which we think would be the best solution. We wish you good luck.

  Paul Nurse, M.D.                    Richard Flavell, Ph.D.

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