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Letter dated 13 March 2009 from the Rt Hon Jacqui Smith MP, Secretary of State for the Home Office to Professor John Beddington, Government Chief Scientific Adviser


  Thank you for your letter of 9 March. The advice that the ACMD gives (both scientific and wider) is work that I value, demonstrated by the fact that I, and previous Home Secretaries, have accepted the vast majority of the Council's recommendations. I agree that the advice the ACMD provides can be in politically sensitive areas, which requires appropriate handling by all involved in the Council.

I am grateful for your offer to work with my officials and I know that you are already in close contact with Professor Paul Wiles and his team on the department's use of science and scientific advice. I will ensure that my officials involve you when I commission the ACMD process review and that the review refers to the Code of Practice for Scientific Advisory Committees in its Terms of Reference.

I am copying this letter to John Denham, Gus O'Donnell, David Normington, Mandie Campbell and Paul Wiles.

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