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Introduction

After introductions around the table, the Chair of the working group outlined the background to the study and the different strands of evidence-gathering that the group is involved in. It was noted that the study, which was commissioned by the Government, grew out of recommendations from the Better Regulation Task Force report published earlier this year. A CS representative suggested that the setting up of the working group was also driven by the desire of the two scientific academies to be seen to be undertaking a listening process, particularly following the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s criticisms of the lack of public accountability in the UK’s biggest learned societies.

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