Bishop of Leeds asks about funding for UK academia and sciences

The Bishop of Leeds asked a question on the funding available to UK science following the loss of funding from programmes such as Erasmus and EU Horizon, following a question on the losses from leaving the Horizon programme on 23rd February 2023:

The Lord Bishop of Leeds: My Lords, I am hearing what has been said about the EU not following through on its commitments, but our own Government have not done so. Look at the Erasmus programme. Promises were made that, in the interim, facilities would be put in place and there would be no deficit, but there clearly has been. Can the Minister tell us when the scientific community and academia will have some certainty, which is what they need?

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay (Con): The right reverend Prelate’s final question is a matter for the EU. We stand ready to follow through on what was agreed in the trade and co-operation agreement and hope that the EU will do so swiftly. Erasmus is another good example of an EU programme that is open to other countries which, unlike us, were not for four decades members of the EU. Regrettably, the EU takes a different view on that. However, our Turing programme replaces it and makes sure that there are opportunities for people studying in the UK to benefit from international collaboration.


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