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Life Sciences: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 46058, tabled on 12 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to make changes to the Life Sciences Sector Deal to reflect priorities arising from the covid 19 outbreak.

Answered on

18 May 2020

As shown in the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy Update earlier this year, the two Life Sciences Sector Deals transform a significant part of the industry-led Life Sciences Industrial Strategy into government policy. The considerable government and industry investment in the Sector Deals was secured through extensive collaboration between government and the sector, working together strategically to enhance the attractiveness of the UK

Government is committed to continuing to work with the sector, including through the Life Sciences Council (a partnership between Government and industry) to deliver on the vision of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy and the commitment to make the UK the leading global hub for life sciences.

Effective collaboration between the Life Sciences sector and government is vital to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Protecting the health and safety of the British public is, and must always be, our number one priority.

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