To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made by the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice on establishing an effective co-ordination and oversight mechanism to serve the research and development spectrum in the UK.
13 July 2020
My officials have been working closely with colleagues across Government and the forensic science sector to improve co-ordination and oversight of Research and Development across the Criminal Justice system. A Science for the Justice System Advisory Group has been established, working with a UKRI project to devise options for future mechanisms to effectively and efficiently coordinate forensic science in the UK.
Initial consultation with key stakeholders has identified common areas of research need and the group will continue to work with UKRI and the research community to identify how research can better meet different forms of user need.