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Donelan says £1.6bn R&D clawback was ‘usual practice’

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Science minister defends ‘surrendering’ of cash earmarked for membership of EU R&D programmes to Treasury

Science and technology secretary Michelle Donelan has defended the Treasury for clawing back £1.6 billion in money earmarked for UK access to EU research programmes as “usual practice”.

The UK government had promised billions for association membership of EU programmes including Horizon Europe and the nuclear research initiative Euratom—and pledged to create a homegrown alternative known as ‘plan B’ if membership was not possible.

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