Gov response to Science & Technology Committee: I very much welcome the Science and Technology Committee’s report on science in ‘CBRN’ emergencies. I attach a response to the recommendations. Given the recent incidents in Manchester and London the work here in making sure the right mechanisms and access to relevant expertise are in place are increasingly important. Work is already underway looking at how we take the recommendations forward. I will ensure my officials continue to use the insights in your report to inform their thinking. I agree the delay in responding was unsatisfactory and assure you this was not intentional. In addition to the General Election and summer recess a lot of activity and efforts have been required post Manchester. This, unfortunately, meant the report did not receive the necessary timely focus it demanded. I have been assured by my officials that future response will not be subject to similar delays.
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