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MP's worry over Forensic Science Service closure

  • 1 February 2011
  • From the section England

An MP has written to the government about the closure of the Birmingham-based Forensic Science Service (FSS).

Michael Fabricant, Conservative MP for Lichfield, said he was concerned about the future of its research and development capability.

The government said in December the service would be wound up, adding that as many of its operations as possible were to be transferred or sold off.

Mr Fabricant said he was concerned that FSS research will be lost.

"While I am confident that there are many private and profitable companies which can undertake DNA and other forensic analysis for police forces in the UK, I am very concerned that the FSS research and development work which leads the world will be lost to this country," he said.

He said he had written to the attorney general and the home office minister to ask them to think about about how research and development can be maintained in the UK.

He had been spurred on to do so after meeting with senior officials and lawyers for the FSS who live in his constituency, he said.

On 19 January the Commons science committee said it would hold an inquiry into the FSS closure.

It employs 1,600 people and analyses more than 120,000 cases each year.

The Home Office said the service is expected to be wound up by March 2012.

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