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David Willetts comments on the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Medicine

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

“I would like to congratulate Sir John Bertrand Gurdon on his** **award from the Nobel Prize Committee for medicine. His work has laid the foundations…

“I would like to congratulate Sir John Bertrand Gurdon on his** **award from the Nobel Prize Committee for medicine. His work has laid the foundations of modern developmental biology, and this prize is the highest level of recognition that the world can bestow on a working scientist. This achievement is a ringing endorsement of British science and tops off what has been an excellent year for the UK on the world stage.”

**Notes to editors

**1. The Government’s economic policy objective is to achieve ‘strong, sustainable and balanced growth that is more evenly shared across the country and between industries.’ It set four ambitions in the ‘Plan for Growth’ (PDF 1.7MB), published at Budget 2011:

  • To create the most competitive tax system in the G20

  • To make the UK the best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business

  • To encourage investment and exports as a route to a more balanced economy

  • To create a more educated workforce that is the most flexible in Europe.

Work is underway across Government to achieve these ambitions, including progress on more than 250 measures as part of the Growth Review. Developing an Industrial Strategy gives new impetus to this work by providing businesses, investors and the public with more clarity about the long-term direction in which the Government wants the economy to travel.

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