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Science and Technology Committee

Watch live coverage of MPs taking evidence on the future of the Forensic Science Service (FSS) from 9.15am on 23 March 2011.

The government announced last year that the FSS would close, with as many of its operations as possible being transferred or sold off.

The government wants private enterprise, which currently makes up 40% of the market, to fill the gap left behind by the FSS.

But some experts are concerned that an over-emphasis on profits could threaten the quality of science.

The FSS employs 1,600 people and analyses evidence from crime scenes in England and Wales, but has been losing about £2m a month.

Evidence will be taken from:

• Bill Griffiths, Chair of the FSS

• Dr Gillian Tully, FSS Research and Development Manager

• Steve Thomas, Prospect Union

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