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Role of scientific evidence and advice in public policy debate 1

Education Secretary Michael Russell led a debate on the role of scientific evidence and advice in public policy debate on 11 December 2012.

Mr Russell said where clear, good quality evidence existed it could and should have considerable influence on decision making.

Scottish Labour MSP Neil Findlay the role of science was vial in "all we do in society", but highlighted the glass ceiling women faced in scientific jobs.

The Scottish government was then urged to be bolder and listen to scientists on the controversial issue of genetically modified food.

Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser said a ban on field trials of such crops was hindering work being done in Scotland.

The second part of the debate can be viewed below:

Role of scientific evidence and advice in public policy debate 2

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