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'Quite a lot of science' in risk analysis

The government should take more notice of scientists when deciding how to respond to emergencies, MPs say.

In a report, the Commons Science and Technology Committee highlighted last April's volcanic ash cloud - which grounded thousands of flights - as an example of poor risk assessment.

Professor Sir John Beddington, the government's Chief Scientific Adviser, responds to the criticisms.

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