Mr. Speaker, there may be a pattern here.
Yesterday we heard that the office of the Minister of State for Science and Technology suggested to officials at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council that its future funding was at risk if it did not agree to a second funding review of a conference on the Middle East.
I want to be very clear that I am not questioning the second review; I am questioning the use of pressure tactics by one of the minister’s officials against an arm’s-length academic research council.
Why is the minister intimidating public officials by threatening to cut their budgets?
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