29 January 2007
At its meeting in December 2006, BBSRC Council discussed the Preston Report and the accompanying KPMG report regarding possible future relationships between the BBSRC-sponsored Institute for Animal Health (IAH) and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA).
In the light of several recent and ongoing factors, including BBSRC's recent extra funding to IAH and the imminent review of VLA's scientific programmes, the Council decided to support Option 'A' of the Preston Report - closer working between independent organisations, rather than the merger favoured in the Report. The Council considered that it would be inappropriate to consider the relationship any further for at least the next two years.
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