Parochial stuff: I reported before that Axing the British Antarctic Survey would mean the end of Scott’s legacy?, but it looks like MPs say No:
Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, Andrew Miller MP, said:
My Committee has considered the process undertaken to merge British Antarctic Survey and the National Oceanography Centre. What we have concluded is that NERC have not made a proper case for it nor demonstrated political nous on the strong non-science related issues surrounding BAS.
Which is either Hooray for BAS! or Boo for political interference in science! depending on your viewpoint.
I’m not sure whether the committee has a veto or not. But it would be a brave head of NERC who proceeded after this.
[Update: Its all off. Quietly, NERC are now even more pissed off with BAS than they were before.]
* British Antarctic Survey to Keep Its Identity – Science.