Whitehall row over threat to Warren Spring

The Department of the Environment (DoE) has revealed that it will oppose strongly any move by Michael Heseltine, the President of the Board of Trade, to break up the UK's leading environmental research facility, Warren Spring Laboratory (WSL). Mr Heseltine is also being drawn into a potentially embarrassing dispute about the appointment of PA Consulting, one of WSL's competitors, to report on options for its future and about PA's subsequent behaviour.

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