Heseltine condemned over closure of Warren Spring

The UK's top environmental research facility, Warren Spring Laboratory (WSL), is to close next April. The decision by the President of the Board of Trade, Michael Heseltine, has drawn widespread condemnation, and his announcement that the merger of part of WSL's capability with AEA Technology to form a National Environmental Technology Centre (NETC) has failed to convince.

The announcement came barely two months after it became known that Mr Heseltine was considering the closure of WSL or its merger with other research facilities. The advice on which he based the decision has been kept secret, and the affair ended as it began with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) breaking a promise.

Last year, the DTI assured WSL that it would be built a new facility in Welwyn Garden City after its site in nearby

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