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Science sell-off dropped

PUBLISHED January 12, 2005

The Home Office has backed down over plans to create the world's first privatised forensic science service, following protests from 135 Labour, Liberal Democrat and Plaid Cymru MPs, trade unions, and some police forces.

Charles Clarke, the home secretary, has overturned a decision which was originally taken by his predecessor, David Blunkett. MPs were threatening to vote against the privatisation order when it came up for debate in parliament.