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UK Forensic Science Service to be wound up

“.. The Forensic Science Service is to be wound up, the Government said today.

Crime Prevention Minister James Brokenshire said action needed to be taken as the service was making operational losses of £2 million per month and was likely to run out of money by January. The aim is that there will be “no continuing state interest in a forensics provider by March 2012”, Mr Brokenshire told MPs.

Mr Brokenshire said: “The current challenging forensics market has put the FSS back into serious financial difficulty.

“FSS is currently making operating losses of around £2 million per month. Its cash is due to run out as early as January next year. It is vital we take clear and decisive action to sort this out.”

In a written statement to MPs, he went on: “The police have advised us that their spend on external forensic suppliers will continue to fall over the next few years as forces seek to maximise efficiencies in this area. HMIC (Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary) concur with this assessment ..”

Wesley Johnson, The Independent, 14 December 2010 – last access 15 December 2010 (Full Article )