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Science and Technology Committee launches three inquiries

14 September 2017

The Science and Technology Committee launches three inquiries. The Committee will examine genome editing in the NHS, research integrity and algorithms in decision-making.

The Committee will inquire into genomics and genome editing in the NHS, research integrity, and algorithms in decision making.

These inquiries continue the work of the previous Committee and demonstrate a continuing commitment to inquire into matters that need Parliamentary scrutiny.

Norman Lamb MP, Chair of the Committee, said:

"We have decided to continue three important areas of inquiry work that our predecessor committee was unable to complete when the Election was called.

I am also pleased that the new Science and Technology Committee was the first of the Commons select committees to meet this Parliament, and I look forward to welcoming further members over the coming weeks."

Genomics and genome editing in the NHS

The inquiry will examine the Chief Medical Officer’s (Dame Sally Davies) call in her latest annual report, ‘Generation Genome’, for mainstreaming genomic medicine in the NHS within 5 years. In doing so, the Committee will consider the conclusions in the interim report from the previous Committee on Genomics and gene-editing and the evidence it had received before the General Election.

The Committee is now inviting written evidence by 13 October on the Chief Medical Officer’s recommendations, including from those who have already submitted evidence to the previous Committee. This includes observations on how any barriers to greater integration of genomic therapies in the NHS could be overcome, and how such barriers may differ across the devolved nations.

Norman Lamb MP, Chair of the Committee, said:

"The challenges of embedding genomics and genome editing in the NHS must be identified and fully addressed if all patients are to benefit from this vitally important and promising technology."

Submit written evidence via our inquiry page.

Research integrity

The Committee will continue the previous Committee’s inquiry, taking forward the evidence it had received before the General Election. The Committee will accept new written evidence submissions, for example from those who were unable to provide submissions to the previous Committee, by 5 October.

Norman Lamb MP, Chair of the Committee, said:

"Research integrity remains an important issue, and we now envisage being able to hear from people and organisations whose appearance before the previous Committee had to be cancelled when Parliament rose for the Election."

Submit written evidence via our inquiry page.

Algorithms in decision-making

The Committee will continue the previous Committee’s inquiry, taking forward the evidence it had earlier received. The Committee will accept new written evidence submissions, for example from those who were unable to provide submissions to the previous Committee, by 20 October.

Norman Lamb MP, Chair of the Committee, said:

"It is important that we continue work on the use of algorithms in decision-making. This was one of the topics recommended as an inquiry by the public."

Submit written evidence via our inquiry page.

Submitting written evidence

The personal information you supply will be processed in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 for the purposes of attributing the evidence you submit and contacting you as necessary in connection with its processing. The Clerk of the House of Commons is the data controller for the purposes of the Act. We may also ask you to comment on the process of submitting evidence via the web portal so that we can look to make improvements. If you have any queries or concerns about the collection and use of this information or do not wish your details to be used for the purpose of collecting feedback, please advise the Committee at [email protected] providing your full name, address, and if relevant your organisation.

Each submission should:

  • be in Word format with as little use logos as possible
  • have numbered paragraphs
  • include a declaration of interests.

Please note that:

  • Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included.
  • Memoranda submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless publication by the person or organisation submitting it is specifically authorised.
  • Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.
  • Select Committees are unable to investigate individual cases.

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