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The Science and Technology Committee, under the Chairmanship of Lord Krebs, has launched a short inquiry to investigate the role and function of departmental Chief Scientific Advisers (CSAs).
The Committee will be looking at a number of aspects concerning the role of CSAs including: the ability of CSAs to provide independent advice to ministers and policy makers; the extent of their influence over research spend; and their role in providing independent challenge and ensuring that departmental policies are evidenced-based.
Report calls to increase the impact of science advice in Government
Science and Technology Committee takes evidence from Sir John Beddington
A call for evidence was released on 20 July 2011
Written evidence and corrected oral evidence on the Inquiry into the Role of Chief Scientific Advisers.
Supplementary evidence from the Government Office for Science following a one-off evidence session with Sir John Beddington about science spending on 24 May 2011, received on 12 July 2011