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Chief Scientific Advisers

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.

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