LORDS

Lords to question Government Minister on science budget and strategy

10 March 2015

On Tuesday 10 March the Government’s Science and Innovation Strategy will come under scrutiny by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee.

Background

The Committee will put questions to Greg Clark MP, Minister for Universities, Science & Cities, on issues such as the timing of the strategy so close to an election with an unknown resource budget, how the £5.9bn capital budget will be spent, and whether departmental budget cuts have had any impact on research.

Witness

Tuesday 10 March, Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster
 
At 11.30am

  • The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Cabinet Office

Questions

  • How do you divide your time between the three responsibilities inherent in your title?
  • The strategy outlines specific areas of capital expenditure – namely ‘world class labs’ and ‘scientific grand challenges’ – can you give more details on these?
  • What case will you be making for the science budget ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review?
  • How have the research budgets of Government departments been affected by the departmental budget cuts brought in since 2010?; and
  • How will the Research Councils review, announced in December, differ from the recently completed triennial review?

Further information

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