Innovation, Universities and Skills Committee

29 January 2008

No. 22 (07-08)

NEW INQUIRY

ENGINEERING

The Innovation, Universities and Skills Committee has decided to hold a major inquiry into engineering.  The terms of reference will be released shortly but the inquiry is expected to be wide-ranging, including investigation of generic issues affecting engineering and the provision of engineering skills in the UK.  The IUS Committee will also examine case studies in particular areas of interest.  The first two studies will be announced at the same time as the main inquiry.

The deadline for written submissions to the general inquiry and for the first two case studies will be Friday 14 March 2008.

Guidelines for the submission of evidence

Evidence should be submitted in Word format (no later than 2002), and should be sent via e-mail to iuscomm@parliament.uk. The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document should include a brief executive summary. Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it, but those wishing to publish their evidence before it is published by the Committee are invited to contact the Clerk of the Committee to obtain permission to do so. Guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at:     http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/witness.cfm

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FURTHER INFORMATION:

Committee Membership is as follows:

Mr Phil Willis (Liberal Democrat, Harrogate and Knaresborough)(Chairman)
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (Labour, City of Durham)
Mr Tim Boswell (Conservative, Daventry)
Mr Ian Cawsey (Labour, Brigg & Goole)
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Conservative, Mid Bedfordshire)
Dr Ian Gibson (Labour, Norwich North)
Dr Evan Harris (Liberal Democrat, Oxford West & Abingdon)
Dr Brian Iddon (Labour, Bolton South East)
Mr Gordon Marsden (Labour, Blackpool South)
Dr Bob Spink (Conservative, Castle Point)
Ian Stewart (Labour, Eccles)
Mr Graham Stringer (Labour, Manchester, Blackley)
Dr Desmond Turner (Labour, Brighton Kemptown)
Mr Rob Wilson (Conservative, Reading East)

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