Science and Technology Committee Announcement

Session 2009-10

7 December 2009


Phil Willis, Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee, has written to Professor Edward Acton, Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia, on 1 December, regarding the work of the Climatic Research Unit.

The letter reads as follows:

The work of the Climatic Research Unit

There has been considerable press coverage of the e-mails and documents which have been obtained relating to the work of the Climatic Research Unit. The coverage alleged that data may have been manipulated or deleted in order to produce evidence on global warming.

The Science and Technology Committee takes a close interest in academic integrity, systems to ensure the quality of evidence from research and evidence-based policy making, and the Committee would appreciate a comprehensive note setting out:

(a) your account of what has taken place;

(b) the steps that have been taken to investigate the allegations and to test the integrity of the data held and used by the CRU;

(c) how the CRU can justify its commitment to academic transparency; and

(d) how you propose to restore confidence in the CRU and its handling of data.

The Committee also asks for an assurance that none of the data referred to in the e-mails that have been publicised has been destroyed.

The note may be published and the Committee may in due course request that the University appear to give oral evidence.

Phil Willis