No. 37 - Session 2002-2003

9 July 2003


1.The Work of the Natural Environment Research Council

The Science and Technology Committee will publish its Fifth Report of Session 2002-03, The Work of the Natural Environment Research Council (HC 674), at 1100 hours on Wednesday 16 July 2003. 

The Report considers the policies, performance and financial management of NERC.  The Committee is undertaking a rolling programme of scrutiny sessions with each of the seven Research Councils over the course of the Parliament, in pursuance of its remit to scrutinise the work of the Office of Science and Technology and its associated public bodies.  The Committee has already published reports on PPARC (HC 161) and MRC (HC 132)  in the 2002-03 session. 

2.UK Science and Europe: Value for Money?

The Committee will publish its Sixth Report of Session 2002-03, UK Science and Europe: Value for Money? (HC 386) at 1100 on Thursday July 24 2003. The Report examines the participation of UK research establishments in the Framework Programmes and the role of Government and others in promoting such participation. The Report considers the operation of the Sixth Framework Programme and looks at future developments in European research such as the proposed European Research Council. 

Copies of both Reports will be available to the press and to those who gave evidence to the inquiry from Reception, 7 Millbank, from the time of publication. No embargoed copies will be issued. 

The Reports can also be obtained upon publication from TSO outlets and from the Parliamentary Bookshop, 12 Bridge Street, Parliament Square, London SW1A 2JX (020 7219 3890) by quoting the appropriate House of Commons paper No.  The text of the Reports will also be available on the Committee's internet homepage:

Further information on the work of the Committee can be obtained from Committee staff on

020 7219 2793/4.

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Note for Editors

Under the terms of Standing Order No. 152 the Committee is empowered to examine the "expenditure, policy and administration of the Office of Science and Technology and its associated public bodies". The Committee was appointed on 12 November 200.1