SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

PRESS NOTICE

No. 1 of Session 2003-04, dated 28 November 2003

Professor Colin Blakemore  -  Introductory Hearing

Monday 8 December 4.15 pm, Committee Room 6

The Committee will be conducting an introductory hearing with Professor Colin Blakemore, who took up his position of Chief Executive of  the Medical Research Council on 1 October 2003. The oral evidence session will consider Professor Blakemore’s plans for the MRC and how he intends to address some of the key issues in medical research that will arise in the next few years.

The session is not intended to scrutinise the policies and administration of the MRC nor as a follow-up to the Committee’s report The Work of the Medical Research Council. It is likely, however, that the session will consider how Professor Blakemore plans to address criticisms made of the MRC by the Committee and others.

For further information, please ring the Committee staff on 020 7219 2793/4, or refer to the Committee Office Information Line on 020 7219 2033. 

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Notes 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 2001.

•One of the Committee’s core tasks, as set out its Annual Report 2002 (HC 260), is “to scrutinise major appointments made by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.

•The Committee published The Work of the Medical Research Council as the Third Report of the 2003-03 Session on 25 March 2003, HC 132.

One of the Committee’s core tasks, as set out its Annual Report 2002 (HC 260), is “to scrutinise major appointments made by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.

•The Committee published The Work of the Medical Research Council as the Third Report of the 2003-03 Session on 25 March 2003, HC 132.