SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

No. 35 of Session 2003-04, dated 6 May 2004

SCIENCE QUESTION TIME

Wednesday 12 May, 9.30 - 10.00 am

Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

The Science and Technology Committee is holding its second “Question Time” with the Minister for Science and Innovation, Lord Sainsbury of Turville, on Wednesday 12 May.

The Committee invited the science community to suggest questions for Lord Sainsbury at this session. The Committee has selected some of these and has added some of its own. The questions to be put to the Minster are listed below. There will be supplementary questions from Committee Members on each subject, some of which will be drawn from the suggested questions received.

QUESTIONS

Ten year strategy for science and innovation

How much of a role is the Treasury playing in determining the ten year investment framework for science and innovation? 

Short term contracts

What are you doing to encourage quality candidates to work as research staff and to improve the career structure in scientific research?

Women in science

Why is it that, despite all the efforts in past years, there are still so few women entering science and even fewer making it to the upper levels; and what can be done about it?

Concentration of research

What do you expect to be the consequences for UK science of an increasing concentration of research strength in a small number of universities; and what recent progress has been made in addressing this issue?

Renewable energy

What is his role in ensuring that the target of 10% renewable energy generation by 2010 is met?

Security and animal research

What recent progress has been made in the development of additional security measures for those involved in animal research?

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.  Previous press notices and publications are available on our website

Notes for Editors

• Under the terms of Standing Order No. 152 the Committee is empowered to examine the Aexpenditure, policy and administration of the Office of Science and Technology and its associated public bodies@. The Committee was appointed on 12 November 2001.

• The Committee plans to hold Science Question Time every three months. It is designed to enable the Committee to raise topical issues with the Minister and to discuss recent developments in science and innovation. The next session has been fixed for 14 July.

• The transcript of the evidence session will be published on the Committee’s website within a week of the 12 May.