Select Committee on Science and Technology

No. 5 of Session 2006-07 6 December 2006



Following the publication of the Cooksey Review, the Science and Technology Committee will hold an evidence session with Sir David Cooksey to discuss his review to examine the best institutional arrangements for the new single fund for health research and how these arrangements would be implemented.

The session will take place on Wednesday 24 January 2007 at 9.30am in Committee Room 8.

The Committee would welcome written evidence from interested organisations and individuals. Evidence should be submitted by no later than Monday 8 January 2007.

Guidelines for the submission of evidence

Evidence should be submitted in Word format (version no later than word 2002), and should be sent by e-mail to [email protected] . 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

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Notes for those wishing to attend a public meeting of the Committee

Members of the public wishing to attend should present themselves at St Stephen’s Entrance, where they will be directed through security and to the appropriate Committee Room.  It is advisable to allow about 20 minutes for this. It is possible for the Committee Room designated for the hearing to change at short notice, but such room changes will be clearly  indicated.  Please ensure that mobile phones and pagers are turned off before entering the Committee Room.  Under no circumstances should members of the public address the Committee while in session.  It is not possible for seats to be reserved in the Committee Room but every effort is made to ensure sufficient seating.  Standing in Committee Rooms is permitted at the discretion of the Chairman.  Those attending meetings are asked to remain silent throughout.

Notes to editors:

The Cooksey review was commissioned by the Government after the Chancellor of the Exchequer,  Gordon Brown MP,  promised £1 billion for funding UK health Research in the March 2006 Budget.  The independent review chaired by Sir David Cooksey was set up to examine the best institutional arrangements for this new single fund for health research and how these arrangements would be implemented.

Membership of the Committee

Mr Phil Willis (Lib Dem, Harrogate and Knaresborough)(Chairman)
Adam Afriyie (Con, Windsor)
Mr Robert Flello (Lab, Stoke-on-Trent South)
Mr Jim Devine (Lab, Livingston)
Dr Evan Harris (Lib Dem, Oxford West & Abingdon)
Dr Brian Iddon (Lab, Bolton South East)
Mr Brooks Newmark (Con, Braintree)
Anne Snelgrove (Lab/Co-op, South Swindon)
Graham Stringer (Lab, Manchester, Blackley)
Bob Spink (Con, Castle Point)
Dr Desmond Turner (Lab, Brighton Kemptown)