No. 41 of Session 2002-03, dated 10 September 2003


Monday 1 December at 4.15 pm

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee will be taking evidence from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) on Monday 1 December at 4.15 pm.

This will be a scrutiny session on BBSRC's work, strategy and expenditure plans, as part of the Committee's ongoing programme of scrutiny of the Research Councils.

The hearing will be held in public in a committee room at the House of Commons and members of the press and public are invited to attend.

The Committee will be considering BBSRC's administration of its grant awards, its public awareness and technology transfer activities, the specific allocations in the 2003-04 to 2005-06 spending review period and the pursuit of the strategic objectives contained in its five year plan.  The Committee is inviting comments from users and other interested parties on the above issues and any others relating to the performance of BBSRC.  Anyone wishing to submit comments should write to the Clerk of the Science and Technology Committee at the House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA, by  Friday 7 November. 

Evidence should be submitted in hard copy, but please send an electronic version too by email to [email protected] or on disk.  Guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at .

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 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, or Portcullis House if appropriate, where they will be directed through security and to the appropriate Committee Room.  It is advisable to allow about 15 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 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.

BBSRC is one of six grant-awarding research councils funded by the Office of Science and Technology.  For details of its work, see .

The Committee has already reported on PPARC (HC 161 of Session 2002-03), on the MRC (HC 132 of Session 2002-03) and on NERC (HC 674 of Session 2002-03).  It took evidence from EPSRC on Monday 7 July and will be publishing a Report later this year.