Select Committee on Science and Technology

No. 1 of Session 2006-07 15 November 2006




The Science and Technology Committee will hold an evidence session to follow up on the Government’s response to its report on Drug Classification on Wednesday 22 November when evidence will be heard from:

Home Office:

Vernon Coaker MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs:

Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, Chairman
Professor David Nutt, Member and Chairman of the Technical Committee

The session will take place in Committee Room 8 at 9.30am

For further information please call Ana Ferreira, on 020 7219 2793

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, 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:

• Under the terms of Standing Order No. 152 the Science and Technology 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 19 July 2005.

• This Science and Technology Committee report Drug Classification: Making a hash of it was published on 31 July 2006 as the Committee’s fifth report of session 2005-06.

• The Government Response to this report was published in October 2006.

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)
Margaret Moran (Lab, Luton South)
Mr Brooks Newmark (Con, Braintree)
Anne Snelgrove (Lab/Co-op, South Swindon)
Bob Spink (Con, Castle Point)
Dr Desmond Turner (Lab, Brighton Kemptown)