No.27 of Session 2003-04, dated 16 March 2004

Professor Sir Alan Wilson

Introductory Hearing

Monday 22 March, 4.30 pm, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

The Committee will be conducting an introductory hearing with Professor Sir Alan Wilson, who took up his position of Director General for Higher Education on 1 February. The oral evidence session will consider the new role and its functions along with Sir Alan's views on current issues in higher education as they affect research and science and technology. In particular, the Committee will wish to probe the closure of science departments, the demand for undergraduate places for science courses and research concentration in higher education.

The session is not intended to scrutinise the current policies of the Department for Education and Skills although the implications of the Higher Education Bill will be considered.

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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.

• 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.