SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

No. 29 of Session 2002-03, dated 15 May 2003

THE SCIENTIFIC RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

FOURTH EVIDENCE SESSION


Wednesday 21 May 4.15 pm

Security: Food and Transport

AT 4.15PM

To consider the steps being taking to ensure the security of food and water supplies.

Food Standards Agency

Tesco plc/British Retail Consortium/Institute of Grocery Distribution

Water UK

Thames Water

AT 5.00 PM (Approx)*

To consider the new technologies being used to improve security on means of passenger transport.

Home Office

Department for Transport (TRANSEC)

British Transport Police

London Underground

British Airports Authority

Names of witnesses to be provided on Wednesday 21 May at the session.

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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.

The Committee announced their inquiry into The Scientific Response to Terrorism on 19 December 2002, see Press Notice No. 8 of Session 2002-03.

The first evidence session of evidence was held on 5 March with representatives of  the constituent parts of the new Health Protection Agency,  the BMA, the Royal College of GPs, the British Infection Society and Royal College of Physicians, NHS Trusts and the Ambulance Service.   The second session was held on 2 April with Acambis, PowderJect, the ABPI and GlaxoSmithKline; Department of Health, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and the Police Scientific Development Branch.  The third session focused on the regulation of academic research and an ethical code of conduct. It was held on 14 May with the Academy of Medical Sciences, Research Council UK, the Royal Society and the UK Biosciences Federation.  Future evidence sessions will focus on:

- Co-ordination and implementation of policy (16 June)

- Strategy and policy: Ministers (30 June)

Details of witnesses to be announced.