Select Committee on Science and Technology

No. 51 of Session 2006-07

19 July 2007

EVIDENCE SESSION

INVESTIGATING THE OCEANS

The Science and Technology Committee will hold its final evidence session in this inquiry on Monday 23 July at 4.15pm in Committee Room 6 when evidence will be heard from:

Natural Environment Research Council:

Professor Alan Thorpe, Chief Executive; and

Dr Phil Williamson, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia

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

Previous press notices and publications are available on our website, http://www.parliament.uk/s&tcom/‚

Notes to editors:

₠Under the terms of Standing Order No. 152 the Science and Technology Committee is empowered to examine the ₓexpenditure, policy and administration of the Office of Science and Innovation and its associated public bodiesâ‚?. The Committee was appointed on 19 July 2005.

₠This inquiry was announced on 27 November 2006 in Press notice No 3 of session 2006-07

Evidence sessions were held on; Tuesday 1 May when evidence was heard from: the Inter-Agency Committee on Marine Science and Technology (IACMST); the Natural Environment Research Council; and Professor Gideon Henderson, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, on Wednesday 16 May when evidence was heard from: Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas), UK Hydrographic Office, Met Office, Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, and Challenger Society for Marine Science; and on Wednesday 13 June when evidence was heard from Mr Ian Gallett, Executive Secretary, Society for Underwater Technology (SUT), Dr Lesley Thompson, Director, Research and Innovation, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Dr Ralph Rayner, Vice President, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), and Mr Richard Burt, Member, Executive Committee, Association of Marine Scientific Industries (AMSI); on Wednesday 4 July‚ when evidence was heard from Dr Sharon Thompson, Senior Marine Policy Officer, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Dr Malcolm Vincent,‚ Director of Science,‚ Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Professor Ian Boyd, Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St Andrews, Dr Tom Tew, Chief Scientist, Natural England, Dr Alan Rodger, Head of Science Programmes, British Antarctic Survey, Professor Graham Shimmield, Director, Scottish Association for Marine Science, Professor Bob Dickson, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, and Professor Andrew Watson, Royal Society of Chemistry; and on Monday 16 July when evidence was heard from Jonathan Shaw MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, and Professor Howard Dalton, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs and Professor Sir David King, Government Chief Scientific Adviser.

Membership of the Committee

Mr Phil Willis (Lib Dem, Harrogate and Knaresborough)(Chairman)
Dr Brian Iddon (Lab, Bolton South East)
Adam Afriyie (Con, Windsor)
Chris Mole (Lab, Ipswich)
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Con, Mid Bedfordshire)
Dr Bob Spink (Con, Castle Point)
Mr Robert Flello (Lab, Stoke-on-Trent South)
Mr Graham Stringer (Lab, Manchester, Blackley)
Linda Gilroy (Lab/Co-op, Plymouth Sutton)
Dr Desmond Turner (Lab, Brighton Kemptown)
Dr Evan Harris (Lib Dem, Oxford West & Abingdon)