Select Committee on Science and Technology

No.3 of Session 2005-06 20 July 2005

PUBLICATION OF GOVERNMENT RESPONSE

STRATEGIC SCIENCE PROVISION IN ENGLISH UNIVERSITIES

The Science and Technology Committee will publish its Second Special Report of Session 2005-06, Strategic Science Provision in English Universities: Government Response to the Committee's Eighth Report of Session 2004-05, (HC 428) on Monday 25 July at 11.00 am. Embargoed copies will not be available in advance.

The Committee intends to hold a further oral evidence session on the Government Response with the Minister for Higher Education, Bill Rammell, and Sir Howard Newby, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. This evidence session will be held in the Autumn (date to be confirmed).

Copies of the Report will be available for collection from 7 Millbank, from the time of publication. Copies can also be obtained from TSO outlets and from the Parliamentary Bookshop, 12 Bridge Street, Parliament Square, London SW1A 2JX (020 7219 3890) by quoting the appropriate HC number.

The text of the Report will also be available via the Committee's internet homepage: www.parliament.uk/s&tcom

For further information please call Ana Ferreira, on 020 7219 2793. Previous press notices and publications are available on our website.

Notes to 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 19 July 2005.

• The Committee announced this inquiry on 21 December 2004 in press notice No 12 of Session 2004-05. Four evidence sessions were held: Monday 7 February, when evidence was heard from university students, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE); Monday 28 February, when evidence was heard from Research Councils UK (RCUK), the Office of Science and Technology (OST), RDAs and the Association for University Research and Industry Links (AURIL); Wednesday 2 March, when evidence was heard from learned societies and the Association of University Teachers (AUT); and Wednesday 9 March when evidence was heard from University Vice-Chancellors and the Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, Department for Education and Skills.

• The Committee published its findings as the Eighth Report of Session 2004-05, Strategic Science Provision in English Universities (HC 220-I) on Monday 11 April 2005.

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)
Dr Ian Gibson (Lab, Norwich North)
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)