SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

No. 45 B Session 2002-2003

21 October 2003

PUBLICATION OF REPORTS

1.THE SCIENTIFIC RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

The Science and Technology Committee will publish its Eighth Report of Session 2002-03, The Scientific Response to Terrorism (HC 415-I), at 10.30am on Thursday 6 November 2003.

The Report examines the extent to which the UK response to terrorist attacks using chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear agents was underpinned by science and technology, what contribution science and technology could make in combating terrorism and what issues needed to be faced by the research community to ensure that their activities did not unwittingly assist terrorists' activities.

Embargoed electronic copies of the Report will be available to the press and to those who gave evidence to the inquiry from 10.30am on Tuesday 4 November, provided they ask for copies in advance.

A press conference will be held in Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster, at 10.30am on Thursday 6 November at which embargoed hard copies of the Report will be available to the press and to those who gave evidence to the inquiry. Copies will also be available from Reception, 7 Millbank at the same time.

2.THE WORK OF THE ENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL

The Science and Technology Committee will publish its Ninth Report of Session 2002-03, The Work of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (HC 936), at 00.01 on Monday 3 November 2003.

The Report examines the work, strategy and expenditure plans of EPSRC, as part of the Committee's ongoing programme of scrutiny of the Research Councils.

Hard copies of the Report will be available to the press and to those who gave evidence to the inquiry from Reception, 7 Millbank, at 11am on Monday 3 November. Electronic copies are available provided they are requested in advance.

3.The Government's Response to the Committee's Fifth Report, The Work of the Natural Environment Research Council

The Science and Technology Committee will publish the Government Response to the Committee's Fifth Report, The Work of the Natural Environment Research Council, as its Seventh Special Report of Session 2002-03 (HC 1161), at 11am on Wednesday 29 October 2003.

Hard copies of the Report will be available to the press and to those who gave evidence to the inquiry from Reception, 7 Millbank, at 11am on Wednesday 29 October. Electronic copies are available provided they are requested in advance.

4.The Government's Response to the Committee's Sixth Report, UK Science and Europe: Value for Money?

The Science and Technology Committee will publish the Government Response to the Committee's Sixth Report, UK Science and Europe: Value for Money?, as its Eighth Special Report of Session 2002-03 (HC 1162), at 11am on Friday 31 October 2003.

Hard copies of the Report will be available to the press and to those who gave evidence to the inquiry from Reception, 7 Millbank, at 11am on Friday 31 October. Electronic copies are available provided they are requested in advance.

The Reports can also be obtained from the date of publication from TSO outlets and from the Parliamentary Bookshop, 12 Bridge Street, Parliament Square, London SW1A 2JX (020 7219 3890) by quoting House of Commons paper No. 507.  The text of the Reports will also be available on the Committee's internet homepage: www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/s&thome.htm

Further information on the work of the Committee can be obtained from Committee staff on

020 7219 2793/4.

Previous press notices and publications are available on our website.

Note for Editors

1.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 12 November 2001.

2.The inquiry into the Scientific Response to Terrorism was announced on 19 December 2002. See press notice no. 8.

The Committee took oral evidence on 5 March, 2 April, 14 and 21 May, 16 and 30 June 2003. The Minutes of Evidence are published with this Report.

3.The inquiry into the Work of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council was announced on 1 May 2003. See press notice no. 27.

The Committee took oral evidence on Monday 7 July. The Minutes of Evidence are published with this Report.