No. 35 of Session 2002-03, dated 27 June 2003



Monday 30 June 4.30pm

At 4.30 pm

John Hutton MP

Minister of State, Department of Health

Dr David Harper

Chief Scientist, Department of Health

Dr Pat Troop

Chief Executive, Health Protection Agency

At 5.15 pm approx*

Beverley Hughes MP

Minister of State for Citizenship, Immigration, and Counter-Terrorism, Home Office

Professor Sir David King

Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Office of Science and Technology

Mr Marcial B³o

Director, CBRN Resilience, Home Office

Dr Ian Lawston

Scientific Adviser, CBRN Team, Home Office

* Only the first part of this session will be held in public.

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Notes for 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 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 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. The fourth session was held on Wednesday 21 May with Foods Standards Agency, Thames Water and Tesco plc. The fifth session  was held on 16 June with witnesses from the Health and Safety Executive, the ODPM's Fire  Health and Safety Division and the Local Government Association.