Select Committee on Science and Technology



The Science and Technology Committee has decided to hold an inquiry into marine science in the polar and non-polar oceans.

The inquiry will focus on:

  • organisation and funding of UK marine science in the polar and non-polar regions;

  • the role of the UK internationally, and international collaboration in marine science;

  • support for marine science, including provision and development of technology and engineering;

  • the state of the UK research and skills base underpinning marine science and provision and skills to maintain and improve the UK’s position in marine science and

  • use of marine sites of special scientific interest.

It will include study of how marine science is being used to advance knowledge of the impact of climate change on the oceans.

The Committee would welcome written evidence from interested organisations and individuals addressing these points. Evidence should be submitted by Friday 26 January 2007.

Guidelines for the submission of evidence

Evidence should be submitted in Word format (version no later than word 2002), and should be sent by e-mail to [email protected] . The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document should include a brief executive summary. Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it, but those wishing to publish their evidence before it is published by the Committee are invited to contact the Clerk of the Committee to obtain permission to do so. Guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at

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Notes to editors:

• Under the terms of Standing Order No. 152 the Science and Technology 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.

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)
Mr Jim Devine (Lab, Livingston)
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)