No. 29 - Session 2003-2004  29 March 2004



The Science and Technology Committee will publish its Fifth Report of Session 2003-04, Too Little too Late? Government Investment in Nanotechnology, (HC 56-I), at 0001 on Friday 2 April 2004.

The Report examines the Government’s strategy for supporting the commercialisation of nanotechnology. It focuses on the proposed spending of £90 million over six years announced by the Government in July 2003 to support an applied research programme and the development of facilities for micro and nanotechnology (the MNT Network).

The Report also looks at the provision of necessary skills and wider issues of support for innovation and knowledge transfer. The written and oral evidence taken during the inquiry will be published as a separate volume (HC 56-II).

Embargoed hard copies of the Report and Evidence will be available from 11am on Thursday 1 April to the press and to those who gave evidence to the inquiry, from the Reception, 7 Millbank, provided they ask for  copies in advance.  Electronic copies will also be made available to those who request them.

Upon publication copies of the Report can be obtained from TSO outlets and from the Parliamentary Bookshop, 12 Bridge Street, Parliament Square, London SW1A 2JX (020 7219 3890) by quoting HC 56. The text of the Report will also be available via the Committee's internet homepage

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

020 7219 2793/4.

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Notes 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 Committee held five oral evidence sessions during the course of the inquiry between October 2003 and January 2004.

3. A Report commissioned by Government from the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering into the potential social, environmental and health implications of nanotechnology is expected to be published in summer 2004.