Science and Technology Committee

No. 9 - Session 2002-03

19 December 2002


The Committee will be holding introductory oral evidence sessions following two recent major appointments by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, as follows:-

Wednesday 22 January    4.15pm     Professor Ian Diamond, Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Wednesday 29 January    4.15pm     Mr David Hughes, Director General of Innovation at the DTI.

These hearings will be held in public in committee room 6 at the House of Commons and members of press and public are invited to attend.

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 the Committee's internet homepage:

Notes for those wishing to attend a public meeting of the Committee

Members of the public wishing to attend should present themselves at St. Stephen's Entrance (on Parliament Square) where they will be directed through security and to the appropriate Committee Room.  It is advisable to allow about 15 minutes for this. It is possible for the Committee Room designated for the hearing to change at short notice, but such room changes will be clearly  indicated.  Please ensure that mobile phones and pagers are turned off before entering the Committee Room.  Under no circumstances should members of the public address the Committee while in session.  It is not possible for seats to be reserved in the Committee Room but every effort is made to ensure sufficient seating.  Standing in Committee Rooms is permitted at the discretion of the Chairman.  Those attending meetings are asked to remain silent throughout.

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.    Following the resolution of the House on 14 May 2002, which approved the Modernisation Committee's Report on Select Committees, the Liaison Committee was called on to establish common objectives for select committees.  The Liaison Committee subsequently agreed a set of ten core tasks for departmental select committees which included: "to consider, and if appropriate report on, major appointments by a Secretary of State or other senior ministers".