Select Committee on Science and Technology

No.7 of Session 2005-06 21 October 2005

EVIDENCE SESSION

STRATEGIC SCIENCE PROVISION:FOLLOW-UP

2 November 2005

The Committee's Report on Strategic Science Provision in English Universities was published on 11 April 2004.  Following the Government's response, received on 19 July 2005 and published on 25 July, the Committee will hold a follow-up evidence session with Mr Bill Rammell MP, Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, Department for Education and Skills and Sir Howard Newby, Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for England.

The evidence session will be held at 9.30am in Committee Room 8.

Issues the Committee will be raising will include the Government's response to the proposed "hub and spokes" model, levels of student demand and the relationship between HEFCE and universities. 

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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)
Dr Ian Gibson (Lab, Norwich North)
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)