Minister appears before Lords science funding inquiry

04 February 2010

Lord Drayson, Minister for Science and Innovation at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) appears before the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee inquiry into setting funding priorities for scientific and technological research. The session starts at 3.10 pm

Witnesses

3.10 pm

  • Professor Adrian Smith, Director General, Science and Research, BIS

4.10 pm

  • Lord Drayson, Minister for Science and Innovation, BIS

The Committee's inquiry is investigating how Government and other public bodies responsible for the allocation of funding for science and technology research set priorities in the context of likely overall cuts in public spending. The inquiry will cover all aspects of science and technology, including the medical and engineering sciences.

The Committee will focus on how decisions are made to fund research to meet societal needs, the balance of funding between targeted and curiosity-driven research, and how research is commissioned in Government departments.

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