Science

All Commons Briefing Papers
14 Documents
DateDescription
03.11.2016Research and development expenditure regionally and in the UK: Social Indicators page
UK research and development expenditure with regional breakdown and international comparisons.
11.08.2016Chemicals Regulation
A House of Commons Library Briefing Paper concerning the regulation of chemicals. There are many pieces of legislation that govern the regulation of chemicals, the majority of these originating from the European Union. This briefing will focus on the main regulations, giving details on what they cover.
15.07.2016Support for science
Public funding for research comes from a mix of devolved (e.g. Higher Education Funding Council for England) and UK (e.g. Research Councils) institutions. Bodies like Innovate UK have a specific focus on industrial research.
18.01.2016Animal Experiment Statistics
In 2014 3.8 million procedures were completed on regulated living animals representing a decrease of 6% compared to 2013. This note summarises and analyses trends in data, including the growth of universities as the dominant seat of research on animals, the decline of research for toxicological purposes, and the growth in animal procedures for cancer research.
13.01.2016Outer space
The UK's space sector is worth an estimated 11.8 billion to the economy. A recently published National Space Policy endorses industry's aspirations to build on this success, capturing 10% of the global market by 2030.
21.07.2015Spending on Research and Development in the UK
How much is spent on research and development in the UK? How is this spending broken down by region, industry and government department? In answering these and related questions, this note presents and examines a wide range of data relating to R&D in the UK.
04.06.2015New Psychoactive Substances
This briefing paper has been withdrawn. It has been replaced by the Library briefing on the Psychoactive Substance Bill 2015.
19.05.2015Key Issues for the 2015 Parliament
This book examines the key issues facing the House of Commons over the course of the 2015 Parliament - from the public finances to the UK's membership of the EU and from school places for children to climate change.
29.01.2015Mitochondrial Donation
This note seeks to provide a summary of the role of mitochondria, mitochondrial disease and the proposed new techniques. It will also outline the investigations into these techniques that took place prior to the Government announcement; a HFEA scientific review of the safety and efficacy of methods, an ethical review of the techniques for mitochondrial replacement undertaken by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and an HFEA public consultation. The main safety and ethical considerations associated with the introduction of these techniques into clinical practice will be discussed.
06.05.2014Water Bill 2013-14. Lords amendments
This note provides information on the Water Bill's Committee, Report and Third Reading stages in the Lords. It highlights amendments made to the Bill and also gives a brief account of other significant amendments discussed. It does not provide an exhaustive account of proceedings or document every amendment discussed.
10.03.2014Care.data
This note provides information about the introduction of the NHS care.data system and the use of patients' data for research, and about how patients' can opt out of having information from their medical records shared through this system.
04.07.2012Higgs Boson
Scientists at CERN have announced the discovery of a new subatomic particle, thought to be the Higgs Boson.
05.03.2012Fluoridation
This notes sets out the positions of various groups regarding the effects of fluoridation of drinking water. It also sets out the Government's position.
17.02.2009Measles and MMR statistics
This note summarises the latest statistics on measles incidence and rates of immunisation. It also discusses the effect of media coverage on public confidence in the MMR triple vaccine, and compares the UK's immunisation rates with the rest of the OECD.
All Select Committee Reports
32 Select Committee Reports
DateDescription
15.02.2012Role and functions of departmental Chief Scientific Advisers.
Science and Technology Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
31.10.2011Government response to the seventh report of the Science and Technology Select Committee on the Forensic...
Government response. Science and Technology Select Committee report [Commons]
07.09.2011Practical experiments in school science lessons and science field trips.
Science and Technology Select Committee report [Commons]
18.07.2011Peer review in scientific publication.
Science and Technology Select Committee report [Commons]
11.07.2011Behaviour change.
Science and Technology Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
11.07.2011Astronomy and particle physics.
Government response. Science and Technology Select Committee; Cabinet Office report [Commons]
22.06.2011Forensic Science Service.
Science and Technology Select Committee report [Commons]
08.06.2011Bioengineering.
Government response. Science and Technology Select Committee report [Commons]
08.06.2011Scientific advice and evidence in emergencies.
Government response. Science and Technology Select Committee; Department for Business, Innovation and Skills report [Commons]
11.05.2011Technology and innovation centres.
Government response. Science and Technology Select Committee; Department for Business, Innovation and Skills report [Commons]
11.05.2011Scientific advice and evidence in emergencies.
Government response. Science and Technology Select Committee; Department for Business, Innovation and Skills report [Commons]
04.05.2011Astronomy and particle physics.
Science and Technology Select Committee report [Commons]
14.02.2011Scientific advice and evidence in emergencies.
Science and Technology Select Committee report [Commons]
09.02.2011Technology and innovation centres.
Science and Technology Select Committee report [Commons]
12.01.2011Educating the next generation of scientists.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
30.07.2010The impact of spending cuts on science and scientific research.
Government response. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills report [Commons]
30.07.2010Setting priorities for publicly funded research.
Government response. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills report [Commons and Lords]
22.07.2010The legacy report.
Government response. Science and Technology Select Committee report [Commons]
24.03.2010The Legacy Report.
Science and Technology Select Committee report [Commons]
17.03.2010The impact of spending cuts on science and scientific research.
Science and Technology Select Committee report [Commons]
10.03.2010The Regulation of Geoengineering.
Science and Technology Select Committee report [Commons]
24.02.2010The Government's review of the principles applying to the treatment of independent scientific advice
Science and Technology Select Committee; Cabinet Office report [Commons]
15.12.2009Nanotechnologies and Food.
Science and Technology Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
09.12.2009The Government's review of the principles applying to the treatment of independent scientific advice
Science and Technology Select Committee report [Commons]
21.10.2009Putting science and engineering at the heart of government policy.
Government response. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Science and Technology Select Committee report [Commons]
13.07.2009Pre-appointment hearing with the Chair-elect of the Science and Technologies Facilities Council, Professor...
Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
08.07.2009Putting science and engineering at the heart of government policy.
Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
24.06.2009Engineering: turning ideas into reality.
Government response. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
10.06.2009The future of science scrutiny following the merger of DIUS and BERR.
Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
13.05.2009Pre-appointment hearing with the Chair-elect of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council,...
Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
18.03.2009Engineering: turning ideas into reality.
Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
17.03.2009Systematics and Taxonomy: Follow up.
Government response. Science and Technology Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]