The science budget: Committee to hold second evidence session

03 September 2015

The Science and Technology Committee will take evidence in the first session from Innovate UK and the National Physical Laboratory, followed by representatives of the Higher Education Funding Council for England and Research Councils UK


Tuesday 8 September 2015 in Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

At 2.15 pm

  • Dr Ruth McKernan CBE, Chief Executive, Innovate UK
  • Martyn Sené, Deputy Director and Operations Director, National Physical Laboratory

At 3.05 pm

  • David Sweeney, Director (Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange), Higher Education Funding Council for England
  • Professor Rick Rylance, Executive Group Chair, Research Councils UK
  • Professor Philip Nelson, Executive Group Chair-elect, Research Councils UK

Purpose of the session

The session will be the second hearing of the inquiry, following the session with the Science Minister in July. The Committee will examine the current ring-fence budgetary arrangements; the rationale for any adjustment to the trajectory of future Government expenditure on science and innovation; the synergies between government and private sector investment; and the UK's relative position among research competitor states. The Committee will have further hearings and aims to report ahead of the Spending Review in November, which will set budgets (including the Science Budget) for 2016-17 onwards.

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