Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Professor Brian Cox questioned on science funding

08 September 2015

The Science and Technology Committee holds two evidence sessions on the science budget. In the first session evidence is taken from Professor Graeme Reid, Campaign for Science and Engineering, and Universities UK. The second session is with the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, followed by Professor Brian Cox.


Tuesday 15 September 2015 in Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

At 2.15pm

  • Professor Graeme Reid, Chair, Science and Research Policy, University College London
  • Naomi Weir, Acting Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE)
  • Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive, Universities UK

At 3pm

  • Professor Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Government Office for Science

At 3.45pm

  • Professor Brian Cox

Purpose of the session

This is the third hearing on the inquiry, following evidence from the Science Minister in July and other key research and technology funding bodies on 8 September.

In this hearing the Committee examines:

  • the current ring-fence budgetary arrangements
  • the rationale for any adjustment to the trajectory of future Government expenditure on science and research
  • the synergies between government and private sector investment
  • the UK's relative position among research competitor states.

The Committee aims to report ahead of the Spending Review in November 2015, which will set budgets (including the Science Budget) for 2016-17 onwards.

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