Government Chief Scientific Adviser

17 November 2015

On Tuesday 17 November, the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee hears from Sir Mark Walport, the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser on funding, regulation and horizon scanning.


The session takes place on Tuesday 17 November in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster.

At 10.40am:

  • Professor Sir Mark Walport FMedSci FRS, Government Chief Scientific Adviser

Areas of discussion

The committee questions Sir Mark Walport on issues such as future research priorities, the role of the Government in directing science funding, the effects of cuts on R&D spending, whether regulation is stifling growth, and the implications of localism  on science advice.

Possible questions Sir Mark may be asked include:

  • What are the current horizon scanning priorities within the Government Office for Science? How are these priorities arrived at?
  • Do GMOs present an area where regulation can serve to stifle innovation?
  • How do diverse national policies on, and public attitudes towards, issues such as GMOs cause tensions?
  • Who should decide the direction of Government funding on research?
  • Have cuts to departmental research budgets compromised the ability of Government Departments to conduct wide ranging and quality research to inform scientific advice?

He is also asked about areas that relate to the Committee's current inquiry into genetically modified insects.

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