Business and Enterprise Committee

27 March 2008 (PN 28)


Creating a Higher Value-Added Economy

Committee to hear from NESTA and Will Hutton

The Business & Enterprise Committee will hold an oral evidence session as part of its inquiry into Creating a Higher Value-Added Economy with NESTA and Will Hutton, Chief Executive of the Work Foundation.

Subjects which may be covered include:

How government can support innovation and high value-added economic activity.
Reaction to the Enterprise and Innovation White Papers.
Availability of venture capital for technology start-ups.
Whether the UK can retain research and development capacity.

Date/Time: Wednesday 2 April at 9.15am

Witnesses: National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA)
Richard Halkett, Executive Director, Policy and Research Unit,
Richard Braham, Senior Policy Associate, and
James Meadway, Policy Analyst.

Work Foundation (at 10:15 am)
Will Hutton, Chief Executive, and
Ian Brinkley, Director, Knowledge Economy Program.

Location: Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

Further Information:
As a consequence of machinery of government changes announced in June 2007, the Department for Trade and Industry ceased to exist and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform was created. Following this decision, the Trade and Industry Committee was dissolved and a successor committee has been created, with the following membership:

Chairman: Peter Luff MP (Con) (Mid Worcestershire)
Mr Adrian Bailey (Lab) (West Bromwich West) Roger Berry (Lab) (Kingswood)
Mr Brian Binley (Con) (Northampton South) Mr Michael Clapham (Lab) (Barnsley West and Pen.)
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Lab) (Chorley) Mark Hunter (Lib Dem) (Cheadle)
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Con) (Bromsgrove) Anne Moffat (Lab) (East Lothian)
Mr Mike Weir (SNP) (Angus) Mr Anthony Wright (Lab) (Great Yarmouth)

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