21 January 2009
No. 10 (08-09)



The Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee is to hold its first Science Question Time with the Minister of State for Science and Innovation, Lord Drayson, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, on Monday 26 January at 5.15pm in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House, (immediately after the evidence session on the Committee's new inquiry Putting Science and Engineering at the heart of government policy, which starts at 4.15pm).

The Minister will answer questions on:
- the impact of the economic downturn on the UK's STEM base
- responsive mode funding formats across the Research Councils
- innovation.

There will be supplementary questions from Committee Members on each subject.

The session is open to the public on a first come, first served basis. Portcullis House is the building directly above Westminster Station, entrance to which is via Victoria Embankment. There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms. There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms. It is advisable to allow about 30 minutes to pass through security checks. Committee rooms and the timing of meetings are subject to change. Those interested in attending the session should check the venue by contacting the House of Commons Public Information Office on 020 7219 4272 on the day before the hearing.


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