Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee

Select Committee Press Notice

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25 June 2009


The Chairman of the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee, Phil Willis MP, today welcomed the decision of the House of Commons to establish a Science and Technology Committee from 1 October 2009. The new Committee will have the same membership and the same Chairman as the IUSS Committee.

Phil Willis said:

"On 5 June 2009 the Government abolished DIUS and relegated science to non-league status in a monster department. This move has reignited our efforts to ensure that science and technology have a select committee of their own, to ensure that they receive the cross-departmental scrutiny that is required to ensure that policy decisions are based on good scientific and engineering advice.

"Today, the House of Commons agreed to the creation of a new Science and Technology Committee. I cannot stress enough how vital the role of this Committee will be in ensuring that the Government's science policy is held to account and that adequate attention is given to such a crucial policy area.

"I welcome the decision of the Leader of the House to bring forward proposals to create this new Committee, and am delighted that the House of Commons agreed to these proposals earlier today.

"I must also thank all those who made powerful representations to the Leader of the House on our behalf. We look forward to taking science and technology back into the premier league this autumn."



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Committee Membership is as follows:
Mr Phil Willis (Liberal Democrat, Harrogate and Knaresborough)(Chairman)
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (Labour, City of Durham)
Mr Tim Boswell (Conservative, Daventry)
Mr Ian Cawsey (Labour, Brigg & Goole)
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Conservative, Mid Bedfordshire)
Dr Evan Harris (Liberal Democrat, Oxford West & Abingdon)
Dr Brian Iddon (Labour, Bolton South East)
Mr Gordon Marsden (Labour, Blackpool South)
Dr Bob Spink (UK Independence Party, Castle Point)
Ian Stewart (Labour, Eccles)
Mr Graham Stringer (Labour, Manchester, Blackley)
Dr Desmond Turner (Labour, Brighton Kemptown)
Mr Rob Wilson (Conservative, Reading East)

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