Science and Technology Committee

Science and Technology Committee

No. 19 of Session 2002-03

6 March 2003


1. Wednesday 26 March at 4.30 pm

To give evidence on the implications for science of the Higher Education White Paper:

Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, MP, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry


Rt Hon Charles Clarke MP, Secretary of State for Education and Skills

2. Wednesday 9 April at 4.15pm

To give evidence on the inquiry into UK Science and Europe: value for money?

Professor Sir George Radda CBE FRS, Chief Executive, Medical Research Council

Professor Julia Goodfellow, CBE, Chief Executive, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Professor Ian Halliday, Chief Executive, Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council

At 5pm

Professor Sir David King, KB, Chief Scientific Adviser

Dr John Taylor OBE, Director General of the Research Councils

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Notes for Editors

Under the terms of Standing Order No. 152 the Committee is empowered to examine the "expenditure, policy and administration of the Office of Science and Technology and its associated public bodies". The Committee was appointed on 12 November 2001.

The evidence session with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry is an annual event as part of the Committee's remit to scrutinise the work of the Office of Science and Technology.

The inquiry into UK Science and Europe was announced on 21 November as Press notice No. 5 of Session 2002-03.