No. 26 of Session 2003-04, dated 6 March 2004



Monday 15 March, 4.30 pm

Committee Room 6

Agriculture, forestry and the environment


Dr Nick Brown, Oxford Forestry Institute

Dr Guy Poulter, Director, Natural Resources Institute

Professor George Rothschild, Chair of the independent advisory committees for the Department for International Development's research programmes

At approximately 5.15pm

Professor John Lawton CBE, Chief Executive, Natural Environment Research Council

Professor John Pickett FRS, Head of the Biological Chemistry Division, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Dr Tony Burne, Head of Research Policy, Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Science Directorate

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Notes for Editors

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

The Committee announced its inquiry into The use of science in UK international development policy on 21 July 2003, see Press Notice No. 39 of Session 2002-03. It held evidence sessions on 12 January and 23 February. The transcript of these sessions are on the web site. Further sessions are planned as follows:

Monday April 26th: Education & training; Government co-ordination

Wednesday June 9th: Engineering; health

Witnesses to be announced.