No. 7 of Session 2003-04, dated 8 January 2004


Monday 29 March at 4.15 pm

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee will be taking evidence from

the Council of the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC) on Monday 29 March 2004 at 4.15 pm.

This will be a scrutiny session on CCLRC's work, strategy and expenditure plans, as part of the Committee=s ongoing programme of scrutiny of the Research Councils.

The hearing will be held in public in a committee room at the House of Commons and members of the press and public are invited to attend.

The Committee will be considering CCLRC's performance in meeting its new responsibilities following the Quinquennial Review. It will also focus upon how well CCLRC provides access to its facilities and research services for both the research community and to industry; the progress and implications for UK science of the Diamond synchroton facility; its performance in engaging with its user community in order to provide access to facilities in the future; and its training and commercialisation functions. The Committee is inviting comments from users and other interested parties on the above issues and any others relating to the performance of CCLRC.  Anyone wishing to submit comments should write to the Clerk of the Science and Technology Committee at the House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA, by Friday 5 March 2004. 

Evidence should be submitted in hard copy, but please send an electronic version too by email to or on disk.  Guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at .

For further information, please ring the Committee staff on 020 7219 2793/4, or refer to the Committee Office Information Line on 020 7219 2033. 

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Notes for those wishing to attend a public meeting of the Committee

Members of the public wishing to attend should present themselves at St Stephen's Entrance, or Portcullis House if appropriate, where they will be directed through security and to the appropriate Committee Room.  It is advisable to allow about 15 minutes for this. It is possible for the Committee Room designated for the hearing to change at short notice, but such room changes will be clearly  indicated.  Please ensure that mobile phones and pagers are turned off before entering the Committee Room.  Under no circumstances should members of the public address the Committee while in session.  It is not possible for seats to be reserved in the Committee Room but every effort is made to ensure sufficient seating.  Standing in Committee Rooms is permitted at the discretion of the Chairman.  Those attending meetings are asked to remain silent throughout.

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.

CCLRC is one of seven research councils funded by the Office of Science and Technology.  For details of its work, see .

The Committee has already reported on PPARC (HC 161 of Session 2002-03), on MRC (HC 132 of Session 2002-03), on NERC (HC 674 of Session 2002-03) and on EPSRC (HC 936 of Session 2002-03).  It took evidence from BBSRC on Monday 1 December 2003 and will be publishing a Report early this year.