No. 34 of Session 2002-03, dated 12 June 2003



Monday 16 June 4.30pm


At 4.30pm

Health and Safety Executive

Nick Starling, Co-Director, Safety Policy Directorate

Dr Paul Davies, Chief Scientist and Director, Corporate Science and Analytical Services Directorate

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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 Committee announced their inquiry into The Scientific Response to Terrorism on 19 December 2002, see Press Notice No. 8 of Session 2002-03.

The first session of evidence was held on 5 March with representatives of  the constituent parts of the new Health Protection Agency,  the BMA, the Royal College of GPs, the British Infection Society and Royal College of Physicians, NHS Trusts and the Ambulance Service.   The second session was held on 2 April with Acambis, PowderJect, the ABPI and GlaxoSmithKline; Department of Health, Defense Science and Technology Laboratory and the Police Scientific Development Branch.  The third session focused on the regulation of academic research and an ethical code of conduct. It was held on 14 May with the Academy of Medical Sciences, Research Council UK, the Royal Society and the UK Biosciences Federation. The fourth session was held on Wednesday 21 May with Foods Standards Agency, Thames Water and Tesco plc. Final evidence sessions will focus on:

-Strategy and policy: Ministers (30 June)

Details of witnesses to be announced.