SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE
No. 16 of Session 2002-03
14 February 2003
THE SCIENTIFIC RESPONSE TO TERRORISM
FIRST EVIDENCE SESSION
Wednesday 5 March 4.30 pm
Committee Room 8
The Medical Response
Public Health Laboratory Service
Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research
National Focus for Chemical Incidents
National Radiological Protection Board
AT 5.15 PM
The British Medical Association; medical practitioners
NHS Acute Trusts, NHS Ambulance Trusts
The first evidence session will deal with medical planning and preparedness to deal with any terrorist attack in the UK. Future evidence sessions will focus on:
- Research: Government, industry and academia
- Detection technology: Government; food, water and transport industries
- Scientific advice and public communication policy
- Government co-ordination of policy
Dates and details of witnesses to be announced.
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.
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.
Note 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.