Science and Technology Committee


No. 16 of Session 2002-03

14 February 2003



Wednesday 5 March 4.30 pm

Committee Room 8

The Medical Response

AT 4.30PM

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

AT 5.45PM

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.