No. 26 of Session 2002-03

 14th April 2003


1. Wednesday 30 April at 4.30pm

The Work of the Natural Environment Research Council

Professor John Lawton (Chief Executive); Professor Anne Glover (Council Member); Dr David Lynn (Director, Science and Innovation); Mr David Bloomer (Director, Finance and Information Systems).

2. Wednesday 14 May at 4.30pm

The Scientific Response to Bioterrorism

Third Evidence Session: Academic Research

Panel 1: To consider controls over substances and pathogens; and the vetting of researchers and publications.

Academy of Medical Sciences

David Harrison (Director of Health and Safety Unit, University of Birmingham)

Research Councils UK

Association of Heads of University Administration

At 5.15pm (Approx)*

Panel 2: To consider the merits of an ethical code of conduct for scientists; its incorporation in international law; and its enforcement by the Research Councils and professional bodies.

Research Councils UK

The Royal Society

UK Biosciences Federation

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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 evidence session with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry is an annual event as part of the Committee's remit to scrutinise the work of the Office of Science and Technology.

The inquiry into UK Science and Europe was announced on 21 November as Press notice No. 5 of Session 2002-03.