Select Committee on Science and Technology

No. 27 of Session 2006-07 14 March  2007



Wednesday 21 March 2007

As part of its ongoing scrutiny of the Office of Science and Innovation, the Science and Technology Committee will hold its first ‘Science Question Time’ of session 2006-07 on Wednesday 21 March  2007 with Malcolm Wicks MP, Minister for Science and Innovation, from 9.15am to 9.55am in The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House.

The Minister will answer the questions listed below. There will also be supplementary questions from Committee Members on each subject.

1. What are the implications for the ring-fencing of the science budget of the recent reductions in the end-of-year flexibility for the Research Councils?

2. What assessment has the OSI made of the effectiveness of the 21st Century Science GCSE in engaging students in science, and increasing the take-up of science at A level?

3. What discussions has the OSI had concerning the implementation of Sir David Cooksey’s recommendations for UK health research reforms?

4. What recent steps has the OSI taken to increase public engagement with its activities?

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Notes to editors:

• Under the terms of Standing Order No. 152 the Science and Technology Committee is empowered to examine the “expenditure, policy and administration of the Office of Science and Innovation and its associated public bodies”. The Committee was appointed on 19 July 2005.

Membership of the Committee

Mr Phil Willis (Lib Dem, Harrogate and Knaresborough)(Chairman)
Adam Afriyie (Con, Windsor)
Mr Robert Flello (Lab, Stoke-on-Trent South)
Linda Gilroy (Lab/Co-op, Plymouth Sutton)
Dr Evan Harris (Lib Dem, Oxford West & Abingdon)
Dr Brian Iddon (Lab, Bolton South East)
Chris Mole (Lab, Ipswich)
Mr Brooks Newmark (Con, Braintree)
Graham Stringer (Lab, Manchester, Blackley)
Bob Spink (Con, Castle Point)
Dr Desmond Turner (Lab, Brighton Kemptown)