Select Committee on Science and Technology

No. 53 of Session 2005-06 19 July 2006



The Science and Technology Committee is launching a major and wide-ranging inquiry into aspects of UK space policy. The Committee will be monitoring progress towards the strategic objectives of UK space policy and addressing some key broad issues, including the following:

  • The impact of current levels of investment on space-related activities on the UK’s international competitiveness in this sector;

  • The benefits and value for money obtained from participation in the European Space Agency and other international programmes;

  •  The maximisation of commercial benefits and wealth creation from UK space-based technologies through innovation and knowledge transfer;

  • The delivery of public benefits from the space-related activities of different Government departments (eg DEFRA, MoD, DTI, DfT), and the co-ordination of these activities; and

  • Support for space-related research and the UK skills base.

The Committee invites written evidence from interested organisations and individuals addressing these points. Evidence should be submitted by Friday 13 October 2006. Oral evidence sessions will begin later in the year.

Guidelines for the submission of evidence

Evidence should be submitted in Word format, and should be sent by e-mail to . The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document should include a brief executive summary. Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it, but those wishing to publish their evidence before it is published by the Committee are invited to contact the Clerk of the Committee to obtain permission to do so. Guidance on the submission of evidence can be found here

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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)
Mr Jim Devine (Lab, Livingston)
Dr Evan Harris (Lib Dem, Oxford West & Abingdon)
Dr Brian Iddon (Lab, Bolton South East)
Margaret Moran (Lab, Luton South)
Mr Brooks Newmark (Con, Braintree)
Anne Snelgrove (Lab/Co-op, South Swindon)
Bob Spink (Con, Castle Point)
Dr Desmond Turner (Lab, Brighton Kemptown)