Science and Technology Committee

No. 4A - Session 2002-2003

19 November 2002



The Committee will now be taking oral evidence on the Science Budget allocations, which are expected to be announced shortly, from Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Minister for Science, Department of Trade and Industry and Dr John Taylor, Director General of the Research Councils, on Wednesday 11 December 2002 at 4.30pm.

This hearing will be held in public in a committee room at the House of Commons and members of press and public are invited to attend.

Further information on the work of the Committee can be obtained from Committee staff on 020 7219 2793/4.

Previous press notices and publications are available on the Committee's internet homepage:

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 (on Parliament Square) 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

1.    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.

2.    The Committee took oral evidence on the last science budget allocations from Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Minister for Science,Department of Trade and Dr Martin Earwicker and Ms Jo Durning of the Office of Science and Technology on Wednesday 25 October 2000.  The transcript of the session is available at: