No. 73 of Session 2003-04 21 October 2004



The Science and Technology Committee is to conduct an inquiry into the future of the Medical Research Council’s (MRC) National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR).

The Committee will focus on the rationale behind the move of the NIMR to a central London university hospital site and the process by which decisions are being reached. It will look at the impact of the proposed move on the work of the NIMR, the financial implications for the MRC and on the balance of the MRC’s strategic priorities.

In announcing the inquiry, the Chairman of the Committee, Dr Ian Gibson MP, said “There is a lot of unrest about this move, maybe because the scientific case for it has not been made loudly enough. We want to get to the bottom of the real reasons behind the move, and to see if they stand up to scrutiny.” 

The Committee has asked the MRC to delay a final decision until it has reported on the issue, early in 2005.

Written evidence is invited from interested parties and individuals. Evidence should be submitted by Friday 19 November 2004. An oral evidence session will be held with representatives of the MRC and the NIMR on 1 December 2004 at 10.00am in Committee Room 8 at the House of Commons. 

Guidelines for the submission of evidence

Evidence should be submitted in Word formats, 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 subject line of 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. Click this link for guidance on the submission of evidence

For further information on this inquiry contact the Clerk of the Committee, Chris Shaw, on 0207 219 2792. For general enquiries about the submission of evidence and the work of the Committee, contact Ana Ferreira on 0207 219 2793.

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

 Notes for Editors

• Under the terms of Standing Order No. 152 the Committee is empowered to examine the Aexpenditure, policy and administration of the Office of Science and Technology and its associated public bodies@. The Committee was appointed on 12 November 2001.