Select Committee on Science and Technology

No. 28 of Session 2005-06 22 March 2006



The Science and Technology Committee will hold an inquiry into Research Council Institutes (RCIs).

The inquiry will focus upon the Research Councils’ strategies for providing support to their institutes and centres. Evidence is invited on the following points:

  • The role of RCIs in maintaining the UK research and skills base;

  • The balance between Research Council expenditure on RCIs and on grant funding;

  • The rationale behind the different approaches adopted by the Research Councils to supporting RCIs and the case for greater harmonisation of practice;

  • The role of Research Councils UK in monitoring and improving the effectiveness of Research Councils’ support for RCIs;

  • The role of the Office of Science and Technology in providing support for RCIs; and

  • A review of progress on current reorganisations involving RCIs, including the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the National Institute for Medical Research and the Roslin Institute.

The Committee would welcome written evidence from interested organisations and individuals addressing these points. Evidence should be submitted by Monday 5 June 2006. Oral evidence sessions will begin at the end of June.

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

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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 Technology 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 Jim Devine (Lab, Livingston)
Mr Robert Flello (Lab, Stoke-on-Trent South)
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)