No. 28 of Session 2004-05 23 February 2005


2 March 2005

As part of its ongoing scrutiny of the Office of Science and Technology the Science and Technology Committee will hold its first “Question Time” of  2005 with the Minister for Science and Innovation, Lord Sainsbury of Turville, from 9.30 to 10.00am in Committee Room 8.

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

1. What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on the closure of science departments in universities?

2. What progress has been made on the negotiations on the site of ITER?

3. What contribution has the UK made to provide scientific assistance and support in response to the Asian Tsunami?

4. What recent discussions he has had with the Research Councils on their planned strategy on access to scientific publications?

5. Who is responsible for co-ordinating and monitoring the implementation of the Ten Year Science and Innovation Investment Framework?

6. What changes will there be to staff numbers in OST up to 2008 as a result of the implementation of the Gershon review of public sector efficiency?

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Notes for Editors

• 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.

• The Committee holds Science Question Time around every three months. It is designed to enable the Committee to raise topical issues with the Minister and to discuss recent developments in science and innovation.

• The transcript of the evidence session will be published on the Committee’s website within a week of the evidence session.

Membership of the Committee

Dr Ian Gibson (Lab, Norwich North) (Chairman)
Mr Tony McWalter (Lab, Hemel Hempstead)
Paul Farrelly (Lab, Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Dr Andrew Murrison (Con, Westbury)
Dr Evan Harris (Lib, Dem, Oxford West & Abingdon)
Geraldine Smith (Lab, Morecambe and Lunesdale)
Kate Hoey (Lab, Vauxhall)
Bob Spink (Con, Castle Point)
Dr Brian Iddon (Lab, Bolton South East)
Dr Desmond Turner (Lab, Brighton Kemptown)
Mr Robert Key (Con, Salisbury)