No. 32 of Session 2003-04, dated 23 April 2004


Wednesday 12 May, 9.30 - 10.00 am

Boothroyd Room

The Science and Technology Committee is inviting the science community to suggest questions to put to the Minister for Science and Innovation, Lord Sainsbury, at its "Science Question Time" on Wednesday 12 May.

The Committee is keen to hear directly from those in UK science about the major issues of concern to them at present in order to put some of these to the Minister in a formal evidence session. 

Dr Ian Gibson, Chairman of the Committee, said "We want to pick up the everyday moans from the labs and coffee bars and put them straight to the Minister. He needs to be put on the spot and made to answer the problems that really affect science and not just what the great and good tell him politely over a sherry."

The Committee will choose up to six questions to put to the Minister. These will be published in advance but the Committee will be able to ask supplementary questions to each of those listed. 

Suggested questions should be submitted in writing or by e-mail to Chris Shaw, Clerk of the Committee, at the above address by Thursday 6 May. Questions should be within the remit of the Minister for Science and Innovation.

At the first Science Question Time, on 9 February, the following subjects were covered: Innovation Report, Primate Research Centre, Beagle 2, EU chemicals policy, science education, medical research.

For further information, please ring the Committee staff on 020 7219 2793/4, or refer to the Committee Office Information Line on 020 7219 2033.  Previous press notices and publications are available on our website

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.

  • The Committee plans to hold Science Question Time every three months in order to raise topical issues with the Minister and to discuss recent developments in science and innovation. The sessions will feed into the Committee's 2004 Office of Science and Technology Scrutiny Report.