Select Committee on Science and Technology

No. 42 of Session 2005-06 24 May 2006



The Science and Technology Committee is to conduct an inquiry into human enhancement technologies (HETs) in sport. The inquiry focuses on the opportunities and problems presented by the increasing availability of technologies capable of enhancing sporting performance, including use of performance enhancing drugs, gene doping and technological devices. Particular attention will be paid to the use and detection of legal and illegal HETs in the London 2012 Olympics.

On the 21st June 2006, the Committee will hold a seminar to launch this inquiry. The programme is designed to highlight the main issues of importance and will feature presentation of the following:

  • Mr Linford Christie OBE , Olympic Gold Medal winner
    Views from athletes and coaches (Q/A session)

  • Professor Ron Maughan , University of Loughborough
    The future! Technologies for human enhancement in sport

  • Mr Steve Maynard , HFL Ltd
    HET detection

  • Professor Julian Savulescu , University of Oxford
    The ethics of HETs in sport

The Seminar will be held at 9.30 - 11.30 am and will take place in Committee room 6.

Guidelines for attendance

A limited number of places are available for attendance at this event and entry will only be given to those who have registered and received prior confirmation of their place. Interested parties should register by sending an email to The e-mail should make clear who the potential attendee is and the organisation they are from, together with a contact name and telephone number.

For further information please call Ana Ferreira, on 020 7219 2793.

Journalists wishing to attend should also call Laura Kibby (Committee Media Officer) on 020 7219 0718.

Notes for those attending the seminar

Entrance to the seminar is via St Stephen's Entrance where attendees should present themselves so that they can be directed through security and to the appropriate Committee Room. It is advisable to allow about 20 minutes for this. Please ensure that mobile phones and pagers are turned off before entering the Committee Room.

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.

€ This inquiry was announced on 1 March 2006 in Press Notice No 24 of session 2005-06.

Membership of the Committee

Mr Phil Willis (Lib Dem, Harrogate and Knaresborough)(Chairman)
Adam Afriyie (Con, Windsor)
Mr Robert Flello (Lab, Stoke-on-Trent South)
Mr Jim Devine (Lab, Livingston)
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)