Select Committee on Science and Technology

No. 34 of Session 2005-06 25 April 2006


Following the University of Sussex's announcement to change its Chemistry provision at the University the Committee held an evidence session with the Vice Chancellor, Professor Alasdair Smith, the Head of the Chemistry Department, Dr Gerry Lawless and the Acting Head of HEFCE, Mr Steve Egan on Monday 27 March.

The findings of the Committee will be published as the Committee's Second Report of Session 2005-06, Strategic Science Provision in English Universities: a follow-up, (HC 1011) at 00.01 on Thursday 4 May 2006.

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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 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)