No. 42 Session 2002-2003

24 September 2003


Light Pollution and Astronomy

The Science and Technology Committee will publish its Seventh Report of Session 2002B03, Light Pollution and Astronomy (HC 747), at 1200 noon on Monday 6 October 2003. 

The Report examines the growth of light pollution in the UK and the effect it has had on professional and amateur astronomy.

Members of the Committee will be holding press conferences at various locations. Members of the press and interested parties are invited to attend. The details are as follows:

Dr Ian Gibson MP(Chairman)

Sunday 5 October


Seething Observatory,Toad Lane, Thwaite St Mary, Norwich

Mr Tom Harris MP

Monday 6 October


Glasgow Science Centre , 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA

Dr Brian Iddon MP

Monday 6 October


Godlee Observatory, UMIST, Main Building, UMIST, Sackville Street, Manchester

Mr Tony McWalter MP

Monday 6 October


Bayfordbury Observatory, University of Hertfordshire, Bayfordbury, near Hertford

Dr Desmond Turner MP

Monday 6 October


Astronomy Centre, University of Sussex

Embargoed electronic copies of the Report will be available to the press and to those who gave evidence to the inquiry from 12 noon on Saturday 4 October, provided they ask for copies in advance.

Embargoed hard copies of the Report will be available to the press and to those who gave evidence to the inquiry from Reception, 7 Millbank, at 10am on Monday 6 October.

The Reports can also be obtained from the date of publication from TSO outlets and from the Parliamentary Bookshop, 12 Bridge Street, Parliament Square, London SW1A 2JX (020 7219 3890) by quoting House of Commons paper No. 507.  The text of the Reports will also be available on the Committee's internet homepage:

Further information on the work of the Committee can be obtained from Committee staff on 020 7219 2793/4.

Previous press notices and publications are available on our website.

Note for Editors

1. 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.

2. The inquiry into Light Pollution and Astronomy was announced on 4 February 2003. See press notice no. 15.

3. The Committee took oral evidence on Monday 9 June and Monday 14 July 2003. The Minutes of Evidence are published with this Report.