Select Committee on Science and Technology

No. 28 of Session 2006-07 28 March 2007



The Science and Technology Committee will publish its Fifth Report of Session 2006-07, Government proposals for the regulation of hybrid and chimera embryos [HC 272-I and II], at 00.01 on Thursday 5 April 2007.

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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 Innovation and its associated public bodies”. The Committee was appointed on 19 July 2005.

• This inquiry was announced on 10 January 2007 in press notice No 11.

• Evidence sessions in this inquiry were held on: Wednesday 31 January when evidence was heard from Dr Lyle Armstrong, Institute of Human Genetics, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Professor Chris Shaw, Professor of Neurology and Neurogenetics, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College,  London, Professor Austin Smith, Director, Wellcome Trust Centre for Stem Cell Research, University of Cambridge,  and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority: Monday 5 February when evidence was heard from: Dr David King, Director, Human Genetics Alert, Dr Calum MacKellar,  Director of Research, Scottish Council on Human Bioethics, The Rt Revd Dr Lee Rayfield, Bishop of Swindon, Dr Simon Denegri, Chief Executive, Association of Medical Research Charities, Emeritus Professor Raanan Gillon, former editor of Journal of Bioethics, Professor Colin Blakemore, Chief Executive, Medical Research Council, Professor Martin Bobrow, Deputy Chairman of the Wellcome Trust, and David Macauley, Chief Executive, UK Stem Cells Foundation: and on Wednesday 28 February when evidence was heard from: Caroline Flint MP, Minister for Public Health and Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer for England, Department of Health

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)
Linda Gilroy (Lab/Co-op, Plymouth Sutton)
Dr Evan Harris (Lib Dem, Oxford West & Abingdon)
Dr Brian Iddon (Lab, Bolton South East)
Chris Mole (Lab, Ipswich)
Mr Brooks Newmark (Con, Braintree)
Graham Stringer (Lab, Manchester, Blackley)
Bob Spink (Con, Castle Point)
Dr Desmond Turner (Lab, Brighton Kemptown)