Lords Committee inquiry into Innovate UK hears from Science Minister
The Lords Science and Technology Committee investigation into Innovate UK will next week, Tuesday 14 June, hear from the Science Minister, Jo Johnson MP.
The Committee is exploring the implications of the Government's newly announced plans to incorporate Innovate UK into UK Research and Innovation alongside the Research Councils and Research England.
In an evidence session at 11.40am, the Committee will quiz Mr Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, as well as Mr Gareth Davies, Director General for Business and Science, at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Questions could include:
- What is the rationale for the integration of Innovate UK into UK Research Innovation?
- What are the risks and opportunities of the plans to integrate Innovate UK into UK Research and Innovation?
- How will Innovate UK's budget be protected within UK Research and Innovation?
- How will Innovate UK fit into the Government's new National Innovation Plan?
In an earlier session at 10.40am the Committee will hear from Dr Ruth McKernan CBE, Chief Executive, Innovate UK; Professor Jackie Hunter CBE, former Chief Executive, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; and Mr Stian Westlake, Executive Director of Policy and Research, NESTA.
The witnesses will be questioned on similar issues, such as the rational for the change, the risks and opportunities, and the anticipated effects of the proposed changes.
The Committee evidence sessions will take place at 10.40am and 11.40am in Committee Room 4A in the House of Lords, on Tuesday 14 June.