The Science and Technology Committee is appointed
to examine on behalf of the House of Commons the expenditure,
administration and policy of the Office of Science and Technology
(and any associated public bodies). Its constitution and powers
are set out in House of Commons Standing Order No. 152.
The Committee has a maximum of eleven members,
of whom the quorum for any formal proceedings is three. The members
of the Committee are appointed by the House and unless discharged
remain on the Committee until the next dissolution of Parliament.
The present membership of the Committee is as follows:
Dr Michael Clark MP (Conservative,
Sir Paddy Ashdown MP (Liberal Democrat, Yeovil)
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas, (Labour, Crosby)
Dr Ian Gibson MP (Labour, Norwich North)
Dr Brian Iddon MP (Labour, Bolton South East)
Mr Robert Jackson MP (Conservative, Wantage)
Dr Lynne Jones MP (Labour, Birmingham Selly Oak)
Dr Ashok Kumar MP (Labour, Middlesborough South and East Cleveland)
Mr Ian Taylor MP (Conservative, Esher and Walton)
Dr Desmond Turner MP (Labour, Brighton Kemptown)
Dr Alan W Williams MP (Labour, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr)
On 30 July 1997, the Committee elected Dr Michael Clark as its
The Committee has the power to require the submission
of written evidence and documents, to examine witnesses, and to
make Reports to the House. In the footnotes to this Report, references
to oral evidence are indicated by 'Q' followed by the question
number, references to the written evidence are indicated by 'Evidence'
followed by a page number.
The Committee may meet at any time (except when Parliament
is prorogued or dissolved) and at any place within the United
Kingdom. The Committee may meet concurrently with other committees
or sub-committees established under Standing Order No. 152 for
the purposes of deliberating, taking evidence or considering draft
reports. The Committee may meet concurrently with the House's
European Scrutiny Committee (or any of its sub-committees) or
the Environmental Audit Committee for the purposes of deliberating
or taking evidence. The Committee may exchange documents and evidence
with any of these committees, as well as with the House's Public
Accounts and Deregulation Committees.
The Reports and evidence of the Committee are published
by The Stationery Office by Order of the House. All publications
of the Committee (including press notices) are on the Internet
at www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/s&thome.htm. A list of
Reports of the Committee in the present Parliament is at page
xl of this volume.
All correspondence should be addressed to The Clerk
of the Science and Technology Committee, Committee Office, 7 Millbank,
London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general inquiries is:
020 7219 2794; the Committee's e-mail address is:
1 Mrs Caroline Spelman MP (Conservative, Meriden)
was appointed on 14 July 1997 and discharged on 22 June 1998.
Mr David Atkinson MP (Conservative, Bournemouth) was
appointed on 14 July 1997 and discharged on 30 November 1998.
Mrs Jacqui Lait MP (Conservative, Beckenham) was appointed
on 22 June 1998 and discharged on 5 July 1999. Mr Nigel Beard
MP (Labour, Bexleyheath and Crayford) was appointed on
14 July 1997 and discharged on 20 March 2000. Mr Nigel Jones(Liberal
Democrat, Cheltenham) was appointed on 14 July 1997 and discharged
on 15 May 2000. Back
Appointed on 14 July 1997. Back
Appointed on 15 May 2000. Back
Appointed on 20 March 2000. Back
Appointed on 5 July 1999. Back
Appointed on 30 November 1998. Back