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Monday 1 December 2003

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Dr Evan HarrisMr Tony McWalter
Dr Brian IddonDr Desmond Turner
Mr Robert Key

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That an "Award of Appreciation" would be presented to the Committee by the Campaign for Dark Skies at a small reception.

Resolved, That the next Research Council to be scrutinised would be CCLRC, followed by ESRC and then RCUK.

Resolved, That the first evidence session on the Use of Science in UK International Development Policy would be with DfID and OST.

Ordered, That Dr Gillian Lockwood and Professor Derek Morgan be appointed as specialist advisers to the Committee for its inquiry into Human Reproductive Technologies and the Law.

The Work of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council: Professor Julia Goodfellow, Chief Executive, Mr Steve Visscher, Director of Finance and Administration, Professor David White, Director of Science and Technology, and Professor Robert Freedman, Member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 8 December at Four o'clock.

Dr Evan Harris MP declared the following interest:

"Recent three day visit to the American Society of Clinical Oncology for myself and partner funded by Acambis in Chicago.".

Monday 8 December 2003

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Dr Evan HarrisGeraldine Smith
Mr Robert KeyBob Spink
Mr Tony McWalterDr Desmond Turner

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do hold an inquiry into Scientific publications.

Chief Executive, MRC: Introductory Session: Professor Colin Blakemore, examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 15 December at Four o'clock.

Monday 15 December 2003

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Dr Evan HarrisGeraldine Smith
Dr Brian IddonDr Desmond Turner
Mr Robert Key

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Special Report (Government Response to the Committee's Seventh Report, Session 2002-03, Light Pollution and Astronomy) proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the Report be the First Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government's response to the Seventh Report, Session 2002-03, Light Pollution and Astronomy, be appended to the Report.– (The Chairman)

Resolved, That the launch of the e-consultation in connection with the inquiry into Human Reproduction Technologies and the Law would take place at the Dana Centre on Thursday 22 January at 10.30am.

Resolved, That the Committee do visit one private and one public sector clinic in the London area in connection with its inquiry into Human Reproduction Technologies and the Law.

Resolved, That the Committee do visit the British Library and the Wellcome Trust on Tuesday 10 February in connection with the Scientific publications inquiry.

Resolved, That the Committee do hold an informal meeting with Sir John Taylor, the outgoing DGRC, in connection with the Government Support for Nanotechnology inquiry.

Resolved, That Richard Lambert and Sir Keith O'Nions, the new DGRC, be called to give evidence on the 26 January in connection with the Government Support for Nanotechnology inquiry.

Government Support for Nanotechnology: Professor Tony Cass, Biosciences Federation, Professor Sir Harry Kroto, Royal Society of Chemistry, Professor Ron Lawes, Institution of Electronic Engineers, and Professor Mervyn Miles, Institute of Physics, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 12 January at Four o'clock.

Monday 12 January 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Dr Evan HarrisPaul Farrelly

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do hold a private informal meeting with Sir John Taylor, the outgoing DGRC on Wednesday 28 January 2004

Resolved, That the Committee do visit the British Library, the Wellcome Trust and Reed Elsevier in connection with its inquiry into Scientific Publications.

Resolved, That the first evidence session with Lord Sainsbury would be on Monday 9 February 2004.

Draft Special Report (Government Response to the Committee's Ninth Report, Session 2002-03, The Work of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the Report be the Second Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government's response to the Ninth Report, Session 2002-03, The Work of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, be appended to the Report.– (The Chairman)

Draft Report (Annual Report 2003), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

The minutes of proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the First Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Session 2003-04 (HC 169, p 17).

The Use of Science in UK International Development Policy: Mr Paul Spray, Head of Research, Mr Julian Lob-Levyt, Chief Human Development Adviser, and Mr Jim Harvey, Head of Rural Livelihoods, Department for International Development, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 19 January at Four o'clock.

Monday 19 January 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Paul Farrelly Mr Tony McWalter
Dr Evan HarrisGeraldine Smith
Dr Brian IddonDr Desmond Turner
Mr Robert KeyBob Spink

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do hold a private informal meeting with Mr Omi, former Japanese Science Minister, on Tuesday 20 January to discuss his proposals for a Science and Technology Forum.

Resolved, That the panel of witnesses for the last evidence session in connection with its inquiry into Government Support for Nanotechnology will consist of Lord Sainsbury of Turville and Sir Keith O'Nions.

Resolved, That the Committee do visit Malawi in connection with its inquiry into the use of Science in UK International Development Policy.

Ordered, That the Chairman do seek the approval of the Liaison Committee for expenditure in connection with the said visit.

Resolved, That the Committee change its regular meeting time to Wednesday mornings at 9.00am.

Draft Report (Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council: Introductory Hearing), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

The minutes of proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Second Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Session 2003-04 (HC 55, p 8).

EU Chemicals Policy: Mr Andrew Lee, Director of Campaigns, WWF-UK, and Mr Mark Strutt, Toxics Campaigner, Greenpeace; Mr Nigel Smith, CSR Policy Director, British Retail Consortium, and Mr Mike Barry, Marks and Spencer; Emily McIvor, EU Policy Co-ordinator, Dr Gill Langley, Scientific Advisor, and Mr David Thomas, Legal Consultant, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 28 January at Ten o'clock]

Wednesday 28 January 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Paul Farrelly Mr Robert Key
Dr Evan HarrisBob Spink
Dr Brian Iddon

The Committee deliberated.

Government Support for Nanotechnology: Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry and Sir Keith O'Nions, Director General of the Research Councils, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 2 February at Nine forty five.

Monday 2 February 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Paul Farrelly Mr Robert Key
Dr Evan HarrisBob Spink
Dr Brian IddonDr Desmond Turner

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report (The Work of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council) proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

The minutes of proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Third Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Session 2003-04 (HC 6, p 43).

Resolved, That the Committee do send follow up questions to DFID and the FCO regarding the Use of Science in UK International Development Policy inquiry.

EU Chemicals Policy: Dr Jos Delbeke, DG Environment, European Commission, examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 2 February at Three O'clock.

Monday 2 February 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Dr Evan HarrisBob Spink
Dr Brian IddonDr Desmond Turner
Mr Robert Key

The Committee deliberated.

EU Chemicals Policy: Commissioner Liikanen, DG Enterprise, European Commission, examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 9 February at half past Three o'clock.

Monday 9 February 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Dr Evan HarrisMr Tony McWalter
Dr Brian IddonBob Spink
Mr Robert KeyDr Desmond Turner

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do invite six academics to give oral evidence at the evidence session on Scientific Publications on 19 April.

Ordered, That David Worlock be appointed as a Specialist Adviser to assist the Committee with its Scientific Publications inquiry.

Resolved, That the Committee do extend the deadline for the completion of the e-consultation on the Human Reproductive Technologies and the Law inquiry for approximately two weeks beyond 29 February 2004.

Resolved, That the Committee do hold a one off evidence session as a follow up to its RAE Report. It was agreed that evidence would be taken on Wednesday 11 February.

Science Question Time: Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry, examined.

EU Chemicals Inquiry: Judith Hackett, Chemical Industries Association; John Kemp, Infineum International Ltd; Craig Barker, Ciba Speciality Chemicals Inc; Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, Minister of State; Mr Colin Church, Head of Chemicals and GM Policy Division; Ms Giulia Musto, Head of Branch, New EU Chemicals Strategy, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Mr Patrick Walsh, Head of Chemicals Unit, Department for Trade and Industry, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 23 February at Four o'clock.

Monday 23 February 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Paul FarrellyMr Tony McWalter
Dr Evan HarrisDr Desmond Turner
Dr Brian Iddon

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do alter its meeting time to Wednesdays at 9.30am, effective from immediately after the Easter recess, with the exception of the meeting on Monday 26 April.

Resolved, That the Committee do visit Reed Elsevier as part of its inquiry into Scientific Publications on Thursday 26 February, from 9.30-11am.

Draft Report (Office of Science and Technology: Scrutiny Report 2003) proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

The minutes of proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Fourth Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Session 2003-04 (HC 316, p 35).

The Use of Science in UK International Development Policy: Professor Melissa Leach, Environment Group, Institute of Development Studies; Mr Simon Maxwell, President, Development Studies Association, UK; Dr Gordon Smith, Chair, International Development Research Centre, Canada; Professor Ian Diamond, Chief Executive, Economic and Social Research Council; Mr Andrew Scott, Policy and Programmes Director, Intermediate Technology Development Group, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 1 March at Four o'clock.

Monday 1 March 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Paul FarrellyMr Tony McWalter
Dr Evan HarrisGeraldine Smith
Dr Brian IddonBob Spink
Mr Robert KeyDr Desmond Turner

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do arrange a meeting with the Institute of Physics to discuss the implications for the physical sciences of the Bologna Declaration.

Scientific Publications: Bob Campbell, President, Blackwell Publishing; Richard Charkin, CEO, Macmillan Limited (representing Nature Publishing Group); Dr John Jarvis, Senior Vice President, Europe, Managing Director, Wiley Europe Limited; Crispin Davis, Chief Executive, Reed Elsevier; Arie Jongejan, CEO, Science and Technology, Reed Elsevier, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 8 March at Four o'clock.

Monday 8 March 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Dr Evan HarrisMr Robert Key
Kate HoeyMr Tony McWalter
Dr Brian IddonGeraldine Smith

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the meeting with the Institute of Physics to discuss the implication for the physical sciences of the Bologna Declaration do take place on Wednesday 17 March at 11am.

Resolved, That a meeting do take place with representatives from Europeans for Medical Advancement in order to discuss EU chemicals legislation on Tuesday 9 March at 3pm.

Resolved, That the e-consultation on Human Reproductive Technologies and the Law inquiry do close on 15 March 2004.

Resolved, That the Committee do meet with representatives from the Department for International Development after the publication of the DfID research strategy.

Resolved, That the Committee do write to the Editors of Lancet, Nature, Science and Cell to ask them about the policies they have in place to detect and prevent fraud and malpractice.

Scientific Publications: Dr Julia King, Chief Executive, Institute of Physics; Mrs Sally Morris, Chief Executive, Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers; Martin Richardson, Managing Director, Journals Division, Oxford University Press; Dr Nigel Goddard, CEO, Axiope Limited; Vitek Tracz, Chairman, Current Science Group (BioMed Central); Dr Harold E.Varmus, President and CEO, Public Library of Science (PLoS), were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 15 March at Four o'clock.

Monday 15 March 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Paul FarrellyMr Tony McWalter
Dr Evan HarrisGeraldine Smith
Kate HoeyBob Spink
Dr Brian IddonDr Desmond Turner
Mr Robert Key

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do request answers to additional questions from the Office of Science and Technology.

Resolved, That the Committee do request from DfID a copy of the independent report by the Evaluation Trust on the reorganisation of the department.

Resolved, That the Committee do visit Mr Taranisi's practice and Guy's Hospital in connection with its inquiry into Human Reproductive Technologies and the Law on Tuesday 4 May.

The Use of Science in UK International Development Policy: Dr Nick Brown, Oxford Forestry Institute; Dr Guy Poulter, Director, National Resources Institute; Professor George Rothschild, Chair of the independent advisory committees for the Department for International Development's research programmes; Professor John Lawton CBE, Chief Executive, Natural Environment Research Council; Professor John Pickett FRS, Head of the Biological Chemistry Division, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 22 March at Four o'clock.

Monday 22 March 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Paul FarrellyMr Tony McWalter
Dr Evan HarrisBob Spink
Dr Brian IddonDr Desmond Turner
Mr Robert Key

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report (Too little too late?: Government Investment in Nanotechnology) proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

The minutes of proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Fifth Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Session 2003-04 (HC 56-I, p 74).

Resolved, That the Committee do submit a memorandum to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, flagging up issues that it had raised in past Reports in order to inform the decision-making process for the Science and Innovation Investment Framework 2004-2014.

Director General for Higher Education: Introductory Session: Professor Sir Alan Wilson, examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 29 March at half past Three o'clock.

Wednesday 21 April 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Dr Evan HarrisMr Robert Key
Kate HoeyBob Spink
Dr Brian IddonDr Desmond Turner

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Special Report (Government Response to the Committee's Third Report, Session 2003-04, The Work of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council) proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the Report be the Third Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government's response to the Committee's Third Report, Session 2003-04, The Work of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, be appended to the Report.– (The Chairman)

Resolved, That the Committee do agree the proposed programme for its visit to Malawi as part of its inquiry into the Use of Science in UK International Development Policy, from 15 – 20 June.

Ordered, That Professor Sheila MacLean be appointed as a Specialist Adviser to assist the Committee with its Human Reproductive Technologies and the Law inquiry.

Scientific Publications: Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive, The British Library; Peter Fox, University Librarian, Cambridge University Library; Frederick J. Friend, Joint Information Systems Committee Consultant; Di Martin, Dean, Learning and Information Services, University of Hertfordshire; Jane Carr, Chief Executive, Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society; Professor M. James C. Crabbe, Head, School of Animal and Microbial Sciences, University of Reading; Professor John C. Fry, Professor of Microbial Ecology, Cardiff University; Professor Nigel J. Hitchin, Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford; David F. Williams, Professor Tissue Engineering, University of Liverpool, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 26 April at Four o'clock.

Monday 26 April 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Paul FarrellyMr Tony McWalter
Dr Brian IddonGeraldine Smith
Mr Robert KeyDr Desmond Turner

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do conduct an inquiry into Forensic Science in the autumn/new year.

Resolved, That the Committee do send its response to the Treasury's consultation on the Science and Innovation Investment Framework 2004-2014 to the Chancellor with a covering letter from the Chairman inviting him to appear before the Committee on the subject in the autumn.

The Use of Science in UK International Development Policy: Dr Lloyd Anderson, Director of Science, Engineering and Environment, British Council; Fiona Clouder Richards, Head, Science and Technology, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Sir David King, Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government and Head of the Office of Science and Technology; Dr Peter Tibber, Director of the International Sector Group, UK Trade and Investment (formerly Trade Partners UK), were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 5 May at half past Nine o'clock.

Wednesday 5 May 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Paul FarrellyDr Brian Iddon
Dr Evan HarrisMr Robert Key
Kate HoeyDr Desmond Turner

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report (Within REACH: the EU's new chemicals strategy) proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

The minutes of proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Sixth Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Session 2003-04 (HC 172-I, p 64).

Scientific Publications: Professor Sir Keith O'Nions, Director General of the Research Councils, (on behalf of the Office of Science and Technology and the Department of Trade and Industry); Rama Thirunamachandran, Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer, Higher Education Funding Council for England; Professor John Wood, CEO, Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (on behalf of RCUK), were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 12 May at quarter past Nine o'clock.

Wednesday 12 May 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Dr Evan HarrisBob Spink
Mr Robert KeyDr Desmond Turner
Mr Tony McWalter

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do hold an extra evidence session with a panel of four academics to hear their views on the Research Assessment Exercise on Monday 7 June at 4pm.

Draft Special Report (Government Response to the Committee's Fourth Report, Session 2003-04, Office of Science and Technology: Scrutiny Report 2003) proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the Report be the Fourth Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government's response to the Committee's Fourth Report, Session 2003-04, Office of Science and Technology: Scrutiny Report 2003, be appended to the Report.– (The Chairman)

Resolved, That the Committee do travel to two European countries with contrasting legislative frameworks as part of its inquiry into Human Reproductive Technologies and the Law.

Science Question Time: Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry.

DGRC: Introductory Hearing: Professor Sir Keith O'Nions, examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 19 May at half past Nine o'clock.

Wednesday 19 May 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Paul FarrellyMr Tony McWalter
Dr Evan HarrisBob Spink
Dr Brian IddonDr Desmond Turner
Mr Robert Key

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do visit the National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill in order to examine current and future developments involving research for therapeutic purposes that require an HFEA licence and to discuss the future of the Institute.

Resolved, That the Committee do visit Sweden and Italy as part of its inquiry into Human Reproductive Technologies and the Law.

Research Assessment Exercise: Professor Sir Gareth Roberts, President, Wolfson College, Oxford; Lord May of Oxford, President, The Royal Society; Professor Ivor Crewe, President, Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor, University of Essex; Professor Adrian Smith, Universities UK and Principal, Queen Mary, University of London; Sir Howard Newby, Chief Executive; Mr Rama Thirunamachandran, Director of Research Knowledge Transfer, Higher Education Funding Council for England, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 26 May at half past Nine o'clock.

Wednesday 26 May 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Dr Evan HarrisMr Tony McWalter
Dr Brian IddonGeraldine Smith
Mr Robert KeyBob Spink

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee would divide into two groups for the visit to Malawi.

Resolved, That the Committee would request a copy of the Report of the Beagle 2 inquiry commissioned by Lord Sainsbury and the European Space Agency.

Resolved, That the Committee do conduct a short inquiry into Beagle 2.

Draft Special Report (Government Response to the Committee's Second Report, Session 2003-04, Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council: Introductory Hearing) proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the Report be the Fifth Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government's response to the Committee's Second Report, Session 2003-04, Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council: Introductory Hearing, be appended to the Report.– (The Chairman)

Resolved, That the Committee do invite Rt Hon Paul Boateng, Lord Sainsbury and Alan Johnson to give evidence on the Science and Innovation Framework 2004-2014.

Resolved, That the Committee do visit the National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill as part of its inquiry into Human Reproductive technologies and the Law on Monday 19 October.

The Use of Science in UK International Development Policy: Mark Lowcock, Director General, Corporate Performance and Knowledge Sharing; Sharon White, Director, Policy Division; Paul Spray, Head, Central Research Department, DfID.

[Adjourned till Monday 7 June at Four o'clock.

Monday 7 June 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Paul FarrellyMr Tony McWalter
Dr Brian IddonDr Desmond Turner
Mr Robert Key

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do publish written evidence submitted to the Human Reproductive Technologies and the Law inquiry on its website in advance of the oral evidence sessions.

The Research Assessment Exercise: Follow-up inquiry: Ms Natalie Fenton, Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies, Loughborough University; Professor Ian Haines, Director of the Graduate School, London Metropolitan University and Chairman, UK Deans of Science; Professor Richard Joyner, Nottingham Trent University and Chairman, Save British Science; Dr Steve Wharton, University of Bath and member of DfES's Higher Education Research Forum for England (as a representative of the AUT), were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 9 June at half past Nine o'clock.

Wednesday 9 June 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Dr Brian IddonMr Tony McWalter
Mr Robert KeyDr Desmond Turner

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee's visit to Italy and Sweden do take place over three nights, with two days in Italy and one in Sweden.

The Use of Science in UK International Development Policy: Peter Cameron, Appropriate Development Panel, Institution of Civil Engineers; Dr Andrew Cotton, Managing Director, WELL Resource Centre, Water, Engineering and Development Centre, Loughborough University; Professor John O'Reilly, Chief Executive, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council; Professor Andy Haines, Dean, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Professor Ian Maudlin, Director, Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine; Nick Winterton, Executive Director, Medical Research Council, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 14 June at Four o'clock.

Monday 14 June 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Dr Evan HarrisBob Spink
Dr Brian IddonDr Desmond Turner
Mr Robert Key

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Special Report (Government Response to the Committee's Fifth Report, Session 2003-04, Too little too late? Government investment in Nanotechnology) proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the Report be the Sixth Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government Response to the Committee's Fifth Report of Session 2003-04, Too little too late? Government investment in Nanotechnology, be appended to the Report.– (The Chairman)

Draft Report (Director General for Higher Education: Introductory Hearing) proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

The minutes of proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Seventh Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Session 2003-04 (HC 461, p 9)

Draft Report (The Work of the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils) proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

The minutes of proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Eighth Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Session 2003-04 (HC 462, p 45)

Human reproductive technologies and the law: Mr Richard Kennedy, Person Responsible, Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Walsgrave Hospital; Professor Neil McClure, School of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Queen's University Belfast; Dr Simon Thornton, Person Responsible, the Park Hospital, Nottingham; Mrs Liz Corrigan, Business Manager and Nursing Director, Centre for Reproductive Medicine, University of Bristol; Dr Sue Avery, Chair of Association of Clinical Embryologists and Assisted Conception Unit, Birmingham Women's Hospital, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 23 June at Nine o'clock.

Wednesday 23 June 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Paul FarrellyMr Robert Key
Dr Evan HarrisMr Tony McWalter
Kate HoeyBob Spink
Dr Brian IddonDr Desmond Turner

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do move its normal meeting time to 9am as of 30 June.

Resolved, That the Committee do attend lunch with the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing on Tuesday 29 June.

Resolved, That the Committee do visit Sweden and Italy from 14–17 November.

Human reproductive technologies and the law: Phillippa Taylor; Chris Johnson; John Ford; Tony Gilland; Dr David S King; Dr Calum McKellar; Alison Davis; Patrick Mahon; Dr Maureen McHugh; Dr Neville Cobbe; Dr Richard Fleming and Dr Veronica van Heyningen, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 30 June at Nine o'clock.

Wednesday 30 June 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Paul FarrellyMr Tony McWalter
Dr Evan HarrisGeraldine Smith
Kate HoeyBob Spink

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report (Director General of the Research Councils: Introductory Hearing) proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

The minutes of proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Ninth Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Session 2003-04 (HC 577, p 10).

Human Reproductive technologies and the Law: Walter Merricks; David Gollancz; Becky Gardiner; Michelle Snead; Alan and Louise Masterton; Sheena Young; Sharon Griffiths; Tracey Sainsbury; Lisa Saffron, Maria Hurley and Barbara Slater, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 5 July at Four o'clock.

Monday 5 July 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Paul FarrellyMr Tony McWalter
Dr Evan HarrisBob Spink
Dr Brian IddonDr Desmond Turner
Mr Robert Key

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do visit QinetiQ, in Farnborough in order to visit their new nanomaterials plant.

Resolved, That the Committee do bid for a debate on its Report on EU Chemicals Policy in Westminster Hall.

Beagle 2: Professor Colin Pillinger, Planetary and Space Science Research Institute, The Open University; Dr Mike Healy, Director, ENS-UKEarth Observation, Navigation and Science, EADS Astrium Ltd; Mr Mike Rickett, former Director, Earth Observation and Science Division, Astrium Ltd; Dr Mark Sims, Space Research Centre, University of Leicester, Beagle 2 Mission Manager; David Southwood, Director, European Space Agency, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 7 July at Nine o'clock.

Wednesday 7 July 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Paul FarrellyMr Robert Key
Dr Evan HarrisMr Tony McWalter
Dr Brian IddonDr Desmond Turner

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do provide the European Scrutiny Committee with an opinion on the European Commission Communication, Towards a Strategy on Nanotechnology, published in May.

Draft Report (Scientific Publications: Free for all?) proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

The minutes of proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Tenth Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Session 2003-04 (HC 399-I, p 108)

Resolved, That the Committee do hold a press conference on the Scientific Publications on the morning of Tuesday 20 July at 10am at the British Library.

The Use of Science in UK International Development Policy: Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State for International Development; Steven Bass, Head of Environment Provision, DfID; Paul Spray, Head, Central Research Department, DfID, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 12 July at Four o'clock.

Monday 12 July 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Paul FarrellyMr Tony McWalter
Dr Brian IddonDr Desmond Turner
Mr Robert Key

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Special Report (Government Response to the Committee's Sixth Report, Session 2003-04, Within REACH: the EU's new chemicals strategy) proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the Report be the Seventh Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government's Response to the Committee's Sixth Report, Session 2003-04, Within REACH: the EU's new chemicals strategy, be appended to the Report.– (The Chairman)

Beagle 2: Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry; Professor Ian Halliday, Chief Executive, Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council; Dr David Leadbeater, Deputy Director General, British National Space Centre, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 14 July at quarter past Two o'clock.

Wednesday 14 July 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Dr Evan HarrisMr Tony McWalter
Kate HoeyBob Spink
Mr Robert Key

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do visit QinetiQ at Farnborough on Tuesday 26 October.

Resolved, That the draft letter from the Chairman be sent to the Chairman of the European Scrutiny Committee.

Science Question Time: Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry, examined.

Annual Session with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry: Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt MP, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 21 July at Nine o'clock.

Wednesday 21 July 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Dr Evan HarrisMr Tony McWalter
Dr Brian IddonDr Desmond Turner
Mr Robert Key

The Committee deliberated.

Human Reproductive Technologies and the Law: Professor Brian Toft, Author of the Independent Review of the circumstances surrounding four adverse events that occurred in the Reproductive Medicine Units and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, West Yorkshire, and Research Director, Marsh Risk Consulting Practice, London; Angela McNab, Chief Executive; Trish Davies, Director of Regulation; Charles Lister, Head of Policy; Chris O'Toole, Head of Research Regulation, HFEA, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 8 September at Nine o'clock.

Wednesday 8 September 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Paul FarrellyMr Tony McWalter
Dr Evan HarrisBob Spink
Dr Brian IddonDr Desmond Turner
Mr Robert Key

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do visit QinetiQ in Farnborough on Tuesday 2 November instead of Tuesday 26 October as previously arranged.

Human reproductive technologies and the law: Linda Ball (nominated by the Muscular Dystrophy Association); Jayson Whitaker (father of a child with Diamond Blackfan Anaemia); Peter and Fiona Hingston (nominated by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust); Dr Simon Fishel, Director, Centres for Assisted Reproduction; Professor Peter Braude, Head of Department of Women's Health, Guys, Kings and St. Thomas' School of Medicine; Professor Tom Baldwin, Chair, Ethics and Law Committee, HFEA, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of York, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 15 September at Nine o'clock.

Wednesday 15 September 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Paul FarrellyMr Tony McWalter
Dr Evan HarrisGeraldine Smith
Dr Brian IddonBob Spink
Mr Robert KeyDr Desmond Turner

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do hold an additional meeting on Thursday 14 October to consider the Use of Science in UK international development policy Report.

Draft Report (Research Assessment Exercise: a re-assessment) proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

The minutes of proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Eleventh Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Session 2003-04 (HC 586, p 46)

Draft Special Report (Government Response to the Committee's Seventh Report, Session 2003-04, Director General for Higher Education: Introductory Hearing) proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the Report be the Eighth Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government's Response to the Committee's Seventh Report, Session 2003-04, Director General for Higher Education: Introductory Hearing, be appended to the Report.– (The Chairman)

Resolved, That the Committee do visit the National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill on Tuesday 19 October.

Draft Special Report (Government Response to the Committee's Ninth Report, Session 2003-04, Director General of the Research Councils: Introductory Hearing) proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the Report be the Ninth Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government's Response to the Committee's Seventh Report of Session 2003-04, Director General of the Research Councils: Introductory Hearing, be appended to the Report.– (The Chairman)

Human reproductive technologies and the law: Josephine Quintavelle, Comment on Reproductive Ethics (CORE); Dr Helen Watt, Director, Linacre Centre; Rt Rev Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester, Church of England; Rev Dr John Fleming, Director, Southern Cross Bioethics Institute and Consultant to the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC), were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 13 October at Nine o'clock.

Wednesday 13 October 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Paul FarrellyMr Tony McWalter
Dr Evan HarrisGeraldine Smith
Dr Brian IddonBob Spink
Mr Robert KeyDr Desmond Turner

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do agree the draft programme for the visit to the National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill.

Resolved, That the Committee do attend an informal briefing hosted by the Director General for the Research Councils, Professor Sir Keith O'Nions, on Tuesday 7 December.

Draft Report (Government Support for Beagle 2) proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

The minutes of proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Twelfth Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Session 2003-04 (HC 711, p 63)

Human reproductive technologies and the law: Professor Alistair Campbell, Director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, University of Bristol; Professor Robin Gill, Ramsey Professor of Modern Theology, University of Kent; Professor Julian Savulescu, Uehiro Professor of Practical Ethics, University of Oxford, were examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 14 October at half past Nine o'clock.

Thursday 14 October 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Dr Evan HarrisBob Spink
Dr Brian IddonDr Desmond Turner
Mr Tony McWalter

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report (The Use of Science in UK International Development Policy) proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

The minutes of proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Thirteenth Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Session 2003-04 (HC 133-I, p 103)

Resolved, That the Committee do hold a press conference at 10am on Tuesday 26 October, with embargoed copies released at 10am the previous day, and to invite relevant NGOs and other interested parties to attend.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 20 October at Nine o'clock.

Wednesday 20 October 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Dr Evan HarrisBob Spink
Dr Brian IddonDr Desmond Turner
Mr Tony McWalter

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into the proposed move of the National Institute for Medical Research to a central London location, following the Committee's visit on 19 October.

The Work of the Economic and Social Research Council: Professor Ian Diamond, Chief Executive; Adrian Alsop, Director for Research, Training and Development; Glyn Davies, Director of Policy and Resources and Deputy Chief Executive, ESRC; Professor Patricia Broadfoot, Member of ESRC Council and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 27 October at Nine o'clock.

Wednesday 27 October 2004

Members present:

Dr Desmond Turner, in the Chair

Dr Evan HarrisGeraldine Smith
Dr Brian IddonBob Spink

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That in the absence of the Chairman, Dr Desmond Turner would be called to the Chair for the meeting.

Draft Special Report (Government Response to the Committee's Eighth Report, Session 2003-04, The Work of the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils) proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the Report be the Tenth Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government's Response to the Committee's Eighth Report of Session 2003-04, The Work of the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils, be appended to the Report.– (The Chairman)

Resolved, That the Committee do consider a short draft Report, to be published with the Government's and other responses to its Report on Scientific Publications: Free for all? at its meeting on Monday 1 November.

Human reproductive technologies and the law: Dr Michael Wilks, Chairman, Medical Ethics Committee; Dr Vivienne Nathanson, Director of Professional Activities, British Medical Association; James Lawford Davies, Solicitor, Bevan Ashford; Professor Margaret Brazier, School of Law, University of Manchester; Sarah Elliston, Lecturer in Medical Law, University of Glasgow; Professor J. Kenyon Mason, Professor (Emeritus) of Forensic Medicine, University of Edinburgh, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 1 November at Four o'clock.

Monday 1 November 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Paul FarrellyMr Robert Key
Dr Evan HarrisMr Tony McWalter
Dr Brian IddonDr Desmond Turner

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do move the final evidence session for its inquiry into Human Reproductive Technologies and the law from 12 to 19 January 2005, in order to accommodate Ministers and the HFEA.

Draft Report (Responses to the Committee's Tenth Report, Session 2003-04, Scientific Publications: Free for all?) proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

The minutes of proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Fourteenth Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Session 2003-04 (HC 1200, p 8)

Resolved, That the Chairman do write to the Liaison Committee regarding Government interference in the publication of the JISC response to the Report on Scientific Publications.

Ten-Year Investment Framework: Rt Hon Paul Boateng MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury; Dr Kim Howells; Minister of State, Department for Education and Skills; Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 10 November at Nine o'clock.

Wednesday 10 November 2004

Members present:

Dr Ian Gibson, in the Chair

Dr Evan HarrisMr Robert Key
Dr Brian IddonDr Desmond Turner

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do send a letter to the Liaison Committee on the independence of Non-Departmental Publics Bodies.

Resolved, That the Committee do agree the draft programme for the visit to Sweden and Italy as part of its inquiry into Human Reproductive Technologies and the Law.

Resolved, That in the absence of the Chairman, Dr Desmond Turner be called to the Chair for the public session.

Human reproductive technologies and the law: Dr Jim Monach, Acting Chair of the BICA and Honorary Research Fellow, University of Sheffield; Sheila Pike, past Chair of the BICA and Counsellor, Centre for Reproductive Medicine and Fertility, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and NHS Trust; Marilyn Crawshaw, Lecturer in Social Work and Research Fellow, University of York; Deborah Cullen, legal group co-ordinator, British Association for Adoption and Fostering; Eric Blyth, Professor of Social Work, University of Huddersfield; Professor Susan Golombok, Family and Child Psychology Research Centre, City University; Professor Martin Richards, Centre for Family Research, Cambridge University; Dr Sarah Parry, Centre for Social and Economics Research on Innovation on Genomics, University of Edinburgh; Dr Tom Shakespeare, Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Institute, Newcastle University, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 24 November at Nine o'clock.

Reports from the Science and Technology Committee since 2001

Session 2004-05

First ReportThe Work of the Economic and Social Research Council
(Reply 401)
HC 13
Second ReportAnnual Report 2004HC 199
Third ReportOffice of Science and Technology: Scrutiny Report 2004
(Reply HC 453)
HC 8
Fourth ReportThe Medical Research Council's Review of the Future of the National Institute for Medical Research
(Reply HC 454)
HC 6
Fifth Report Human Reproductive Technologies and the Law HC 7
Sixth ReportThe Work of Research Councils UKHC 219
Seventh ReportForensic Science on Trial HC 96
Eighth Special ReportInquiry into Human Reproductive Technologies and the LawHC 491
Eighth ReportStrategic Science Provision in English UniversitiesHC 220
Session 2003-04

First ReportAnnual Report 2003HC 169
Second ReportChief Executive of the Medical Research Council: Introductory Hearing (Reply HC 629)HC 55
Third ReportThe Work of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (Reply HC 526 )HC 6
Fourth ReportOffice of Science and Technology: Scrutiny Report 2003
(Reply HC 588)
HC 316
Fifth Report Too Little too late? Government Investment in Nanotechnology (Reply HC 650)HC 56
Sixth ReportWithin REACH: the EU's new chemicals strategy
(Reply HC 895)
HC 172
Seventh ReportDirector General for Higher Education: Introductory Hearing (Reply HC 1015)HC 461
Eighth ReportThe Work of the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (Reply HC 1199)HC 462
Ninth ReportDirector General of the Research Councils: Introductory Hearing (Reply HC 1059)HC 577
Tenth ReportScientific Publications: Free for all?HC 399
Eleventh ReportResearch Assessment Exercise: a re-assessment
(Reply HC 34, 2004-05)
HC 586
Twelfth ReportGovernment support for Beagle 2
(Reply HC 301, 2004-05)
HC 711
Thirteenth ReportThe Use of Science in UK International Development Policy (Reply HC 235, 2004-05)HC 133
Fourteenth ReportResponses to the Committee's Tenth Report, Session 2003-04, Scientific Publications: Free for all?
(Reply HC 249, 2004-05)
HC 1200
Session 2002–03

First ReportThe Work of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (Reply HC 507)HC 161
Second ReportAnnual Report 2002HC 260
Third ReportThe Work of the Medical Research Council
(Reply Cm 5834)
HC 132
Fourth ReportTowards a Non-Carbon Fuel Economy: Research, Development and Demonstration (Reply HC 745)HC 55
Fifth ReportThe Work of the Natural Environment Research Council (Reply HC 1161)HC 674
Sixth ReportUK Science and Europe: Value for Money?
(Reply HC 1162)
HC 386
Seventh ReportLight Pollution and Astronomy (Reply HC 127, 2003-04)HC 747
Eighth ReportThe Scientific Response to Terrorism (Reply Cm 6108)HC 415
Ninth ReportThe Work of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. (Reply HC 169, 2003-04)HC 936
Session 2001-02

First Report Cancer Research – A Follow-Up (Reply Cm 5532)HC 444
Second ReportThe Research Assessment Exercise (Reply HC 995)HC 507
Third Report Science Education from 14 to 19 (Reply HC 1204)HC 508
Fourth ReportDevelopments in Human Genetics and Embryology
(Reply Cm 5693)
HC 791
Fifth ReportGovernment Funding of the Scientific Learned Societies (Reply HC 53)HC 774
Sixth ReportNational Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts: A Follow-Up (Reply HC 276)HC 1064
Seventh ReportThe Office of Science and Technology: Scrutiny Report 2002 (Reply HC 293)HC 860
Eighth ReportShort-Term Research Contracts in Science and Engineering (Reply HC 442)HC 1046

 
 
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