Select Committee on Science and Technology Fifth Report

The Science and Technology Committee

The Science and Technology Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Office of Science and Innovation and its associated public bodies.

Current membership

Mr Phil Willis MP (Liberal Democrat, Harrogate and Knaresborough)(Chairman)

Adam Afriyie MP (Conservative, Windsor)

Mr Jim Devine MP (Labour, Livingston)

Mr Robert Flello MP (Labour, Stoke-on-Trent South)

Dr Evan Harris MP (Liberal Democrat, Oxford West & Abingdon)

Dr Brian Iddon MP (Labour, Bolton South East)

Margaret Moran MP (Labour, Luton South)

Mr Brooks Newmark MP (Conservative, Braintree)

Anne Snelgrove MP (Labour/Co-op, South Swindon)

Bob Spink MP (Conservative, Castle Point)

Dr Desmond Turner MP (Labour, Brighton Kemptown)


The Committee is one of the departmental Select Committees, the powers of which are set out in House of Commons Standing Orders, principally in SO No.152. These are available on the Internet via


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

A list of Reports from the Committee in this Parliament is included at the back of this volume.

Committee staff

The current staff of the Committee are: Chris Shaw (Clerk); Celia Blacklock (Second Clerk); Dr Hayaatun Sillem (Committee Specialist); Dr Anne Hicks (Committee Specialist); Ana Ferreira (Committee Assistant); Robert Long (Senior Office Clerk); and Christine McGrane (Committee Secretary).


All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the Science and Technology Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219 2793; the Committee's email address is

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