Examination of Witnesses (Questions 475
MONDAY 16 JULY 2007
MP, PROFESSOR SIR
Q475 Chairman: Could I offer a particularly
warm welcome to our three witnesses this afternoon on this, the
penultimate session of our inquiry investigating the oceans, one
of the excellent cross-cutting inquiries which the Science and
Technology Committee are involved with. Our three witnesses this
afternoon are Jonathan Shaw, the Parliamentary Under Secretary
of State for Defra. Could we not only welcome you, Jonathan, but
also congratulate you on your appointment. We are delighted for
Jonathan Shaw: Thank you, Chairman.
Q476 Chairman: Professor Sir David
King, the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, welcome again,
Sir David. Last, but by no means least, Sir Howard Dalton, Defra's
Departmental Chief Scientific Adviser, and you are always welcome
to our Committee.
Professor Sir Howard Dalton: Thank
Q477 Chairman: I wonder if we could
move on quickly and perhaps ask you, Jonathan, who is the Minister
for Marine Science?
Jonathan Shaw: I am the Minister
for Marine Science. The IACMST reports to me, so I am the Minister
for Marine Science in terms of Defra's responsibility.
Q478 Chairman: The division between
DIUS and Defra, are you conscious of where the responsibility
for one begins and the other one ends?
Jonathan Shaw: DIUS, I am not
Professor Sir David King: The
Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.
Jonathan Shaw: Chairman, in preparing
for this inquiry I asked the officials to prepare me a list of
acronyms for this particular area and there are 48, so I have
got a crib sheet.
Q479 Chairman: We will not use another
acronym for the whole afternoon. I expect all my colleagues to
give the full titles.
Jonathan Shaw: You are a better
man than I am, Chairman!