Putting Science and Engineering at the Heart of Government Policy - Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee Contents

Memorandum 87

Supplementary evidence from Professor John Beddington, Government Chief Scientific Adviser following the oral evidence session on Monday 18 May 2009

  During the evidence session on the 18 May 2009, I was asked whether I could provide the IUSS Committee with correspondence between myself and the then Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, on the classification of ecstasy and the advice provided on this issue by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. I wrote to Jacqui seeking her agreement and the current Home Secretary has replied agreeing to the release of the letters subject to one condition, namely:

    "If the Committee wishes to place the letters in the public domain, I ask that it does so only as part of the final report to the Putting science and engineering at the heart of government policy inquiry, to ensure that the letters are referred to in the full and proper context of the Committee's findings."

      I presume that you are content with this condition and attach the relevant letters.

    June 2009

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