The Work of the Committee 2008-09 - Science and Technology Committee Contents

 
 

 
Annex 1: The Sessional Return for 2008-09


Science and Technology Committee
(Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee until 1 October 2009)

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The Committee was nominated by the House of Commons on 8 November 2007.
Members

Willis, Mr Phil (Chairman)

Blackman-Woods, Dr Roberta

Boswell, Tim

Cawsey, Ian

Dorries, Mrs Nadine

Gibson, Dr Ian (left the House of Commons 9.6.09)

Harris, Dr Evan

Iddon, Dr Brian

Marsden, Mr Gordon

Spink, Bob

Stewart, Ian

Stringer, Graham

Turner, Dr Desmond

Wilson, Mr Rob

Overall Attendance:  

Meetings attended

40 out of 41

0 out of 41

32 out of 41

20 out of 41

0 out of 41

13 out of 27

37 out of 41

36 out of 41

22 out of 41

0 out of 41

20 out of 41

31 out of 41

1 out of 41

2 out of 41

45.4 %  

Total number of meetings:  41 

Of which: 
 
Number of meetings at which oral evidence was taken  20 
Number of times oral evidence was taken partly or wholly in private  
Number of wholly private meetings  21 
Number of concurrent meetings with other committees  
Other activities  
Informal meetings 2  
Conferences/Seminars hosted  

Staff

Details of the permanent staff of the Committee during the Session can be found in the Committee's publications.

Specialist Advisers during the Session

Professor Sir Roy Anderson, Professor Ronald Barnett, Mr Bahram Bekhradnia, Professor Donal Bradley, Professor Alison Fuller, Professor Mike Gregory CBE, Sir Brian Heap, Dr Paul Howarth, Chris Hughes, Professor Ewart Keep, Professor Sue Law, Professor Peter Liss, Dr Hayaatun Sillem and Professor Lorna Unwin.

Witnesses
Oral Evidence was given during the Session by the following categories of witnesses:   
Number of appearances by:   
Cabinet Ministers 3  
Ministers other than Cabinet Ministers  
Members of the House of Lords (of whom 5 were also Ministers)  

Number of appearances by officials from, or representatives of:   
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs  
Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills  
Go Science 3  
Number of appearances by officials from, or representatives of public bodies and non-Ministerial departments comprising:   
Council for Science and Technology  
Economic and Social Research Council  
Higher Education Funding Council for England  
Learning and Skills Council  
Natural England 1  
Science and Technology Facilities Council  
Other Witnesses  64 

Overseas Visits
Date Destination  Members Staff  Purpose Cost  
19-23.4.09 Washington, USA  Willis, Cawsey, Harris, Marsden, Stewart, Stringer  Inquiries into Students and Universities and Putting science and engineering at the heart of government policy  £35,188.71 

Visits to European Institutions

None

UK Visits
Date Destination  Members Staff  Purpose Cost  
19.3.09 Imperial College, LondonA  Willis 2  Inquiry into Students and Universities  Nil 
22.9.09 Research Councils UK, SwindonA  Willis 2  Engagement with the broader Science and Technology community to inform Committee Programme  £497.00[76]  
23.9.09 National Physical Laboratory, TeddingtonA  Willis 3  Engagement with the broader Science and Technology community to inform Committee Programme  £74.10 

A Travel in a representative capacity

Reports and Oral and Written Evidence
Title HC No. (2008-09)  Date of publication  Government reply  
First Report: Re-skilling for recovery: After Leitch, implementing skills and training policies  48-I 16.1.09  Received 16.3.09: published as Second Special Report Session 2008-09  
Oral and Written Evidence: Re-skilling for recovery: After Leitch, implementing skills and training policies  48-II 16.1.09  Not applicable 
Second Report: The work of the Committee 2007  49 16.1.09  Not applicable 
Third Report: DIUS's Departmental Report 2008  51-I 20.1.09  Received 20.3.09: published as Third Special Report Session 2008-09  
Oral and Written Evidence: DIUS's Departmental Report 2008  51-II 20.1.09  Not applicable 
Fourth Report: Engineering: turning ideas into reality  50-I 27.3.09  Received 19.6.09: published as Fifth Special Report Session 2008-09  
Oral Evidence: Engineering: turning ideas into reality  50-II 27.3.09  Not applicable 
Written Evidence: Engineering: turning ideas into reality  50-III 27.3.09  Not applicable 
Fifth Report: Pre-appointment hearing with the Chair-elect of the Economic and Research Council, Dr Alan Gillespie CBE  505 12.5.09  Not applicable 
Sixth Report: Pre-appointment hearing with the Chair-elect of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Professor Sir Tom Blundell  506 19.5.09  Not applicable 
Seventh Report: Spend, spend, spend? - The mismanagement of the Learning and Skills Council's capital programme in further education colleges  530 17.7.09  Received 30.9.09: published as Sixth Special Report Session 2008-09  
Eighth Report: Putting Science and Engineering at the Heart of Government Policy  168-I 23.7.09  Received 14.10.09: published as Ninth Special Report Session 2008-09  
Oral and Written Evidence: Putting Science and Engineering at the Heart of Government Policy  168-II 23.7.09  Not applicable 
Ninth Report: Pre-appointment hearing with the Chair-elect of the Science and Technology Facilities Council, Professor Michael Sterling FREng  887 21.7.09  Not applicable 
Tenth Report: Sites of Special Scientific Interest  717 29.7.09  Received 30.9.09: published as Seventh Special Report Session 2008-09  
Eleventh Report: Students and Universities  170-I 2.8.09  Received 1.10.09: published as Eighth Special Report Session 2008-09  
Oral and Written Evidence: Students and Universities  170-II 2.8.09  Not applicable 
First Special Report: Pre-legislative Scrutiny of the Draft Apprenticeships Bill: Government response to the Seventh Report from the Committee, Session 2007-08  262 26.2.09  Not applicable 
Second Special Report: Re-skilling for recovery: After Leitch, implementing skills and training policies: Government Response to the First Report from the Committee, Session 2008-09  365 24.3.09  Not applicable 
Third Special Report: DIUS's Departmental Report 2008: Government Response to the Third Report from the Committee  383 31.3.09  Not applicable 
Fourth Special Report: The future of science scrutiny following the merger of DIUS and BERR  662 12.6.09  Not applicable 
Fifth Special Report: Engineering: turning ideas into reality: Government Response to the Committee's Fourth Report  759 26.6.09  Not applicable 
Sixth Special Report: Spend, spend, spend? - the mismanagement of the Learning and Skills Council's capital programme in further education colleges: Government Response to the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee's Seventh Report of Session 2008-09  989 19.10.09  Not applicable 
Seventh Special Report: Sites of Special Scientific Interest: Government Response to the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee's Tenth Report of Session 2008-09  990 19.10.09  Not applicable 
Eighth Special Report: Students and Universities: Government Response to the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee's Eleventh Report of Session 2008-09  991 20.10.09  Not applicable 
Ninth Special Report: Putting Science and Engineering at the Heart of Government Policy: Government Response to the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee's Eighth Report of Session 2008-09  1036 26.10.09  Not applicable 
Oral Evidence: Science Question Time  169-i 7.7.09  Not applicable 
Oral Evidence: Science Question Time  169-ii 7.7.09  Not applicable 
Oral and Written Evidence: Science and Technology Facilities Council  171-i 7.7.09  Not applicable 
Oral Evidence: Technology Strategy Board  384-i 22.10.09  Not applicable 
Oral and Written Evidence: Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research (OSCHR)  655-i 29.7.09  Not applicable 
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Setting the scene on science, engineering and technology issues across government  1001-i 14.10.09  Not applicable 
Written Evidence published on the Internet: Government's responses to the Committee's questions regarding evidence check (Part one)   21.10.09  Not applicable 
Written Evidence published on the Internet: Government's responses to the Committee's questions regarding evidence check (Part two)   21.10.09  Not applicable 

Government replies to Reports for Session 2007-08

Reply to the Committee's Seventh Report: Pre-legislative Scrutiny of the Draft Apprenticeships Bill, received 11.2.09 and published as the Committee's First Special Report Session 2008-09.

Formal Minutes

The Formal Minutes of the Committee were published electronically after each meeting of the Committee. They are available on the Committee's website at http://www.parliament.uk/science.

Divisions
Date Subject  
8.7.09 One, on an amendment proposed to the Chairman's draft Report on Putting Science and Engineering at the Heart of the Government Policy  

Debates

None

Number of oral evidence sessions for each inquiry during the Session
Inquiry Number of oral evidence sessions  
Engineering: turning ideas into reality  
Further Education Colleges capital expenditure  
Office for Strategic Co-ordination of Health Research  
Pre-appointment hearing with Chair-elect of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council  
Pre-appointment hearing with Chair-elect of the Economic and Social Research Council  
Pre-appointment hearing with Chair-elect of the Science and Technology Facilities Council  
Putting Science and Engineering at the Heart of Government Policy  
Science and Technology Facilities Council  
Science Question Time 
Setting the scene on science, engineering and technology issues across government  
Sites of Special Scientific Interest  
Students and Universities  
Technology Strategy Board  
Total 24[77]  

Sub-Committee on Students and Universities

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The Committee was nominated by the House of Commons on 18 March 2009.
Members

Willis, Mr Phil (Chairman)

Blackman-Woods, Dr Roberta

Boswell, Tim

Cawsey, Ian

Dorries, Mrs Nadine

Gibson, Dr Ian

Harris, Dr Evan

Iddon, Dr Brian

Marsden, Mr Gordon

Spink, Bob

Stewart, Ian

Stringer, Graham

Turner, Dr Desmond

Wilson, Mr Rob

Overall Attendance:  

Meetings attended

3 out of 3

0 out of 3

1 out of 3

1 out of 3

0 out of 3

0 out of 3

2 out of 3

1 out of 3

2 out of 3

0 out of 3

1 out of 3

3 out of 3

0 out of 3

0 out of 3

33.3 %  

Total number of meetings:  

Of which: 
 
Number of meetings at which oral evidence was taken  
Number of times oral evidence was taken partly or wholly in private  
Number of wholly private meetings  
Number of concurrent meetings with other committees  
Other activities  
Informal meetings 3  
Conferences/Seminars hosted  

Staff

Details of the permanent staff of the Committee during the Session can be found in the Committee's publications.

Specialist Advisers during the Session

None

Witnesses
Oral Evidence was given during the Session by the following categories of witnesses:  
Appearances by other witnesses  34 

Overseas Visits

None.

Visits to European Institutions

None.

UK Visits
Date Destination  Members Staff  Purpose Cost  
23.3.09 Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool  Willis, Marsden, Stringer  4A  Inquiry into Students and Universities  £1,688.10 
30.3.09 University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University  Willis, Boswell, Harris, Stewart, Stringer  8B  Inquiry into Students and Universities  £920.40 

A Includes 1 shorthand writer

B Includes 2 specialist advisers and 1 shorthand writer

Reports and Oral and Written Evidence

None

Government replies to Reports for Session 2007-08

Not applicable

Formal Minutes

The Formal Minutes of the Committee were published electronically after each meeting of the Committee. They are available on the Committee's website at http://www.parliament.uk/science.

Divisions

None

Debates

None

Number of oral evidence sessions for each inquiry during the Session
Inquiry Number of oral evidence sessions  
Students and Universities  
Total 3  

Science and Technology Sub-committee

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The Committee was nominated by the House of Commons on 28 October 2009.
Members

Willis, Mr Phil (Chairman)

Blackman-Woods, Dr Roberta

Boswell, Tim

Cawsey, Ian

Dorries, Mrs Nadine

Harris, Dr Evan

Iddon, Dr Brian

Marsden, Mr Gordon

Spink, Bob

Stewart, Ian

Stringer, Graham

Turner, Dr Desmond

Wilson, Mr Rob

Overall Attendance:  

Meetings attended

2 out of 2

0 out of 2

2 out of 2

1 out of 2

0 out of 2

2 out of 2

2 out of 2

0 out of 2

0 out of 2

0 out of 2

2 out of 2

0 out of 2

0 out of 2

42.3 %  

Total number of meetings:  

Of which: 
 
Number of meetings at which oral evidence was taken  
Number of times oral evidence was taken partly or wholly in private  
Number of wholly private meetings  
Number of concurrent meetings with other committees  
Other activities  
Informal meetings 0  
Conferences/Seminars hosted  

Staff

Details of the permanent staff of the Committee during the Session can be found in the Committee's publications.

Specialist Advisers during the Session

None

Witnesses
Oral Evidence was given during the Session by the following categories of witnesses:   
Number of appearances by:   
Ministers other than Cabinet Ministers  
Number of appearances by officials from, or representatives of:   
Department for Children, Schools and Families  
Other witnesses  

Overseas Visits

None

Visits to European Institutions

None

UK Visits

None

Reports and Oral and Written Evidence
Title HC No. (2008-09)  Date of publication  Government reply  
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Evidence Check: Literacy Interventions  1081-i 4.11.09  Not applicable 
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Evidence Check: Literacy Interventions  1081-ii 9.11.09  Not applicable 

Government replies to Reports for Session 2007-08

Not applicable

Formal Minutes

The Formal Minutes of the Committee were published electronically after each meeting of the Committee. They are available on the Committee's website at http://www.parliament.uk/science.

Divisions

None

Debates

None.

Number of oral evidence sessions for each inquiry during the Session
Inquiry Number of oral evidence sessions  
Evidence Check: Literacy Interventions  
Total 2  




76   This figure includes a cost of a ticket (£89) bought to replace an original ticket lost in transit. Back

77   At four meetings of the Committee evidence was taken on more than one inquiry. Therefore the total in this table does not match the figure given above for the number of meetings at which oral evidence was taken Back


 

 
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