Memorandum submitted by the Department
for Business, Innovation and Skills
COMMITTEE 22 JULY
1. Confirmation whether or not new ministers
each receive a copy of the "Principles of Scientific Advice
to Government" when they are appointed
On appointment, new Ministers are routinely
sent a copy of the Ministerial Code by the Cabinet Secretary.
While the most recent version of the Ministerial Code now includes
a reference to the Principles of Scientific Advice to Government
and the Principles were distributed to departments on publication
in March, the letter sent to new Ministers following the election
did not include a copy of the Principles themselves. We are now
exploring the most appropriate way of ensuring that all Ministers
have a copy of the Principles and that they are made available
to new Ministers on appointment in the future.
2. Submissions to the department from National
Academies etc on the CSR
In July 2008, Adrian Smith (Director General
Science and Research) committed to external consultation in the
run-up to the spending review, with a set of named, national bodies.
This consultation is wide ranging.
Adrian Smith asked the following bodies for
The Royal Academy of Engineering.
The Council for Science and Technology.
The Chief Scientific Advisers Committee.
The Confederation for British Industry.
The Academy of Medical Sciences.
The copies of the responses which have been
received from these organisations are attached as annex A.
3. The regional breakdown of funding across
A spreadsheet showing the regional breakdown
of research income to HEIs across the UK from the Research Councils
and the four Higher Education Funding Bodies is attached as annex
B. Please note that the following data sources have been used,
which are the most up to date data sources available:
for funding, HESA data covering 2008-09;
for population data, the UK census for
for GVA, ONS data for 2007.
4. Details of any evaluations that exist
assessing the impact of "public dialogues" on the attitudes
of the wider public
In response to the Committee's request for "details
of any evaluations that exist assessing the impact of `public
dialogues' on the attitudes of the wider public", please
find attached a paper on evaluation of the Sciencewise Dialogue
projects that was presented to the Sciencewise Steering Group
on 14 July (annex C).
This includes information on the impact of such dialogues on the
wider public. It should be treated as a draft and not communicated
further, but we thought it would be useful for the Committee to
see that this evaluation work has been done. This, along with
a summary evaluation of the BIS-funded Sciencewise programme itself,
will form the basis of an Evaluation Report to be published in
the Summer. This Evaluation Report will be made available to the
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
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