Sessional Returns Session 1997-98 - Contents


28. Science & Technology

   

The Committee was nominated on 14 July 1997.

It had 11 Members and held 39 meetings.



MembersMeetings attended

Michael Clark, Dr (Chairman) 33
David Atkinson, Mr 21
Nigel Beard, Mr37
Claire Curtis-Thomas, Mrs 14
Ian Gibson, Dr 37
Lynne Jones, Dr35
Nigel Jones, Mr30
Ashok Kumar, Dr 33
Jacqui Lait, Mrs (added, 22.6.98)7
Caroline Spelman, Mrs (discharged, 22.6.98)21
Desmond Turner, Dr 34
Alan W Williams, Dr33

Overall attendance:   78.1 %

Number of Members added:  1

Number of Members discharged:  1

Turnover of membership during the Session:  9 %

Staff

Committee Clerk: Mrs J Mulley

Other Committee staff: Dr G Rickett, Specialist Assistant, Grade 8 (from October 1998); Mrs L M Nugent, Higher Executive Officer, Grade 10; Ms C Wilson, Secretary, Grade 13 (until 3 July 1998); Mrs J Kalogerides, Secretary, Grade 13 (from 1 October 1998).

Specialist Advisers during the Session

Mr Roger Baker, Professor Michael Brady, Professor Derek Burke, Professor Brian Clarkson, Dr Michael Elves, Mr John Ivinson, Sir David Harrison and Dr Geoffrey Robinson.

Witnesses

Oral evidence was given during the Session by the following categories of witnesses:

Number of appearances by:-

Cabinet Ministers:  1

Other Ministers:  5 (of whom 2 were Members of the House of Lords)

Number of appearances by officials from, or representatives of:-

The Office of Science and Technology:  7

other departments:  5

comprising:- Department for Education and Employment  2

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster  1

Department of Trade and Industry  2

executive agencies:  2

 comprising:- Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (an agency of the Ministry of Defence)  2

non-departmental public bodies:  14

 comprising:- The Medical Research Council  2

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council  1

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council  4

Health & Safety Executive (a Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions associated public body)  2

Higher Education Funding Council for England (a Department for Education and Employment associated public body)  3

Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (a Welsh Office associated public body)  2

Appearances by other witnesses:  81

Overseas Visits

  Date

  Destination

  Members

  Staff

  Purpose

  Cost

22-27.6.98

USA

6

2

Scientific Advisory System, Engineering and Physical Sciences Based Innovation

£38,445

(estimate)

1-3.6.98

Portugal

3*

-

9th Eureka Conference

£3,405

* In a representative capacity

Visits to European Institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg

  Date

  Destination

  Members

  Staff

  Purpose

  Cost

22.7.98

European Commission, Brussels

8

2

Meetings with European Commission Officials

£3,415.26

(estimate)

UK Visits

Date

Destination

Members

Staff

Purpose

Cost

22.5.98

Cambridge

7

3

Evidence from the Generics Group

£310.40

10.6.98

Oxford

3

3*

Oxford Trust and Oxford Instruments

£228

* Includes 1 specialist adviser.

Reports and Minutes of Evidence  

  Title

HC No.

(1997-98)

Date of

publication

No. of

pages

Sale price

  Government

  reply


First Report: The Implications of the Dearing Report for the Structure and Funding of University Research

303-I

2.4.98

55

£9.70

Received 12.6.98:

published as Third Special Report, Session 1997-98


Minutes of Evidence with Appendices: The Implications of the Dearing Report for the Structure and Funding of University Research

303-II

2.4.98

334

£20.50

Not applicable


Second Report: The Year 2000 - Computer Compliance

342-I

7.4.98

42

£8.80

Cm 3944, 20.7.98

Minutes of Evidence with Appendices: The Year 2000 - Computer Compliance

342-II

7.4.98

247

£20.50

Not applicable

Third Report: Glaxo Wellcome and Smithkline Beecham: The Merger Proposals

627

16.6.98

46

£8.80

Not required

Fourth Report: The Cloning of Animal from Adult Cells

1039

4.8.98

11

£3.70

Not required

Fifth Report: British Biotech

888-I

17.8.98

12

£3.70

Reply awaited

Fifth Report: British Biotech: Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

888-II


13.10.98


13


£4.30

Not applicable

Minutes of Evidence: British Biotech

888-i

14.9.98

148

£17.00

Not applicable

Minutes of Evidence: British Biotech

888-ii

14.9.98

173

£6.20

Not applicable

Minutes of Evidence: British Biotech

888-iii

14.9.98

197

£6.20

Not applicable

First Special Report: The Government's Response to the Committee's Fourth Report, Session 1996-97, The Research Council System: Issues for the Future

302

11.12.97

3

£1.45

Not required

Second Special Report: The Government's Response to the Committee's Third Report, Session 1996-97, The Natural Environment Research Council and Research into Climate Change

306

11.12.97

7

£2.25

Not required

Third Special Report: The Government's Response to the Committee's First Report, Session 1997-98, The Implications of the Dearing Report for the Structure and Funding of University Research

799

30.6.97

12

£3.40

Not required

Minutes of Evidence: Engineering and Physical Sciences Based Innovation

626-i

1.5.98

17

£4.75

Not applicable

Minutes of Evidence: Engineering and Physical Sciences Based Innovation

626-ii

5.6.98

29

£4.00

Not applicable

Minutes of Evidence: Engineering and Physical Sciences Based Innovation

626-iii

8.6.98

47

£4.75

Not applicable

Minutes of Evidence: Engineering and Physical Sciences Based Innovation

626-iv

26.6.98

74

£6.20

Not applicable

Minutes of Evidence: Engineering and Physical Sciences Based Innovation

626-v

3.7.98

85

£4.00

Not applicable

Minutes of Evidence: Engineering and Physical Sciences Based Innovation

626-vi

13.7.98

95

£3.40

Not applicable

Minutes of Evidence: Scientific Advisory System

796-i

31.7.98

47

£9.70

Not applicable

Minutes of Evidence: Science and the Comprehensive Spending Review

1040-i

13.10.98

14

£4.00

Not applicable

Divisions

None.

Debates

The following Report was referred to on the Order Paper as being relevant to a debate in the House:

First Report, 1997-98, The Implications of the Dearing Report for the Structure and Funding of University Research, was the subject of debate on an Estimates Day, under Standing Order No. 54, 14.7.98  

Evidence

Oral evidence was taken at 27 of the Committee's 39 meetings. On none of these occasions was evidence taken partly or wholly in private. The Committee received 280 memoranda, of which 18 came from Government departments, 1 from an executive agency and 19 from associated public bodies. The Committee published 159 memoranda.


  Inquiry

No. of oral evidence sessions

No. of memoranda received

No. of memoranda received from Government departments

/executive agencies/

associated public bodies

No. of memoranda published

No. of memoranda made available in the Record Office for public use and placed in the Library

The Implications of the Dearing Report for the Structure and Funding of University Research

6

52

4/0/15

51

21

The Year 2000 - Computer Compliance

6

82

6/0/2

72

16

Engineering and Physical Sciences Based Innovation

7

69

3/1/2

9

0

Glaxo Wellcome and Smithkline Beecham: the Merger Proposals

2

6

0/0/0

6

6

Scientific Advisory System

1

43

1/0/0

1

0

The Cloning of Animals from Adult Cells

0

1

1/0/0

1


British Biotech

3

21

0/0/0

16


Science and the Comprehensive Spending Review

2

3

2/0/0

3


Other


3

1/0/0



Total

27

280

18/1/19

159

43



 
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