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Minister questioned on science budget

15 July 2015

The Science and Technology Committee take evidence from Jo Johnson MP, the new Minister of State for Universities and Science, and key personnel in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, as part of its new inquiry on the science budget. The Committee will also question representatives of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Witnesses

Wednesday 15 July 2015 in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 10am

  • Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Gareth Davies, Director General, Knowledge and Innovation, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Philippa Lloyd, Director General, People and Strategy, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

At 10.45 am

  • Sir Paul Nurse, President, The Royal Society
  • Professor Richard Parker CBE FREng, Chair, Research and Secondments Committee, Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Lord Stern of Brentford, President, British Academy
  • Professor Sir John Tooke, President, Academy of Medical Sciences

Purpose of the session

The session serves two purposes: an initial meeting with the new Minister of State for Universities and Science and senior officials from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as well as representatives from the four national academies; and to begin an examination of the Science Budget. The hearing will examine a range of issues and how these reflect the need for Government science expenditure ahead of the Spending Review in the Autumn, including: 

  • the Government's priorities for science and technology
  • resource implications

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