MPs seek evidence on turning quantum technologies into products
16 March 2023
The Commons Science and Technology Committee announces a new inquiry on turning breakthroughs in quantum technology into commercial products that can benefit the UK’s society and economy. The Government’s national quantum strategy was published yesterday alongside the Spring Budget.
The unique behaviour of matter and light at atomic and subatomic level can be exploited to create computers that can tackle calculations that would take conventional computers millions of years. Such computers would break current encryption protocols, raising concerns around data security. Other applications of quantum mechanics include imaging around corners and in the dark, super precise clocks as well as enhanced communications systems.
The inquiry will focus on how the UK’s quantum industry and prospects compare to other nations with strengths in quantum, such as the US and China, as well as the implications for national security.
MPs seek evidence on whether the Government’s 10-year vision and £2.5 billion programme for quantum is fit for purpose, as well as the further support the sector needs to commercialise quantum technologies.
Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Chair of Science and Technology Committee, said:
“The Government has identified quantum as of strategic importance to the UK.
We currently punch above our weight in developing quantum technologies but face fierce competition.
“We want to step into Ant-Man’s world and explore the barriers to turning breakthroughs in the fascinating and sometimes bizarre world of quantum mechanics into the next generation of computers and communications.”
Terms of reference
The Committee welcomes submissions by 26 May 2023 addressing any or all of the following topics:
- Recent progress made on quantum technologies and their potential impact on society or the economy, in areas including, but not limited to:
- critical national infrastructure;
- national security;
- position, navigation and timing;
- communications; and
- The strengths and weaknesses UK National Quantum Technologies Programme and how this has shaped the UK quantum industry.
- What the prospects of the UK’s quantum industry and how these compare to other nations with strengths in quantum.
- Interventions that are required from Government, industry and academia to drive the commercialisation of quantum technologies.
- Whether the vision and actions set out in the Government’s new national quantum strategy are fit for purpose.