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Role - Science, Innovation and Technology Committee

The Science, Innovation and Technology Select Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, and associated public bodies. It also exists to ensure that Government policies and decision-making across departments are based on solid scientific evidence and advice.

Committee History

Before April 2023, this committee used to be named the Science and Technology Committee. The Science and Technology Committee used to scrutinise science policy across Government departments, with a specific remit over the Government Office for Science (GO-Science), which was a "semi-autonomous organisation" based within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

GO-Science supported the Government Chief Scientific Adviser and worked to ensure that Government policy and decision-making were underpinned by robust scientific evidence. Go-Science now sits within the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology.