Minister and Government Chief Scientific Adviser questioned by Committee
3 March 2016
The Lords Science and Technology Committee hears evidence from Jo Johnson MP, Minister for Universities and Science, and Professor Sir Mark Walport, the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, for its inquiry into the impact on UK science and research of EU Membership.
- Parliament TV: Relationship between EU membership and UK science
- Inquiry: Relationship between EU membership and UK science
- Science and Technology Committee
The Director General for Business and Science within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Gareth Davies, also gives evidence to the Lords Science and Technology Committee.
Purpose of the session
In the final evidence session of the inquiry, the Committee covers areas such as the total level of R&D funding from the EU to the UK, whether the Government is planning to replace 'lost' EU funding for science should the UK leave the EU, how the UK compares to other countries when competing for research funding, and the importance of freedom of movement.
Tuesday 8 March in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster
- Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
- Professor Sir Mark Walport FMedSci FRS, Government Chief Scientific Adviser
- Gareth Davies, Director General for Business and Science, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
The evidence sessions cover questions such as:
- what is your understanding of the total level of R&D funding from the EU to the UK, including any R&D components of structural funds as well as Framework Programme funds?
- how well does the UK perform comparatively in terms of R&D funding secured?
- in the event of a 'Brexit' how likely is it that the Treasury would increase funding for UK R&D to compensate for the loss of EU funding?
- is the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills preparing a contingency plan for the science community in the event of a Brexit?
- if not, why not?
- is UK policy made less effective by compliance with EU directives that rely on the EU model of scientific advice?
- how important is freedom of movement across the EU for UK science, research and innovation?
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