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Science Minister and Chief Scientific Adviser gives evidence to Lords Committee

1 March 2019

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee holds a one-off evidence with Chris Skidmore MP, Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation and Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government's Chief Scientific Advisor.

Purpose of session

The Minister will be questioned on his department's preparations for Brexit and the Government's strategy for increasing investment in research and development.

Sir Patrick Vallance will be asked about the challenges in joining up science-based policy across Government.


Tuesday 5 March in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 3.25pm

  • Chris Skidmore MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Minister of State, Department for Education
  • Sir Patrick Vallance, Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of Government Science and Engineering Profession

Possible questions

  • What assessment has the Minister made of the UK science sector's readiness for the UK's departure from the EU? 
  • What update can be provided on the Department's strategy to raise total investment in UK research and development to 2.4 per cent of GDP?
  • Is the Government Chief Scientific Adviser's relationship with the Science Minister distinct from their relationship with Ministers in Departments other than BEIS or DfE?
  • As more responsibilities are devolved from central government to City Regions and Mayors, is there a need for an extra layer to the CSA structure, working at and city level?

Further information

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