Select Committee on Science and Technology Minutes of Evidence

Supplementary memorandum submitted by Professor Martin Bobrow CBE, following the evidence session of 24 January

  I was asked to write on the question of resourcing for the previous HGAC. My recollection is that a senior civil servant acted as Secretary to the Committee, with one medium grade assistant and some clerical help. Without in anyway criticising the quality of the individuals involved, this resource was barely adequate for servicing the main commission, and a number of active working groups. I would not wish to overstate the problem, but there certainly were occasions when trying to draft reports, when the lack of appropriate assistance caused difficulties for the members of the Committee, all of us of course having other jobs to fulfil. I will repeat, as I said when the question was raised, that I am in no position whatsoever to comment on whether the current Human Genetics Commission is or is not better resourced than we were.

31 January 2001

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