The Science and Technology Committee is appointed
by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration
and policy of the Office of Science and Technology and its associated
Dr Ian Gibson MP (Labour, Norwich North) (Chairman)
Mr Parmjit Dhanda MP (Labour, Gloucester)
Mr Tom Harris MP (Labour, Glasgow Cathcart)
Mr David Heath MP (Liberal Democrat, Somerton
Mr Mark Hoban MP (Conservative, Fareham)
Dr Brian Iddon MP (Labour, Bolton South East)
Mr Tony McWalter MP (Labour, Hemel Hempstead)
Dr Andrew Murrison MP (Conservative, Westbury)
Geraldine Smith MP (Labour, Morecambe and Lunesdale)
Bob Spink MP (Conservative, Castle Point)
Dr Desmond Turner MP (Labour, Brighton Kemptown)
The Committee is one of the departmental select committees,
the powers of which are set out in House of Commons Standing Orders,
principally in SO No.152. These are available on the Internet
via www.parliament.uk .
The Reports and evidence of the Committee are published
by The Stationery Office by Order of the House. All publications
of the Committee (including press notices) are on the Internet
at www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/s&thome.htm . A
list of Reports of the Committee in the present Parliament is
on the inside front cover of this volume.
All correspondence should be addressed to The Clerk
of the Science and Technology Committee, Committee Office, 7 Millbank,
London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general inquiries is:
020-7219-2794; the Committee's e-mail address is: [email protected]
In the footnotes of this Report, references to oral
evidence are indicated by 'Q' followed by the question number.
References to written evidence are indicated by the page number
as in 'Ev 12'.