Appendix 2: CALL FOR EVIDENCE
The following Call for Evidence was issued on 16
January 2003, inviting written submissions by 24 February.
1. The House of Lords Science and Technology
Committee has appointed Sub-Committee II, chaired by Lord Patel,
to conduct an Inquiry into Science and the Regional Development
2. The nine RDAs in England spend and mobilise
significant sums on science-related matters. The Sub-Committee
is interested in the diversity of approaches that have developed
and, in the interests of spreading best practice, wishes to identify
those that have been most successful. In doing so, the Sub-Committee
intends also to make comparisons with the more established practice
in the Devolved Administrations and in other countries.
3. Against that background, the Sub-Committee
would welcome comments on the following questions (not all of
which will be relevant for some respondents).
a. How and to what extent do RDAs develop
and exploit science, engineering and technology (SET) to stimulate
employment, employment opportunities, regeneration, wealth creation
and improved skill levels?
b. How do advances in SET and national
SET policies and initiatives influence and inform RDAs' strategies?
c. Do RDAs take full advantage of all available
local, regional and national SET facilities, expertise and funds
(including EU funds) in implementing their policies?
d. How do RDAs reach decisions on financial
support for SET? How should success be judged?
e. What lessons may be learned from RDAs'
approach to SET, and from the longer experience of Scotland, Wales
and Northern Ireland?
4. The Sub-Committee would also welcome wider
comment on these matters.