Science and Technology Select Committee
The original Science and Technology Committee was abolished upon the creation of the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee on 6 November 2007. However, just 19 months later, the government announced that it was re-establishing the committee following the recommendation of the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee after the merging of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills in June 2009. The House of Commons approved the re-establishment of the committee on 25 June 2009. The committee was officially re-established on 1 October 2009 and has a remit to examine the work of the Government Office for Science. The committee currently scrutinises the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, headed by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng. The current minister of science is Amanda Solloway.
21st Report - Balance and effectiveness of research and innovation spending
In May 2018, UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) published its Strategic Prospectus, which represents "the beginning of the process to develop a detailed Research and Innovation Strategy". It states that "We will work with Government to develop a plan for meeting this target [to increase the UK’s investment in research and development to 2.4% of GDP by 2027, and in the future to 3%, maximising the impact of public investment in research and innovation, and supporting business and other partners to invest more". It envisages ongoing work on "what constitutes reasonable balance" of its funding. Against that background, the Committee undertook an inquiry on the balance and effectiveness of research and innovation spending.
2020 to present
The committee's chair, Sir Norman Lamb, was announced on 12 July 2017 The Chair and Members of the Committee in the 2017-2019 Parliament were:
Members in the (2014/15) session of Parliament were as follows:
Source: Science and Technology Committee
Occasionally, the House of Commons orders changes to be made in terms of membership of select committees, as proposed by the Committee of Selection. Such changes are shown below.
|14 February 2011||Alok Sharma MP (Conservative)||Reading West||→||Stephen McPartland MP (Conservative)||Stevenage||Hansard|
|27 February 2012||Gavin Barwell MP (Conservative)||Croydon Central||→||Caroline Dinenage MP (Conservative)||Gosport||Hansard|
|Stephen McPartland MP (Conservative)||Stevenage||Gareth Johnson MP (Conservative)||Dartford|
|David Morris MP (Conservative)||Morecambe and Lunesdale||Sarah Newton MP (Conservative)||Truro and Falmouth|
|Gregg McClymont MP (Labour)||Cumbernauld, Kilsyth
and Kirkintilloch East
|→||Hywel Williams MP (Plaid Cymru)||Arfon|
|11 June 2012||Jonathan Reynolds MP (Labour Co-op)||Stalybridge and Hyde||→||Jim Dowd MP (Labour)||Lewisham West and Penge||Hansard|
|3 December 2012||Gareth Johnson MP (Conservative)||Dartford||→||David Morris MP (Conservative)||Morecambe and Lunesdale||Hansard|
|4 February 2013||Caroline Dinenage MP (Conservative)||Gosport||→||David Tredinnick MP (Conservative)||Bosworth||Hansard|
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