Science and Technology Select Committee

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The Science and Technology Select Committee is a select committee of the House of Commons in the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

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[1] 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.[2] 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 position of Science Minister is vacant following the resignation of George Freeman.

21st Report - Balance and effectiveness of research and innovation spending[edit]

Terms of Reference[edit]

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.[3]

Membership[edit]

The Right Honourable Greg Clark was elected as the new chair in the 58th parliament in January 2020.[4] He defeated fellow Conservative MP Stephen Metcalfe.[5] As of July 2022, membership is as follows:[6]

Member Portrait Party Constituency
Greg Clark MP
(Chair)
Official portrait of Rt Hon Greg Clark MP crop 2.jpg Conservatives Tunbridge Wells
Aaron Bell MP Official portrait of Aaron Bell MP crop 2.jpg Conservative Newcastle-under-Lyme
Dawn Butler MP Official portrait of Dawn Butler MP crop 2.jpg Labour Brent Central
Chris Clarkson MP Official portrait of Chris Clarkson MP crop 2.jpg Conservative Heywood & Middleton
Tracey Crouch MP Official portrait of Tracey Crouch crop 2 2022.jpg Conservative Chatham and Aylesford
Dehenna Davison MP Official portrait of Dehenna Davison MP crop 2.jpg Conservative Bishop Auckland
Katherine Fletcher MP Official portrait of Katherine Fletcher MP crop 2.jpg Conservative South Ribble
Rebecca Long-Bailey MP
Official portrait of Rebecca Long Bailey crop 2.jpg Labour Salford and Eccles
Carol Monaghan MP Official portrait of Carol Monaghan MP crop 2.jpg SNP Glasgow North West
Graham Stringer MP Labour Blackley and Broughton
Zarah Sultana MP Official portrait of Zarah Sultana MP crop 2.jpg Labour Coventry South

Changes since 2019[edit]

Date Outgoing Member
& Party
Constituency New Member
& Party
Constituency Source
11 May 2020 Chi Onwurah MP (Labour) Newcastle upon Tyne Central Dawn Butler MP (Labour) Brent Central Hansard
22 February 2021 Darren Jones MP (Labour) Bristol North West Rebecca Long-Bailey MP (Labour) Salford and Eccles Hansard
19 October 2021 Andrew Griffith MP (Conservative) Arundel and South Downs Dehenna Davison MP (Conservative) Bishop Auckland Hansard
17 May 2022 Mark Logan MP (Conservative) Bolton North East Tracey Crouch MP (Conservative) Chatham and Aylesford Hansard

2017-2019 Parliament[edit]

The election of the chair took place on 12 July 2017, with the members of the committee being announced on 11 September 2017.[7][8]

Member Party Constituency
Rt. Hon. Sir Norman Lamb MP (Chair) Liberal Democrat North Norfolk
Vicky Ford MP Conservative Chelmsford
Bill Grant MP Conservative Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Darren Jones MP Labour Bristol North West
Liz Kendall MP Labour Leicester West
Stephen Metcalfe MP Conservative South Basildon and East Thurrock
Carol Monaghan MP SNP Glasgow North West
Damien Moore MP Conservative Southport
Neil O'Brien MP Conservative Harborough
Graham Stringer MP Labour Blackley and Broughton
Martin Whitfield MP Labour East Lothian

Changes 2017-2019[edit]

Date Outgoing Member
& Party
Constituency New Member
& Party
Constituency Source
16 October 2017 New seat Vicky Ford MP (Conservative) Chelmsford Hansard
Adam Holloway MP (Conservative) Gravesham
Stephanie Peacock MP (Labour) Barnsley East
4 December 2017 Stephanie Peacock MP (Labour) Barnsley East Carol Monaghan MP (SNP) Glasgow North West Hansard
22 January 2018 Adam Holloway MP (Conservative) Gravesham Damien Moore MP (Conservative) Southport Hansard
27 March 2018 Clive Lewis MP (Labour) Norwich South Liz Kendall MP (Labour) Leicester West Hansard
21 January 2019 Neil O'Brien MP (Conservative) Harborough Sam Gyimah MP (Conservative) East Surrey Hansard

2015-2017 Parliament[edit]

The chair was elected on 18 June 2015, with members being announced on 13 July 2015.[9][10]

Member Party Constituency
Nicola Blackwood MP (Chair) Conservative Oxford West and Abingdon
Victoria Borwick MP Conservative Kensington
Jim Dowd MP Labour Lewisham West and Penge
Chris Green MP Conservative Bolton West
Liz McInnes MP Labour Heywood and Middleton
Dr Tania Mathias MP Conservative Twickenham
Carol Monaghan MP SNP Glasgow North West
Graham Stringer MP Labour Blackley and Broughton
Derek Thomas MP Conservative St Ives
Matt Warman MP Conservative Boston and Skegness
Daniel Zeichner MP Labour Cambridge

Changes 2015-2017[edit]

Date Outgoing Member
& Party
Constituency New Member
& Party
Constituency Source
26 October 2015 Liz McInnes MP (Labour) Heywood and Middleton Stella Creasy MP (Labour and Co-op) Walthamstow Hansard
Daniel Zeichner MP (Labour) Cambridge Valerie Vaz MP (Labour) Walsall South
18 July 2016 Valerie Vaz MP (Labour) Walsall South Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP (Labour) City of Durham Hansard
19 July 2016 Nicola Blackwood MP (Conservative) Oxford West and Abingdon Vacant Hansard
19 October 2016 Vacant Stephen Metcalfe MP (Chair) (Conservative) South Basildon and East Thurrock Hansard
13 March 2017 Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP (Labour) City of Durham Gareth Snell MP (Labour and Co-op) Stoke-on-Trent Central Hansard

2010-2015 Parliament[edit]

The chair was elected on 10 June 2010, with members being announced on 12 July 2010.[11][12]

Member Party Constituency
Andrew Miller MP (Chair) Labour Ellesmere Port and Neston
Gavin Barwell MP Conservative Croydon Central
Gregg McClymont MP Labour Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
Stephen Metcalfe MP Conservative South Basildon and East Thurrock
David Morris MP Conservative Morecambe and Lunesdale
Stephen Mosley MP Conservative City of Chester
Pamela Nash MP Labour Airdrie and Shotts
Jonathan Reynolds MP Labour and Co-op Stalybridge and Hyde
Alok Sharma MP Conservative Reading West
Graham Stringer MP Labour Blackley and Broughton
Roger Williams MP Liberal Democrat Brecon and Radnorshire

Changes 2010-2015[edit]

Date Outgoing Member
& Party
Constituency New Member
& Party
Constituency Source
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
25 November 2013 Roger Williams MP (Liberal Democrats) Brecon and Radnorshire David Heath MP (Liberal Democrats) Somerton and Frome Hansard
20 October 2014 Hywel Williams MP (Plaid Cymru) Arfon Vacant Hansard
24 November 2014 David Morris MP (Conservative) Morecambe and Lunesdale Vacant Hansard
1 December 2014 Vacant Dan Byles MP (Conservative) North Warwickshire Hansard

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ UK Parliament - MPs call for government to establish a House of Commons Science and Technology Committee following DIUS/BERR merger
  2. ^ House of Commons Debates 25 June 2009
  3. ^ "Balance and effectiveness of research and innovation spending inquiry launched - News from Parliament". UK Parliament. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Greg Clark elected as Chair of Science and Technology Select Committee - Committees - UK Parliament". committees.parliament.uk. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  5. ^ https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons/Results-spreadsheet-SC-Chairs-2020-a.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  6. ^ "Science and Technology Committee - membership". UK Parliament. Retrieved 14 July 2022.
  7. ^ "Speaker's Statement: Select Committee Chairs". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 627. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 12 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Business without Debate". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 628. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 11 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Speaker's Statement". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 597. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 18 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Business without Debate". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 598. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 13 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Speaker's Statement". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 511. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 10 June 2010.
  12. ^ "Committees". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 513. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 12 July 2010.

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