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 current minister of science is Amanda Solloway.

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

Terms of Reference[3][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.

Membership[edit]

2020 to present[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.[1]

Member Party Constituency
Greg Clark MP
(Chair)
Conservatives Tunbridge Wells
Aaron Bell MP Conservative Newcastle-under-Lyme
Dawn Butler MP Labour Brent Central
Chris Clarkson MP Conservative Heywood & Middleton
Katherine Fletcher MP Conservative South Ribble
Andrew Griffith MP Conservative Arundel and South Downs
Rebecca Long Bailey MP
Labour Salford and Eccles
Carol Monaghan MP SNP Glasgow North West
Graham Stringer MP Labour Blackley and Broughton
Zarah Sultana MP Labour Coventry South

2017-2019[edit]

The Committee's Chair, Sir Norman Lamb, was announced on 12 July 2017[5][6] The Chair and Members of the Committee in the 2017-2019 Parliament were:

Member Party Constituency
The Right Honourable 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

Members in the (2014/15) session of Parliament were as follows:

Member Party Constituency
Andrew Miller MP (Chair) Labour Ellesmere Port and Neston
Jim Dowd MP Labour Lewisham West and Penge
Stephen Metcalfe MP Conservative South Basildon and East Thurrock
David Morris MP Conservative Morecambe and Lunesdale
Stephen Mosley MP Conservative City of Chester
Sarah Newton MP Conservative Truro and Falmouth
Pamela Nash MP Labour Airdrie and Shotts
Graham Stringer MP Labour Blackley and Broughton
David Tredinnick MP Conservative Bosworth
Hywel Williams MP Plaid Cymru Arfon
Roger Williams MP Liberal Democrat Brecon and Radnorshire

Source: Science and Technology Committee

Changes[edit]

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.

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

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. ^ "Membership - Science and Technology Committee". UK Parliament. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Science and Technology Committee - membership". UK Parliament. Retrieved 16 July 2018.

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