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Content: SCIENCE IN PARLIAMENT The Journal of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee. The Committee is an Associate Parliamentary Group of members of both Houses of Parliament and British members of the European Parliament, representatives of scientific and technical institutions, industrial organisations and universities.
Science in Parliament has two main objectives: a) to inform the scientific and industrial communities of activities within Parliament of a scientific nature and of the progress of relevant legislation; b) to keep Members of Parliament abreast of scientific affairs.
Since 1997, this Government has doubled the amount of money invested in science and engineering, yet significant tensions remain. It seems that there is a recognition at last that university science and engineering departments are underfunded, with a one-off extra investment to them of Ј60 million during 2006/07, and a promise of a further Ј75 million to support Applied Research during 2007/08. Sir David Cooksey's report has resulted in a jointly held health research fund of at least Ј1 billion, to ensure that medical research is translated into health and economic benefits. The pressure to move medical research closer to the clinic is being felt acutely by the National Institute of Medical Research, which is at the centre of a controversial proposal to move it into central London. PPARC is merging with the CCLRC, and the NERC is reorganising the CEH, with four of its centres closing. According to the public sector union Prospect, "more than 4 in 10 working scientists are either unsure they will be able to stay in science or certain that they will have to leave". No wonder, with all these changes afoot. 2006 was a significant year for the Royal Society. As part of the Queen's 80th birthday celebrations, they organised a special science exhibition at Buckingham Palace, the fourth of the Prime Minister's "Our Nation's Future" series of lectures in Oxford, and Sir Nicholas Stern was present at the Royal Society's HQ, along with the Prime Minister, the Chancellor and the Secretary of State at DEFRA, to launch the "Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change", which will be hard to ignore. After more than eight years in the job, Lord Sainsbury announced his retirement as Science Minister in November last year, although he is now carrying out a review of the Government's policies on science and innovation. His successor, Malcolm Wicks MP, will find him a hard act to follow. 2007 will see the launch of "International Polar Year". Therefore, it seems appropriate that the House of Commons science and technology Select Committee has launched an inquiry into "Investigating the Oceans". Dr Brian Iddon MP Chairman, Editorial Board Science in Parliament
Contents
Spring 2007 Volume 64 Number 1
Conservative Party Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics Task-Force
1
Opinion by Ian Taylor MP
Sir Ian Lloyd
2
A tribute by Sir John Osborn
The European Research Council
3
Opinion by Professor Fotis C Kafatos
Nuclear energy
4
Opinion by Giles Chichester MEP
Maintaining a World Class Higher Education System
6
Professor David Eastwood
Strategic Influence: my vision for the RSC
8
Dr Richard A Pike
Research Council Support for knowledge transfer
10
Professor Philip Esler
State of Science UK
12
How can Science help to save the Marine Environment?
14
Addresses to the P&SC by Prof Edward Hill, Dr Carol Turley and Mark Farrar
Satellites for Science, Engineering, Technology and Business
20
Addresses to the P&SC by Prof John Zarnecki, Colin Paynter
and Sir Martin Sweeting
Are Patients Safe with the NHS?
24
Addresses to the P&SC by Bill Murray, Prof Tom Treasure and Prof Peter Buckle
Materials, Minerals and Mining ­ innovation,
conservation and wealth creation
30
Addresses to the P&SC by Prof RJ Pine, Dr Stuart Lyon
and Prof Colin J Humphreys
"SIP" gives Science a taste of public opinion
36
Maximising the Benefit from Scientific Innovation
37
Dr David Dent
Riding the wave of the latest Asian Tiger
39
Dr Rob Daniel, British High Commission, New Delhi
Visit to Imperial College
40
Visit to NPL
41
Discarded Science ­ Ideas that seemed a good idea at the time
43
Book review by Reg Sell
House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology
44
House of Commons Library RESEARCH PAPERs
45
House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee
46
Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
47
Letters to the Editor
48
Parliamentary and Scientific Committee News
49
Debates and Selected Parliamentary Questions and Answers
50
Euro-News
54
Science Directory
55
Science Diary
64
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ISSN 0263-6271

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