Engineering

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 27th February 2012.

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Photo of Rebecca Harris Rebecca Harris Conservative, Castle Point

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on the introduction of a chief engineering adviser for the purposes of advising the Government on how to support engineering in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has received no recent representations regarding the introduction of a chief engineering adviser. Professor John Perkins was appointed as BIS chief scientific adviser on 10 January 2012. His responsibilities include ensuring that the Department’s policies are informed by fit-for-purpose science, technology and engineering advice. As an experienced engineer, Professor Perkins is well placed to advise on engineering issues.

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