Results 1–20 of 42 for science speaker:Stephen Metcalfe

Brexit, Science and Innovation (6 Sep 2018)

Stephen Metcalfe: I will do my very best to stick to your advice, Madam Deputy Speaker. I thank the right hon. Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb), my successor as Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee, for securing this debate and for his comprehensive remarks, with which he did an excellent job of covering the contents of our two reports. I shall try not to repeat too many of his points, but...

Brexit, Science and Innovation (6 Sep 2018)

Stephen Metcalfe: I absolutely welcome the steps that the Government have taken to support the science community. I shall come back to that point later, but that investment is a very welcome step. Over the past eight years, the Government have been consistent in their support for science in Budget after Budget—there has always been something in there for the science community—but that does not take...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (14 Jun 2018)

Stephen Metcalfe: Does my hon. Friend agree that ending freedom of movement will at long last give us control over who can come to this country, and allow us then to create an immigration system that works for science, without limitless immigration from the EU?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (1 Mar 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: On Monday, I chaired a seminar at the Royal Society looking at the priorities for the science community as we start our Brexit negotiations, and a report of the meeting will be launched here in Parliament on 21 March. While I of course understand that the Prime Minister may be too busy to attend, will she meet me once the report is published so that I can present to her in person the...

Smart Metering: Electricity and Gas — [Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] (9 Feb 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: ...his words and for some of his assurances. Forgive me if I failed to recognise the scale of the challenge. I do not; I get that it is a huge undertaking. However, he will agree that the role of the Science and Technology Committee is to provide challenge where possible. We all recognise that there are huge potential benefits to be found through smart metering. We want those benefits to be...

Smart Metering: Electricity and Gas — [Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] (9 Feb 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Sixth Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Evidence Check: Smart metering of electricity and gas, HC 161, and the Government response, HC 846. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Turner. It is good to see some fellow Committee members here for what I am sure will be an interesting debate for us, and hopefully for...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Topical Questions (6 Feb 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: ...the focus provided by the recently launched industrial strategy, will my right hon. Friend tell the House what steps the Government are taking to ensure that every child gets the kind of STEM—science, technology, engineering and maths—education that they will need in the future to access the undoubted opportunities that will exist?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (31 Jan 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: May I again welcome the first two pillars of the proposed industrial strategy: investment in science and developing skills? Will my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State meet me to discuss how the work of the Science and Technology Committee can act as a road map in delivering the Government’s aims?

Industrial Strategy Consultation (23 Jan 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: There is obviously much to be welcomed in the strategy, but may I express my particular support for the importance being placed on science investment and developing skills? To that end, will my right hon. Friend, first, seize the moment and make the case across Government for increasing spending on science and technology to 3% of GDP, which many of our competitor nations have done and which...

Exiting the Eu: Science and Research (19 Dec 2016)

Stephen Metcalfe: ...debate, Madam Deputy Speaker. May I also thank the Government for putting aside Government time to discuss this important issue and for agreeing to tag the recent report by the Select Committee on Science and Technology, “Leaving the EU: implications and opportunities for science and research”? I am very appreciative. Before I turn to the report and its obvious relevance to...

International Trade: Topical Questions (15 Dec 2016)

Stephen Metcalfe: What action is my right hon. Friend taking to promote our world-class science base around the globe? Will he confirm that he recognises that face-to-face collaboration is an important part of that continued success, and that we need to attract the best and the brightest to do their research here?

Autumn Statement (23 Nov 2016)

Stephen Metcalfe: There is much to be welcomed in the Chancellor’s statement, particularly the warm words about the strength of our science and technology endeavours, especially in the light of the recent Science and Technology Committee report that called for a rise in spending on R and D to 3% of GDP. Obviously, the extra £2 billion is a helpful step in that direction, but to realise the potential...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (27 Oct 2016)

Stephen Metcalfe: A recurring theme for the Science and Technology Committee is the lack of progress being made in achieving gender balance across the scientific community, both in business and academia. What work are my right hon. Friend and her Department doing to remove barriers faced by women? What steps are being taken to ensure that work is integrated with ongoing efforts in the universities sector,...

Exiting the European Union: UK Citizens in EU Countries: Rights (20 Oct 2016)

Stephen Metcalfe: ...and the fact that free movement cannot continue as it is now. However, will my hon. Friend reiterate that a degree of free movement will be necessary to protect key areas of our economy such as science and technology, and in particular research collaboration?

Backbench Business: Digital Records in the NHS — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (28 Apr 2016)

Stephen Metcalfe: ...and they will cover for me. However, one thing I have found in my time in Parliament is that there is a huge crossover. One area in which I am very interested and actively involved in Parliament is science and technology. In the previous Parliament, I sat on the Select Committee on Science and Technology. In this Parliament, I chair the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, which, for...

Estimates Day — [2nd Allotted Day] — Estimates 2015-16 — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills — The Science Budget (2 Mar 2016)

Stephen Metcalfe: ...up the aspiration. That is why I want to place on the record my thanks to the Chancellor and to the Minister for the announcement in the recent spending review of a real-terms increase in spending on science. I was fortunate enough to be a member of the Science and Technology Committee in the previous Parliament. Indeed, I wanted to chair the Committee in this Parliament, but unfortunately...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Higher Education: STEM Subjects (2 Feb 2016)

Stephen Metcalfe: Will my hon. Friend join me in celebrating the work and role science and discovery centres play in inspiring young scientists and engineers? Will he tell the House what plans he has to improve their reach, raise awareness of their existence and support their important work?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Science Budget (16 Jun 2015)

Stephen Metcalfe: What his policy is on the future ring-fencing of the science budget.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Science Budget (16 Jun 2015)

Stephen Metcalfe: I was grateful to my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer for protecting the science budget during the last Parliament, but the flat cash settlement agreed in 2010 is now worth 15% less than it was then. Will the Minister agree to look at that and at least make good that loss when preparing the Budget and going into the spending review, so that our excellent science base can play...

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