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.
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.