Chief Scientific Advisers

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Adam Afriyie Adam Afriyie Chair, Members' Expenses Committee, Chair, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what use his Department makes of the wider network of departmental chief scientific advisers when seeking scientific advice to inform policymaking.

Photo of John Penrose John Penrose Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)

holding answer 2 July 2012

This Department maintains contact with the chief scientific advisers (CSA) network via a representative in its Evidence and Analysis Unit, who also provides the secretariat for the Department's Science and Research Advisory Committee (SRAC). Through meetings and e-mail circulars co-ordinated by the Government Office for Science (GO-Science), the Department's representative, in consultation with its SRAC, works to identify wider scientific issues pertinent to its work and where it would be appropriate to access expert advice. In addition to this, the chair of the SRAC meets with the Government chief scientific adviser and CSA at regular meetings organised by GO-Science, involving (a) the CSAs and the wider scientific community and (b) the CSAs and chairs of all governmental scientific advisory committees.

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