To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport
(1) if he will consider hiring a chief scientific adviser for his Department on a part-time basis;
(2) what plans his Department has to hire a chief scientific adviser.
This Department expects to have a new head of analysis (at civil service grade 5 level), who will lead on issues of scientific advice and cover the principle functions of a chief scientific adviser (CSA), in place by autumn 2012. The Department is working with the Government chief scientific adviser and the Government Office for Science to establish mechanisms for the post-holder to draw on the advice and varied expertise of the chief scientific advisers network.