The four UK national Academies have written jointly to the Prime Minister to ask him not to reduce resources to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, under proposals that could result in the committee being able to conduct only half the number of inquiries it currently holds per year.

The Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society, the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences told David Cameron that “The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee is an essential forum in which government policies are scrutinised, and through which upcoming areas of opportunity and concern for policy makers can be identified and examined. The breadth of activities supported through its current resources is impressive, and has helped to frame significant debates, driving evidence based policymaking.”

Read the full text of the Academies’ letter (183.21 KB)

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

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