HC Deb 18 April 2000 vol 348 c433W
Dr. Starkey

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if new appointments have been made to the Council for Science and Technology. [119985]

Mr. Byers

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has recently decided to increase the number of independent members to 16 and to appoint the following as new members:

  • Mr. Javaid Aziz, CEO, Aspective
  • Mr. Euan Baird, Chairman, Schlumberger Ltd.
  • Professor Vicki Bruce, Deputy Principal of Research, University of Stirling
  • Professor Sir Paul Nurse, Director General, Imperial Cancer Research Fund
  • Professor Peter Schuddeboom, Vice President, Nortel Networks
  • Professor David VandeLinde, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bath
  • Mr. John Weston, Chief Executive, BAE Systems.

These new members replace five previous members, namely:

  • Dame Bridget Ogilvie, Chairman, COPUS
  • Sir Robin Nicholson, Chairman, Rolls Royce plc
  • Professor Sir Stewart Sutherland, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Edinburgh
  • Mr. J. Martin Taylor, Chairman, W. H. Smith Group
  • Professor Sir Keith O'Nions, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Ministry of Defence (from January 2000).

The Prime Minister also decided to re-appoint:

  • Sir Richard Sykes, Chairman, Glaxo Wellcome plc (until March 2003)
  • Professor Sir Aaron Klug, President of the Royal Society (until the end of his Presidency of the Royal Society later this year)
  • Professor Kumar Bhattacharyya, Director, Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick (until March 2003).

I am most grateful for the support and advice we have received from Council members so far and very much look forward to working with the new Council.

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