HC Deb 13 June 2002 vol 386 c1390W
Paul Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she is taking to encourage women to take up science and engineering careers. [58228]

Ms Hewitt

The Department's Promoting SET for Women Unit will continue to be in existence for another five years to stimulate progress. I have asked Baroness Greenfield to report to me on the development of a more aggressive strategy for women in science and engineering. I also recently announced a new award, in memory of Rosalind Franklin, which will be given annually in recognition of outstanding scientific achievement in innovation and research to raise the profile of women in science. My Department is also funding a national mentoring scheme for women in SET.