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Scientific Advisory Committees: Finance

Volume 464: debated on Monday 8 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what the (a) total annual remuneration and (b) average annual remuneration payable to members of each scientific advisory committee was in the latest year for which information is available; (154359)

(2) how many members were appointed to each scientific advisory committee in the 10 years to 31 March 2007;

(3) what the cost was of each scientific advisory committee to public funds in each of the last 10 years ended 31 March.

There are 81 Scientific Advisory Committees (SACs) who support the work of their sponsor Departments. Management of SACs is a matter for their sponsor Departments who are responsible for establishing the SAC's terms of reference and membership and for ensuring that they deliver value for money. There are no arrangements for collecting the data requested centrally. To do so would be disproportionately costly.