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Departmental Scientists

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in his Department. (301928)

This Department has one scientific adviser, our chief scientific adviser. There are no ‘hard’ scientific posts in the Department, although we have a large number of social science posts. At the end of October 2009, there were 218 specialists in social scientific disciplines (economics, statistics, social research and operational research) in the DCSF, including our chief scientific adviser. In addition, there are nine specialists in social scientific disciplines in the joint DCSF/DWP Child Poverty Unit. All of these specialists are civil servants.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on how many occasions he has met (a) the Government chief scientific adviser and (b) his Department's chief scientific adviser in the course of his official duties in the last 12 months. (303965)

The Secretary of State has not had any meetings with (a) the Government chief scientific adviser in the course of his official duties in the last 12 months. And (b) the Department's chief scientific adviser has attended six meetings with the Secretary of State during this period.