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Departmental Scientists

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 9 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in his Department. (301930)

Professor Brian Collins is the Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He draws upon science and engineering expertise as necessary from within the department and externally.

There are 197 civil servants in BIS and its agencies who have signed up to the Government Science and Engineering network, which is for civil servants who identify themselves as scientists and/or engineers, or who work in posts which demand science or engineering skills.