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Departmental Scientists

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in his Department. (301922)

The information requested in part (a) is two: the Department for Transport has a chief and a deputy chief scientific adviser.

The information requested in part (b) is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, based on the latest data from the Government Science and Engineering (GSE) Network, which is on an ‘opt in’ basis, 39 respondents from this Department indicated that they had a science background, which is either essential or useful to their post.