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National Science and Engineering Week

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans his Department has to mark National Science and Engineering Week. (320954)

BIS funds the co-ordination of National Science and Engineering Week (NSEW), including a £100,000 fund for over 400 schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own science and engineering events. My noble Friend the Minister of State for Science and Innovation wrote to all MPs encouraging them to get involved with activities during NSEW. We identified opportunities, within already busy schedules, for BIS Ministers and departmental representatives to contribute to events during the week.

Underlining the Department's support for NSEW, there was considerable ministerial involvement at the annual Big Bang: UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair, which took place on 11-13 March, and included the finals of the UK National Science and Engineering Competition. Ministerial involvement included:

My noble Friend the Minister of State for Science and Innovation engaged in outreach activities on 12 March as a STEM ambassador;

My noble Friend the Secretary of State attended the Big Bang event on 12 March and presented awards to finalists of the National Science and Engineering Competition; and

My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business and Regulatory Reform attended on 13 March.

NSEW is being promoted throughout Science week on the Department's website:

www.bis.gov.uk