NEW INQUIRYMay their elbows be invested with plenty of power.
SCIENTIFIC ADVICE, RISK AND EVIDENCE: HOW GOVERNMENT HANDLES THEM
The Science and Technology Committee agreed, at its meeting today, that it would hold an inquiry to examine the way in which the Government obtains and uses scientific advice in the development of policy.
The inquiry will focus upon the mechanisms in place for the use of scientific advice (including the social sciences) and the way in which the guidelines governing the use of such advice is being applied in practice across Government. It will test the extent to which policies are “evidence-based”.
The Committee will carry out this inquiry by addressing the questions below in a series of case studies.
The first three case studies to be addressed are:
1. The technologies supporting the Government’s proposals for identity cards
2. The classification of illegal drugs
3. The use of MRI equipment: the EU Physical Agents (Electromagnetic Fields) Directive
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Do governments take evidence seriously?
William Heath is encouraged to learn that "the Parliamentary council on science and technology (CST) has kicked off a most excellent enquiry about government use of scientific evidence"