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New peers threaten science committee

Learned societies and members of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee have reacted angrily to a proposal to reduce the number of inquiries the committee can undertake.

The proposal was made in a report from the Lords’ Liaison Committee, published on 21 March, which says cutbacks are needed so that newly arrived members of the House of Lords can join new scrutiny bodies. In its report, the committee says two of the Lords’ existing scrutiny committees—the Science and Technology Committee and the European Union Committee—should be retrenched so that resources are freed up to establish ad hoc committees in other areas, beginning with small and medium-sized businesses and public services.

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