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New Minister for Science

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 December 2013 20:49
Published on Monday, 13 November 2006 00:00
Sainsbury.jpgWicks.jpgFollowing the resignation of Lord Sainsbury on November 10, Malcolm Wicks has taken over as Minister for Science and Innovation. Lord Sainsbury has had responsibility for the Office of Science and Technology, Research Councils and space matters since 1998. The annual science budget has increased from £1.3 billion to £3.4 billion during his eight years in government. Between now and the summer of 2007, reporting to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretaries of State for Trade and Industry and Education and Skills, he will carry out a review of science and innovation policies across government, focusing on their contribution to wealth creation and scientific policy-making.

The President of the RAS, Professor Rowan-Robinson, said;

' David Sainsbury will be a hard act to follow. The science community will want to help Malcolm Wicks  keep science high up the political agenda'.

Malcolm Wicks was previously  Minister of State for Energy at the DTI  since May 2005 where he has been working on a major Energy Review, due in 2007,  designed to ' help us to take the global lead in combating climate change while securing our electricity supply'.
Prior to that he was Minister of State for Pensions (June 2003 - May 2005), Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Work (June 2001 - June 2003)and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Lifelong Learning (appointed July 1999). Mr Wicks was the Chairman of the Education Select Committee from 1998 until his appointment as a Minister. He has been Member of Parliament for Croydon North since 1992.

Mr Wicks was educated at North West London Polytechnic and the London School of Economics. Between 1974 and 1977, he was a university lecturer and from 1968 to 1974 a social policy analyst at the Home Office. He was Director of the Family Policy Studies Centre before entering Parliament. He is the author of several books and reports on aspects of the welfare state.