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Greg Clark MP elected Chair of Science and Technology Select Committee

Nominations closed yesterday for the position of Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee.

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As there was one single nomination of Greg Clark MP, the Speaker has announced that Mr Clark has been elected to the role with immediate effect.

Select committee chairs are allocated according to party. The Order of the House of 16 January 2020 allocated the Chair of this Committee to the Conservative Party. Only a Member of the Conservative Party may stand for election although all MPs are able to take part in the election process. 

Mr Clark previously chaired the Science and Technology Committee from January 2020 to July 2022, when he was appointed as Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. He is the Conservative MP for Tunbridge Wells.

Nominations have also closed for the position of Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

As more than one nomination has been received, a ballot will take place on Wednesday 12 October between 11am and 2.30pm. The Speaker will announce the results in the Chamber later that day. This role was also allocated to the Conservative Party.

The election process for both posts was paused following the death of the Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September.

Chair's comment

Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, yesterday said in a statement:

“I am delighted be able to resume my chairmanship of the Committee and am grateful for the confidence and support of my colleagues across the House. Thank you in particular to Aaron Bell and Carol Monaghan for steering the Committee in the interim.

“From driving economic growth across the country to unlocking the power of sustainable energy, science and technology holds the key to addressing some of the UK’s most pressing policy issues. This makes the Committee’s work more vital than ever.

“It is full steam ahead with the Committee’s existing inquiries, where we scrutinise the Government in policy areas including nuclear power, the space industry and personal health data, to name a few.

“And on Ada Lovelace Day, I want to recognise our vibrant and talented scientific community. I value the close engagement this role provides and look forward to hearing their ideas on what the Committee should investigate next in our My Science Inquiry.”

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