A ministerial physique supposed to speed up scientific analysis within the UK seems to have been scrapped barely a 12 months after it was arrange.
The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) was established by Boris Johnson in June 2021 as a cupboard committee that the then-prime minister stated would assist cement the UK’s place as a “global science superpower”.
But lower than three weeks after taking workplace, Liz Truss appears to have abolished the council, which doesn’t seem on the record of cupboard committees printed on Friday.
In August 2022, a House of Lords committee stated the NSTC had met solely thrice because it had been established and urged it to satisfy extra often to “drive progress towards science and technology targets”.
The scrapping of NSTC seems to be a part of a wider effort to slim down Government, with the variety of cupboard committees falling from 20 in October 2021 to simply six.
Boris Johnson arrange the National Science and Technology Council in June 2021 to drive efforts to make the UK a ‘science superpower’ (Yui Mok/PA)
Ms Truss additionally seems to have abolished the National Space Council, arrange in 2020 to supply ministerial management on creating the UK’s house sector.
Both the National Space Council and the NSTC have been chaired by Mr Johnson and included senior ministers corresponding to then-chancellor Rishi Sunak, then-business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng and Ms Truss herself, then international secretary.
Other our bodies to be abolished embody cupboard committees centered on the Covid-19 response and people supposed to advertise insurance policies to maintain the Union collectively.
The Union committees seem to have been folded right into a wider Home Affairs Committee chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister, Therese Coffey, as have the Crime and Justice Taskforce and the Health Promotion Taskforce.
Deputy Prime Minister Therese Coffey will oversee the cupboard’s Home Affairs Committee (James Manning/PA)
The National Security Council additionally seems to now not be a separate physique, however has been mixed with different international coverage committees to develop into the Foreign Policy and Security Council.
The Afghanistan Resettlement Committee has additionally been abolished.
While Mr Johnson chaired 11 of his 20 committees, Ms Truss now chairs simply three, reflecting her essential priorities.
These are the Economic Affairs Committee, the Foreign Policy and Security Committee and the sub-committee centered on safety and the nuclear deterrent.
Unlike her predecessor, she has no seat on cupboard committees coping with residence affairs or local weather change, having abolished the Climate Action Strategy Committee.
The Climate Action Implementation Committee stays, chaired by Cop26 President Alok Sharma and attended by the Chancellor, Business Secretary and different senior ministers.