Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, attended ‘The Voice of the Future 2004‘ reception, organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, at the House of Commons to meet younger scientists and engineers. Among others, he met his constituent, Dr Ben Bardsley, who works for GlaxoSmithKline in Stevenage, to discuss the issues facing scientists today.

    Peter Lilley, who is himself a science graduate, said: “I support any steps to raise the profile of science. I have asked Dr Bardsley and his fellow scientists to get in touch with me if they feel there are policies the government should be pursuing to improve the quality of scientific training and research in this country.

    “I recently put down a Parliamentary Question which revealed that the number of students who graduated with degrees in physics has fallen since 1997 – from 2,440 in 1997 to 2,205 in 2003. It is therefore important that we encourage more young people to study challenging and useful subjects like physics, chemistry and engineering rather than what the government itself has described as ‘Mickey Mouse‘ degrees.”