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My submission to the Science and Technology Committee has been accepted | January 14, 2011

The Science and Technology Committee have at last accepted my submission which I sent first on 13 October last year.

 My submission concentrates solely on the security aspects, by terrorist and biohazard, because  that is the only part of my objection to the planning application which falls within the committee’s remit. Robert Henderson


— On Thu, 13/1/11, BOYD, Andrew wrote:

From: BOYD, Andrew

Subject: Science & Technology Committee – Acknowledgement of written evidence

To: “Science & Technology Committee” <>

Date: Thursday, 13 January, 2011, 15:01

Dear submitter of written evidence,

Thank you for sending your submission to the Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation. The submission has been made available to members of the Committee.

The Committee may make use of your evidence for the purpose of carrying out its inquiry, including-if it wishes-printing and publishing your evidence, or making it available for public inspection in the Parliamentary Archives. The Committee will not publish or otherwise disclose personal postal or e-mail addresses or telephone numbers. Once submitted, no public use should be made of your submission unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee.

If, on further consideration, there is information in your submission which you believe to be sensitive, you should contact the Clerk to explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account when deciding whether to publish the evidence.

Details of the programme for the inquiry will appear in press notices and will be published on the Science and Technology Committee website at<BLOCKED::;


Andy Boyd,

They forbid public  use of the submission once it has been received by them , unless permission can be obtained from the Committee Clerk. This strikes me as a blatant attempt to gag campaigners,  and it is certainly a breach o copyright if it applies to any publication, but until I get a reply to my enquiry about what constitutes public use I have taken the submission down from the ULCMRI blog.  However, I leave up my covering letter sent with  the submission, viz:

 11  January 2011


Science and Technology Committee

House of Commons

Dear Sirs,

 I enclose a submission relating to the security dangers, both from terrorists and biohazards, which will arise if the UKCRMI laboratory is built on the Brill Place site .This comes within the scope of the committee’s remit, viz:

 “1. What are the risk assessment arrangements to ensure the safety of the site? ”

 I am willing to give evidence to the committee in person.

 If the committee want to get a proper idea of how astonishingly close the site is to residential property, the Eurostar terminal and the British Library,  they need to visit the site. I live in the street which runs down one side of the site which begins approximately 60 feet from my front window.

 If the committee want a  guide around the site, I should be happy to perform  the role.

 Yours sincerely,

Robert Henderson


email; sent 14 January 2011

Dear Mr Boyd,

I note that no public use of the submission should be made without the Committee Clerk’s permission. I have the following questions:

1. How long does this general  veto on public use last?

2. What constitutes public use?  Blogs, websites, the press, broadcasters? Many groups are involved in the campaign against this laboratory. In the nature of things, this means they need to let people know what they are doing.  

3. What are the criteria you use to decided whether to lift the veto?

 Yours sincerely,

Robert Henderson

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