This consultation will run parallel to the Science Minister Lord Drayson's exercise undertaken to clarify the "rules of engagement" around scientific advice to the Government, following the Nutt drug re-classification debacle.
Now I wonder - if the outcomes of both reviews are at odds with each other, as is more than likely, which one will dominate in setting the Government's commitment to "evidence-based policy making"? I suspect the Ministers report will be the preferred option - yet more "policy based evidence making".
Politics is the only profession which makes no minimum educational or experience requirements, and it shows in their decisions and in the very news item announcing this largely symbolic consultation. I quote from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills news item of today:
Notes to editors
- The consultation will remain open until 9 February 2009 and details are available at www.berr.gov.uk/files/file53585.pdf. The guidelines were first introduced in 1997 by former government chief scientific advisor Lord May.
That's maths and engineering innit? Sorry we're just politicians...