MP's with Science qualifications to at least BSc level

Ian Walker made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

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From: Ian Walker

10 February 2009

Dear Sir or Madam,
My concern relates to the observed poor standard of 'problem
solving' among our MP's.
Living in our highly technical and scientific society I question if
our legislators possess the necessary analytical skills to identify
the problems let alone the solutions.
A good science background is essential if we are to make sound
judgements on questions relating to global warming, alternative
energy resources, IT strengths and limitations etc.etc.
Could the reason for so many government implemented schemes,
like NHS computer network failures, disappearing into 'expensive
black holes' be the result of poor scientific backgrounds.
If possible,(a) I would appreciate an analysis of MP's with basic
science qualifications (BSc level) compared to the number who do
not and (b) what percentage of MP's have been educated to Degree
level in any discipline?

Yours faithfully,

Ian Walker

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Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

10 February 2009

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should be sent within 15 working days or 20 working days if you are
requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2009/0013057

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11 February 2009

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Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

3 March 2009

Dear Mr Walker
Thank you for your e-mail of 10 February, addressed to the Department for
Innovation, Universities and Skills' Information mailbox, requesting for
information about MP's qualifications. Your request was made under the
Freedom of Information Act. On this occasion I have been asked to reply.

I am sorry to tell you that the Department has been unable to answer your
questions within the timeframe agreed for correspondence from members of
the public, in accordance with Whitehall standards. Officials continue to
look into your request. I hope to reply to you again shortly.

I apologise for any inconvenience this delay in responding has caused.
Yours sincerely

Theresa Bailey
Public Communications Unit

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number
2009/0013321. To correspond by email with the Department for Innovation,
Universities and Skills please contact [1][DIUS request email].

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From: Ian Walker

11 March 2009

Dear Sir or Madam,
While I appreciate your apology (3rd March) for the delay in
answering my query I feel obliged to remind you that you are
currently in breach of the law under the FOI Act and that I am
still waiting for your response.

Yours sincerely,

Ian Walker

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Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

15 March 2009

Dear Mr Walker
In my e-mail to you of 3 March, I promised to get back to you with a
response to your request made under the Freedom of Information Act,
about MP's qualifications. I note you have also e-mailed on 11
March. Again I apologise for the delay in responding.

The Department for Innovation Universities and Skills (DIUS) has now
completed its search for the information which you requested. You asked
for an analysis of MP's with basic science qualifications (BSc level)
compared to the number who do not and what percentage of MP's have been
educated to Degree level in any discipline.

I have taken your request to have been sent to the DIUS, as the Department
has `Universities' in its remit. However DIUS does not directly oversee
the awarding of degree classification, nor does it house the current or
historical records of these centrally. We have completed our search and
have established that DIUS does not hold a record of MPs Qualifications,
generally, and nor does it hold details of the qualifications of Ministers
in any other Government Departments.

I can confirm, however, that the DIUS does hold centrally details of its
Ministers' degrees. The Secretary of State John Denham has a degree
qualification in Chemistry; Sion Simon MP and David Lammy were both
educated at degree level in non-science disciplines.

Additional information regarding other MPs, which may include details of
their degree disciplines, is available on the following websites:

- [1]www.theyworkforyou.com
- [2]www.epolitix.com
- Aristotle (politics.guardian.co.uk)
- VascherDod ([3]www.dodonline.co.uk/)
- The websites of the political parties and constituency websites

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Yours sincerely

Theresa Bailey

Public Communications Unit

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