§ Dr. Gibson
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will appoint the new Director of Science, Technology and Innovation. 
§ Ms Hewitt
This post has been created as an outcome of the review of my Department, the conclusions of which I announced on 22 November 2001,Official Report, column 396W. The post will be filled by an external open competition. I would expect the appointment to be made in spring 2002.