Comparative Table of Parliamentary TA Institutions
UNITED KINGDOM - THE PARLIAMENTARY OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
For its first
three years, POST operated outside of Parliament as a charitable
foundation, funded by UK learned societies and scientific foundations.
The intention was always for POST to be an internal
parliamentary office and in 1992 both Houses of the UK Parliament
decided to take over its funding and to create a pioneering bicameral
office. In 2000, both Houses took the decision to make POST a permanent
institution at Parliament, after an examination by the House of Commons
Information Committee and a debate in the Commons chamber.