Science and Technology Committee (Commons)

Science in emergencies: chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incidents inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Report published. Awaiting Government Response.

Due to the general election on 8 June 2017 the Committee has now closed this inquiry, Government responses to committee reports may be published in the next Parliament.

Report published

The Government needs to check its lists of experts who can provide scientific advice during a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear ('CBRN') incident to make sure the UK is ready for such emergencies, according to the Science and Technology Committee report.

Scope of the inquiry

The Science and Technology Committee is undertaking an inquiry into science advice in relation to planning for and responding to chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) incidents. CBRN emergencies include events such as industrial fires, chemical contamination and nuclear accidents.

The inquiry follows previous Committee reports 'Scientific advice and evidence in emergencies' in 2011 and 'Science in Emergencies: UK lessons from Ebola' in January 2016. The inquiry coincides with the 5th anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan and the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine.

Terms of reference: Science in emergencies: chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incidents

Publications

Read all transcripts, written evidence and other material related to the science in emergencies inquiry.

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