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Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
Oral evidence concluded. Report in preparation.
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.
Evidence given by Gary Butler, Assurance Director, Atomic Weapons Establishment, Simon Earwicker, Division Head, Chemical, Biological and Radiological Sciences Division, and Dr Cerys Rees, Fellow, Chemical, Biological and Radiological Science Division, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, and Dr Nick Gent, Deputy Head, Emergency Response Department, Public Health England; Ben Wallace MP, Minister for Security, Home Office, and Paul McCloghrie, Deputy Director, National Risks and Infrastructure, Civil Contingencies Secretariat
There are currently no public meetings scheduled.
Science and Technology Committee examines the planning for, detecting and responding to major incidents