Strategically important metals

Inquiry and Reports

The Committee agreed on 10 November 2010 to launch a new inquiry examining the importance of strategic metals to the UK. The Committee published its report on Tuesday 17 May 2011.

The Committee received a response from the Office of Fair Trading on 27 May 2011. A Government Response was published on 14 September 2011.

  • Report: Strategically important metals
  • Additional written evidence 
  • Office of Fair Trading response (PDF PDF 52 KB)
  • Further correspondence following the Committee Report's publication (PDF PDF 82 KB)  
  • Government Response  

    The Committee has received a number of representations relating to the OFT response. The Committee advises those who wish to raise matters regarding the London Metals Market to send them to the OFT

  • Terms of Reference

    Oral evidence

    • Wednesday 2 March 2011
      Professor Robert Watson, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Professor David Clary, Chief Scientific Adviser, Foreign & Commonwealth Office; Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science

    • Wednesday 16 February 2011
      Witnesses: Charles Emmerson, Senior Fellow, Chatham House, Dr Jonathan Di John, Lecturer in Political Economy, School of Oriental and African Studies, Anthony Lipmann, Managing Director, Lipmann Walton & Co Ltd, and former Chairman, Minor Metals Trade Association, and Charles Swindon, Chair of the Trade and Lobby Committee, Minor Metals Trade Association

    • Wednesday 26 January 2011
      Professor David Manning, Secretary, Professional Matters, Geological Society, Dr Bernie Rickinson, Chief Executive, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and Dr Mike Pitts, Industry Technology Division, Royal Society of Chemistry; Ian Hetherington, Director General, British Metals Recycling Association, Sophie Thomas, Council Member, The Design Council, Tony Hartwell, Knowledge Transfer Manager, The Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network, and Louis Brimacombe, Head, Environment & Sustainability Research Team, Tata Steel



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      • Reports and associated evidence – Reports of Committee inquires. This category may also include Special Reports where they are used by a Committee to bring matters relating to conduct of its business to the notice of the House.
      • Responses to Reports - Responses may be published as a Special Report, or as a Command Paper. They may also be appended to a Report should the Committee have substantial comments on the Response, in which case they can be found listed under Reports. 
      • Other oral and written evidence - Evidence taken by the Committee that has yet to or did not result in the publication of a Report. This includes transcripts of recent meetings.
      • Estimate Memoranda - An Estimate memorandum is an explanatory note that accompanies a government department’s estimate (a means by which a department seeks authority from Parliament for its spending plans).
      • Correspondence - Correspondence sent from or received by the Committee or its Chair.