Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Defra science


Defra science

Invitation to help frame EFRA Committee inquiry

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has decided to examine the science capability of Defra and its agencies. 

The EFRA Committee invites interested parties to help devise the scope of this inquiry by suggesting areas which the Committee could usefully examine. 

Areas the Committee may wish to examine could include:

• The adequacy of the existing scientific infrastructure within Defra, and the systems by which Defra both funds research and ensures that it has access to scientific advice.

• Defra’s approach to collaborative research and the funding of research institutes, both with other Government Departments and with the Research Councils - for example, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).


Oral evidence session

Wednesday 17 March 2010

The Committee heard short presentations from the following  panel:

Professor Robert Watson, Chief Scientific Adviser, Defra;
Professor Alistair Hetherington, Member of the Defra Science Advisory Council;
Dr Timothy Hall, Head of Unit, for Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Agriculture, EU DG Research;
Mr Steve Visscher, Deputy Chief Executive, BBSRC;
Miranda Kavanagh, Director of Evidence, Environment Agency;
Henry Robinson, CLA;
Dr David Gibbons, Head of Conservation Science, RSPB
And also questions from the public.


Press notices

22/02/10 Oral evidence session announced
25/02/08 Invitation to help frame inquiry