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.

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