Commons and Lords committees take evidence on forest research

13 July 2011

The Commons Science and Technology Committee holds a concurrent meeting with the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee to examine the issue of forest research.


Wednesday 13 July 2011
Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House [Please note room change]

At 9.05 am

  • Jacqueline Caine, Science Policy Officer, Society of Biology
  • Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive, Confederation of Forest Industries
  • Allan MacKenzie, Departmental Secretary, Forestry Commission Trade Unions
  • Professor Philip Turner, Director, Forest Products Research Institute
  • Dr Allan Watt, Deputy Science Director, Biodiversity Programme, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

At 10.00 am

  • Roger Coppock, Head of Specialist Advisors, Corporate and Forestry Support, Forestry Commission
  • Brian Harris, Head of Science Strategy for Agriculture, Food and Environment, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
  • Dr Andrew Impey, Terrestrial and Freshwater Science & Innovation Manager, Natural Environment Research Council
  • Dr James Pendlebury, Chief Executive, Forest Research

At 10.50 am

  • Rt Hon Jim Paice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Dr Miles Parker, Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Tim Rollinson, Director General and Deputy Chairman, Forestry Commission


When the Science and Technology Committee considered the responses to its call for evidence on the Spending Review 2010, one issue raised was the effect of the spending review on forest research. As part of its ongoing monitoring of the spending review the committee decided to take evidence on forest research.

Issues the committees will examine include how priorities in forest research are set and resources allocated, and possible threats to forest research in the UK.

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