Chief Scientist gives evidence on GM

13 November 2014

This is the fourth session of the Committee’s inquiry into genetically modified (GM) foods and the way in which these are regulated at European level under the precautionary principle.

The first part of the session comprises witnesses from the academic science policy community and will focus on social and political considerations in the regulation of emerging technologies. Particular attention will be given to the precautionary principle and the way in which it might be applied in order to guide regulation under conditions of uncertainty.

In the second part of the session, the Committee will discuss with the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Sir Mark Walport, the Government’s current policy regarding genetically modified foods.


The Committee meeting will take place on Wednesday 19 November 2014 at 9.15am in the Committee Room 15, House of Commons.

At 9.15 am

  • Professor Paul Nightingale, Deputy Director, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
  • Professor Andy Stirling, Co-director, STEPS Centre, University of Sussex
  • Professor Joyce Tait, Director, Innogen Institute, University of Edinburgh
  • Sir Roland Jackson, Member, Nuffield Council on Bioethics

At 10.45 am

  • Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government and Head of the Government Office for Science

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