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Arctic Committee - timeline

Follow the Arctic Committee's timeline here. Links to individual oral evidence sessions and transcripts are below. The Committee published their report on 27 February 2015. The Government published its response on 16 July 2015. The report was debated on 3 November 2015.

The Arctic Committee was appointed on 12 June 2014. A call for evidence was published on 22 July 2014. The deadline for written submissions was 29 September 2014.

Tuesday 1 July 2014 at 9.30am

The Committee held a private Launch Seminar at the Geological Society.

Wednesday 9 July 2014

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At 10.40am

  • Jane Rumble, Head of Polar Regions Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
  • Henry Burgess, Deputy Head of Polar Regions Department, FCO
  • Martin Molloy, Senior Executive Officer, United Nations, OSCE and Arctic Policy, Ministry of Defence (MoD)
  • Debbie Brothers, Deputy Head of Bilateral Relations, NATO and Europe Policy, MoD

Tuesday 15 July 2014

Listen to the Tuesday 15 July evidence session
Read the Tuesday 15 July evidence session transcript (Panel 1)
Read the Tuesday 15 July evidence session transcript (Panel 2)

At 10.40am

  • Dr Sheldon Bacon, National Oceanography Centre
  • Dr Ed Hawkins, University of Reading
  • Prof Chris Rapley, University College London

At 11.40am

  • Prof Danny Feltham, University of Reading
  • Prof Andy Shepherd, University of Leeds
  • Prof Peter Wadhams, University of Cambridge

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Watch the Tuesday 22 July evidence session
Read the Tuesday 22 July evidence sessions transcript (Panel 1) 
Read the Tuesday 22 July evidence session transcript (Panel 2)

At 10.40am

  • Dr Jeffrey Mazo, International Institute for Strategic Studies
  • Christian Le Mière, International Institute for Strategic Studies

At 11.40am

  • Prof Robin Churchill, University of Dundee
  • Prof Maurice Mendelson QC, Blackstone Chambers
  • Prof Philip Steinberg, Centre for Borders Research, University of Durham

Tuesday 29 July 2014

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At 10.40am

  • Kiran Khosla, International Chamber of Shipping
  • Colin Manson, Manson Oceanographic Consultancy
  • Dr Martin Stopford, Clarksons Research Services

Monday 15 September

Read the Monday 15 September evidence session transcript (panel 1)Read the Monday 15 September evidence session transcript (panel 2)

At 9:20am

  • Dr Jan-Gunnar Winther, Director, Norwegian Polar Institute
  • Dr Nalân Koç, Research Director, Norwegian Polar Institute

At 1:50pm

  • Rúni M Hansen, Vice-President, Arctic Unit, Statoil
  • Erik Haaland, Leader, Arctic Non-Technical Risk, Statoil

Tuesday 16 September

Read the Tuesday 16 September evidence session transcript

At 9:10am

  • Runar Myrnes Balto, Political Adviser to Ms Aili Keskitalo, President of the Sámi Parliament
  • Jon Petter Gintal, Senior Adviser, Department of Rights and International Affairs, the Sámi Parliament

Tuesday 7 October 2014

Watch the Tuesday 7 October evidence session
Read the Tuesday 7 October evidence session transcript (Panel 1)
Read the Tuesday 7 October evidence session transcript (Panel 2)
Read the Tuesday 7 October evidence session transcript (Panel 3)

At 10.40am

  • Lord Fairfax of Cameron, Sovcomflot Overseas Holding Ltd
  • Rob Hindley, Lloyd's Register
  • Tom Paterson, Fednav

At 11.40am

  • Prof Mike Bradshaw, Warwick Business School
  • Dr Richard Powell, University of Oxford
  • Prof Frances Wall, University of Exeter

At 2.00pm

  • Prof Geoffrey Boulton OBE FRS FRSE, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Andrew Foxall, Director of the Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society
  • Tim Reilly, Arctic Advisory Group

Tuesday 14 October 2014

Watch the Tuesday 14 October evidence session
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At 11.15am

  • Ben Ayliffe, Head of Campaigns for the Greenpeace Arctic Programme, Greenpeace UK
  • Charlie Kronick, Senior Climate Advisor, Greenpeace UK
  • Nathalie Rey, Deputy Unit Head of the Political and Business Unit of Greenpeace International, Greenpeace UK

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Watch the Tuesday 21 October evidence session
Read the Tuesday 21 October evidence session transcript (Panel 1)
Read the Tuesday 21 October evidence session transcript (Panel 2)

At 10.40am

  • Dr John Campbell, Technical Director, OGP
  • Dr Michael Engell-Jensen, Executive Director, OGP

At 11.40am

  • Claude Perras, Head of Sustainability, London Mining Plc
  • Richard Morgan, Head of Government Relations, Anglo American

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Watch the Tuesday 28 October evidence session
Read the Tuesday 28 October evidence session transcript (Panel 1)
Read the Tuesday 28 October evidence session transcript (Panel 2)

At 11.00am

  • Rod Johnson, former Chief Coastguard
  • RAdm Tom Karsten RN, UK National Hydrographer
  • Dr Richard Wood, Head of Oceans Cryosphere and Dangerous Climate Change, Met Office

At 12 noon

  • Vincent Rigby, Chairman, Senior Arctic Officials

Tuesday 4 November 2014

Listen to the Tuesday 4 November evidence session
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At 10.40am

  • Dr Martin Sommerkorn, Head of Conservation for WWF’s Global Arctic Programme, WWF
  • Rod Downie, Polar Programme Manager, WWF UK

At 11.40am

  • Matthew King, Head of Unit, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

Tuesday 11 November 2014

Watch the Tuesday 11 November evidence session
Read the Tuesday 11 November evidence session transcript (Panel 1)
Read the Tuesday 11 November evidence session transcript (Panel 2)

At 10.40am

  • Prof Julian Dowdeswell, Director, Scott Polar Research Institute
  • Prof Jane Francis, Director, British Antarctic Survey
  • Dr Ray Leakey, Principal Investigator and Arctic Research Theme Leader, Scottish Association for Marine Science

At 11.40am

  • HE Ms Else Berit Eikeland, Polar Ambassador of Norway and Senior Arctic Official to the Arctic Council
  • HE Mr Thórdur Aegir Óskarsson, Ambassador of Iceland to the United Kingdom

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Watch the Tuesday 18 November evidence session (Panel 1)
Read the Tuesday 18 November evidence session transcript (Panel 1)
Watch the Tuesday 18 November evidence session (Panel 2)
Read the Tuesday 18 November evidence session transcript (Panel 2)

At 11.40am

  • HE Mr Claus Grube, Ambassador of Denmark to the United Kingdom

At 2pm via videoconference

  • Terry Audla, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK)

Tuesday 25 November 2014

Watch the Tuesday 25 November evidence session
Read the Tuesday 25 November evidence session transcript (Panel 1)
Read the Tuesday 25 November evidence session transcript (Panel 2)

At 10.40am

  • HE Mr Keiichi Hayashi, Ambassador of Japan to the United Kingdom
  • HE Ms Foo Chi Hsia, High Commissioner for Singapore to the United Kingdom

At 11.40am

  • HE Ms Nicola Clase, Ambassador of Sweden to the United Kingdom
  • HE Mr Pekka Huhtaniemi, Ambassador of Finland to the United Kingdom
  • Mr Alan Kessel, Deputy High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom

Tuesday 16 December 2014

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At approximately 10.45am

  • Julian Brazier MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, MOD
  • Nick Gurr, Director of International Security Policy, MoD
  • Jane Rumble, Head of the Polar Regions Unit, FCO
  • Henry Burgess, Deputy Head of Polar Regions Department, FCO

Friday 9 January 2015

The Committee held a debate with students from five schools.

Tuesday 27 January 2015

The Committee met in private.

Wednesday 4 February 2015

The Committee met in private.

Wednesday 11 February 2015

The Committee met in private.

The report of the Arctic Committee was published on 27 February 2015. The Government published its response on 16 July 2015. The report was debated on 3 November 2015.

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