Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Press Notice

Session 2009-10

22 February 2010


Wednesday 17 March 2010 , 3.00-5.00 pm

Does Defra’s new Evidence Investment Strategy 2010-2013 and beyond* provide a robust basis for managing competing demands in tough economic times ?

Announcing  a one-off evidence session to address this issue, Committee Chairman, Rt Hon Michael Jack MP, said, “It is vital that Government uses the best evidence when formulating future policy so this session is to explore whether Defra’s new strategy makes the right judgements about where to place its efforts and resources.”

The Committee will hear short presentations from the following  panel:

3.00 pm Professor Robert Watson, Chief Scientific Adviser, Defra

Professor Alistair Hetherington, Member of the Defra Science Advisory Council

plus  other panel members tbc.

Stakeholders  are invited to submit questions in advance of the session which the Committee may select to raise with the panel during a discussion session that will follow  the presentations.

Members of the public and media representatives are welcome to attend this public session where, if time permits, there may be the opportunity during the discussion to put additional questions to the panel. 

To submit (brief) questions# and/or confirm your attendance please email the Committee with your name, title and organisation (if relevant), and contact details at: efracom@parliament.uk, or write to us at EFRA Committee, House of Commons, room 116, 7 Millbank, London SW1p 3JA .

The deadline for submitting questions is Friday 12 March 2010.

#Submission should be questions not statements and should be no longer than 100 words.

The Committee regrets that not all questions submitted can be guaranteed to be asked. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. No public use should be made of the submission unless you have first obtained permission from the Committee.


1. *Defra’s Evidence Investment Strategy 2010-2013 and beyond was published on

26 January 2010 and can be found at:


2. Further details about this inquiry can be found at:


3. The Committee will meet on this occasion in the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House. There can often be last minute changes of room and meetings may be held either in the Palace of Westminster or in Portcullis House. Those wishing to attend should check the venue by calling the committee on the day before the hearing on 020 7219 5774.

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