Are England and Wales falling behind Scotland and Northern Ireland in the delivery of forensic science? Lords to hear evidence

16 November 2018


On Tuesday 20th November the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee will question witnesses from the Forensic Service Northern Ireland, the Forensic Science Leadership Board of Northern Ireland and the Scottish Police Authority Forensic Services to assess whether the use of forensic science in Scotland and Northern Ireland is more effective in its contribution to the delivery of justice than in England and Wales.

Forensic science is arranged differently in Scotland and Northern Ireland compared to England and Wales. The Committee will hear how the system works in these nations and its benefits and limitations. The witnesses will also be asked for their views on the sustainability of the market for forensic services in England and Wales.

The Session will begin at 3:25pm in Committee Room 4A of the House of Lords. Giving evidence will be:

  • Tom Nelson, Director of Forensic Services, Scottish Police Authority
  • Stan Brown CBE, Chief Executive, Forensic Science Northern Ireland
  • Anthony Harbinson, Forensic Services Leadership Board of Northern Ireland

Questions the Committee are likely to ask include:

  • Where are the gaps in research and understanding of forensic science from your experiences within forensic service provision?
  • What are the challenges to collaborating with researchers from the university sector?
  • Are there current or anticipated skills gaps in forensic science?

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