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MPs to examine regulating AI in new inquiry

20 October 2022

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee launches an inquiry into the governance of artificial intelligence (AI).

In July, the UK Government set out its emerging thinking on how it would regulate the use of AI. It is expected to publish proposals in a White Paper later this year, which the Committee would examine in its inquiry.

Used to spot patterns in large datasets, make predictions, and automate processes, AI’s role in the UK economy and society is growing. However, there are concerns around its use. MPs will examine the potential impacts of biased algorithms in the public and private sectors. A lack of transparency on how AI is applied and how automated decisions can be challenged will also be investigated.

In the inquiry, MPs will explore how risks posed to the public by the improper use of AI should be addressed, and how the Government can ensure AI is used in an ethical and responsible way. The Committee seeks evidence on the current governance of AI, whether the Government’s proposed approach is the right one, and how their plans compare with other countries.

Terms of reference

The Committee is inviting written submissions by Friday 25 November, addressing any or all the following points:

  • How effective is current governance of AI in the UK?
    • What are the current strengths and weaknesses of current arrangements, including for research?
  • What measures could make the use of AI more transparent and explainable to the public?
  • How should decisions involving AI be reviewed and scrutinised in both public and private sectors?
    • Are current options for challenging the use of AI adequate and, if not, how can they be improved?
  • How should the use of AI be regulated, and which body or bodies should provide regulatory oversight?
  • To what extent is the legal framework for the use of AI, especially in making decisions, fit for purpose?
    • Is more legislation or better guidance required?
  • What lessons, if any, can the UK learn from other countries on AI governance? 

Chair's comments

Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Chair of Science and Technology Committee, said:

“AI is already transforming almost every area of research and business. It has extraordinary potential but there are concerns about how the existing regulatory system is suited to a world of AI.

With machines making more and more decisions that impact people’s lives, it is crucial we have effective regulation in place. In our inquiry we look forward to examining the Government’s proposals in detail.”

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