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Committee examine automation and future of work

5 March 2019

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee hears from industry and the tech sector as part of its inquiry into automation and the future of work, looking at its likely impact on UK businesses and the potential it has for productivity, growth and reindustrialisation.

The BEIS Committee will question witnesses include representatives from businesses such as Siemens and organisations including the Royal Academy of Engineering and InnoTecUK.

Purpose of the session

The hearing is likely to examine questions including whether the Government is setting the right policies to support the development of new automation technologies as a UK industry, the opportunities for reindustrialisation in the UK offered by automation, the skills needed for automation to succeed, and what businesses need to do to prepare for automation.

As part of the inquiry, the Committee will also be considering the impact of automation on workers, and the potential benefits and choices for consumers.


Tuesday 5 March 2019, Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

At 10am

  • Tom Bouchier, Managing Director, Fanuc UK
  • Brian Holliday, Managing Director, Siemens Digital Factory
  • Ian Funnell, Managing Director, ABB UK

At 10.45am

  • Jeremy Hadall, Chief Engineer - Intelligent Automation, Manufacturing Technology Centre
  • Nico Avdelidis, Chief Operations Officer, InnoTecUK,
  • Dr Hayaatun Sillem, Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Engineering

Ahead of Tuesday's evidence hearing, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has published the written evidence submissions for the automation and future of work inquiry. The BEIS Committee has received submissions from a range of organisations and businesses including Siemens plc, Ocado, EEF, techUK, Trades Union Congress and others.  

Further information

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