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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Risk Assessment and Risk Planning

Risk Assessment and Risk Planning Committee
Risk Assessment and Risk Planning

Wednesday 17 March 2021

Start times: 10.15am (private) 10.15am (public)

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Cyber threats, solar storms and emerging technologies – how prepared is the UK?

On 17 March, the Select Committee on Risk Assessment and Risk Planning will hear from two panels of witnesses on the UK’s resilience. Topics the Committee will explore include how regulations are kept up to date as new technologies are developed and deployed, the resilience of the UK’s national grid, the challenges in building resilience in areas such as cyber security and the importance of cross-sector collaboration on resilience.  

Meeting details

At 10.15am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Risk Assessment and Risk Planning
Director, Enforcement and Emerging Issues at Ofgem
Group Director for Networks and Communications at Ofcom
Former CEO at Cadent (formerly National Grid Gas Distribution)
At 11.15am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Risk Assessment and Risk Planning
Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks at University of Oxford
Resident fellow at American Enterprise Institute
Director of the Cyber Security Centre within Warwick Manufacturing Group at University of Warwick

Possible questions include:

  • What mechanisms are used to ensure resilience and security against cyber threats? How do cyber risks compare with other risks in terms of their profile, likelihood and severity, and how are they addressed?
  • How can the competing requirements of keeping prices of gas and electricity to the consumer down but infrastructure spending and resilience up, be balanced?
  • How are providers required to communicate with both the regulators and customers in the event of a near miss or an emergency?
  • What progress has been made since the UKRN Cross-sector Resilience project which took place in 2015-16?
  • Is resilience a useful concept to use in discussing disaster preparedness and recovery? What else, alongside resilience, should we strive for to ensure the UK is prepared to deal with future emergencies?
  • What individual or economic behaviours would strengthen national resilience against risks? How could Government or society incentiviseresilient behaviours?
  • How well is academic and industry expertise used in the creation of UK policy on risk and resilience?

Further information


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