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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 28 April 2021

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

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How should risk be communicated? Lords ask

On 28 April, the Select Committee on Risk Assessment and Risk Planning will hear from two panels of experts - the first will critically analyse how successfully risk and preparedness is communicated to the public. The second panel will explore what we can learn about the UK’s preparedness for risks following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meeting details

At 10.15am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Risk Assessment and Risk Planning
Professor of Behavioural Science and Security, Department of War Studies at Kings College London
Professor of Operational Research and Critical Systems at University of Manchester
Associate Professor, Science and Technology Studies Department and Director, UCL Warning Research Centre at University College London
Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk, Statistical Laboratory, at University of Cambridge
At 11.15am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Risk Assessment and Risk Planning
Director at Reform
Programme Director at Institute for Government
Emeritus Professor of Public Health at Chinese University of Hong Kong
At 12.15pm: Private discussion
Inquiry Risk Assessment and Risk Planning

Possible questions include:

  • What are the most significant issues with how risk is communicated by the Government, particularly by senior leaders?
  • What information and tools are required to help individuals assess risks to themselves and respond proportionally? How can we counter misinformation, particularly on social media?
  • Are risk registers and risk matrices, such as the National Risk Register and local equivalents, useful tools for communicating risk to the public or raising public awareness of threats and hazards? 
  • What lessons can we learn from COVID-19 about the role of the public and local communities in responding to health crises? 
  • How can the UK ensure that the eventual COVID-19 inquiry is effective and that the lessons learned are embedded? 
  • What are the main lessons to be learned from COVID-19, particularly with regards to the UK’s preparedness before the pandemic hit?

Further information


You can follow the Committee on Twitter @LordsRiskCom


Virtual meeting (webcast)