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Knowledge, Policy, and ExpertiseThe UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution 1970–2011$

Susan Owens

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294658

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198294658.001.0001

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(p.179) Appendix 3 Interviewees (and Other Respondents) by Category

(p.179) Appendix 3 Interviewees (and Other Respondents) by Category

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Knowledge, Policy, and Expertise
Author(s):

Susan Owens

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Oxford University Press

Note

Interviewees in each category occupied the positions shown at various times—so, for example, they included both former and serving members of the Commission, the civil service, and so on. A number of individuals migrated between categories during the period covered by the study and several occupied more than one position at the same time. For the purposes of enumeration, all interviewees have been allocated to a single category (representing the main capacity in which they were interviewed). The breakdown below should therefore be seen as indicative rather than definitive.

As noted in Chapter 1, the majority of the formal interviews took place in the period 1995–7; a small number took place in the later 1990s and 2000s.

Category

Interviewees

The Royal Commission

Chairs

5

Members

37

Secretaries

4

Other members of the Secretariat

5

Special Advisors

2

Sub-total

53

Government, Civil Service, etc.

Ministers with environmental responsibilities

2

Civil servants, environment department

Under Secretary

1

Deputy Secretaries

3

Chief Scientists

2

Other civil servants (environment)

10

Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health

1

Civil servants, Department of Trade and Industry

1

Sub-total

20

European Commission

Directors General, DG XI (Environment)

1

Other officials, DG XI (Environment)

5

Sub-total

6

Others

Academics

3

Chairs of Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee

1

Confederation of British Industry officials

1

Journalists

1

Local government officials

1

NGO officials

Environmental

4

Other

1

Regulatory agency officials

3

Sub-total

15

Total number of interviewees

94

Total number of interviews (including nine second interviews)

103

(p.180) Other Sources

Three respondents—a former Commission member and former Ministers with environmental and financial responsibilities, respectively—chose to put their views in writing instead of being interviewed (these are not included in the table above). A number of interviewees sent supplementary material such as papers, lectures, or correspondence, and six wrote quite extensively about their recollections, as well as being interviewed. The study was further informed by later, semi-formal discussions and exchanges of correspondence, some with previous interviewees (including two Chairs and a Secretary of the Commission, and two Chief Scientists from the environment department), and some with individuals not previously interviewed who had connections to, or an interest in, the Commission; the latter included a Chair, Secretary, and member from the 2000s; an academic observer; and a senior civil servant from the environment department. As with the interviewees, some of these individuals fitted more than one category, but all have been counted only once. Informal meetings and conversations, over the whole period of the study, also contributed to an understanding of the Commission and its work and influence.