IET political engagement in 2010

3 February 2011
IET Communications team
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2010 was a year of record success for the IET’s Policy team and 14 expert Policy Panels, as detailed in the recently published report “2010 Political Engagement”.

This success was realised through a powerful programme of contact involving Policy Panel members and dedicated volunteers based throughout the constituent countries of the UK.  

The IET Policy team works directly with a number of government departments, especially those for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Education (DfE), Transport (DfT) and Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

During 2010 the IET formally responded to 28 government-led consultations.

Collaboration was also a focus, with the IET working alongside a number of organisations and regulators including the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) and the Office of Communications (Ofcom) to produce evidence-based and unbiased technical advice to government.

Amongst the strengths of the IET’s Policy team is its interaction with politicians.

In 2010 a number of successful events and meetings were held in both Houses of Parliament, Holyrood and Stormont; all of which took the engineering and technology message to legislators.

The IET’s Policy team has a strong foundation to build on in 2011.

If you would like to learn more about the IET’s policy activities or engage with the Policy team, please email policy@theiet.org.