Terms of Reference
To advise and assist the Forestry Commission by:
1. Helping to compile information on the supply and demand of timber and forest products in Great Britain and, where appropriate, for England Scotland, Wales or the United Kingdom
2. Assessing the need for information on any aspect of the timber and forest product trade, or trade resources such as labour and machinery
3. Commenting on relevant surveys and data released by other sources
4. Interpreting information and structural factors affecting market development
5. Considering international trade statistics and the impact of the imported timber trade
6. Monitoring development and progress of research associated with these tasks, particularly the development of modelling tools and surveys
The Forestry Commission chairs the group and provides the secretariat.Members are drawn from names suggested by industry organisations and Forestry Commission Directors on the basis of their expertise in particular sub-sectors relevant to the work programme. Ultimate responsibility for appointment rests with the Forestry Commission on behalf of forestry ministers. At the discretion of the Forestry Commission membership is normally for three years (renewable) but experts may also be invited on an ad hoc basis for particular work. The group may set up and oversee time bound working groups as and when required.
Conflicts of Interest
Members are required to declare relevant outside interest prior to taking up an appointment and when an additional potential conflict of interest arises in relation to particular business.
Code of Practice for Official Statistics
Members are required to comply with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. In particular, access to Official Statistics in advance of publication will be provided solely for quality assurance purposes and the statistics must not be shared or discussed with others without prior approval of the Forestry Commission’s Lead Statistician.The main elements of Quality Assurance are to:
- ‘Sense check’ the estimates
- Ensure assumptions and limitations inherent in the estimates are clearly stated or referenced
- Ensure important contextual information is stated or referenced.
It is an inevitable consequence of compliance with the Code of Practice that members undertaking Quality Assurance are acting in their subject expertise role and not as representatives of their employers.
A list of current members is available from the Expert Group Members page.