§ 2.47 p.m.
§ [The Question was as follows:
§ To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are able to announce the composition of the Royal Commission on Common Land.]
THE JOINT PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD (EARL ST. ALDWYN)
My Lords, The Queen has been pleased to approve that the following persons should be appointed members of the Royal Commission to inquire into the law relating to common land in England and Wales:
- Sir William Ivor Jennings, K.B.E., Q.C., Litt.D. (Chairman);
- Mr. Charles Arnold-Baker;
- Mr. Trevor George Corry Evans, O.B.E., F.L.A.S.;
- Mr. Charles Murray Floyd, O.B.E., F.R.I.C.S., F.L.A.S.;
- Dr. William George Hoskins, Ph.D.;
- Mr. Alan Lubbock, F.S.A., J.P., D.L.;
- Mr. Ivor Raymond Morris, J.P.;
- Mrs. Florence Beatrice Paton, J.P.;
- Sir George Lionel Pepler, C.B., P.P.T.P.I., F.R.I.C.S.;
- Professor Robert Alun Roberts, Ph.D.;
- Sir Robert Donald Scott, and
- Professor Laurence Dudley Stamp, C.B.E., D.Sc., D.Lit.
§ EARL JOWITT
My Lords, may we take it that there will be ample opportunity for this Commission to make Interim Reports? The subject is such a vast one that I can well understand this inquiry lasting for years, and it would be very desirable for Reports relating to particular counties or commons to be made before the Final Report is issued.
EARL ST. ALDWYN
I am sure that the Chairman of this Commission is fully aware of the magnitude of the task which he has to undertake and I am fairly convinced that he will be making Reports at intervals; but I cannot, of course, commit him to that at the moment.