§ Mr. Corfield
asked the Attorney-General when the Lord Chancellor proposes to consult the Council on Tribunals with regard to the making of rules of procedure governing the proceedings of public inquiries other than those concerned with planning appeals and compulsory purchase orders, and in particular of public inquiries conducted on behalf of the Ministry of Transport under the provisions of the Highways Act, 1959.
As I said in answer to the hon. and learned Member for Ipswich (Mr. D. Foot) on 5th April, my noble Friend the Lord Chancellor is, as a matter of urgency, studying with other Ministers concerned the Report relating to the procedure for public inquiries which he has recently received from the Council on Tribunals. He hopes shortly to make the rules of procedure on which he has already consulted the Council and, in the meantime, he is considering what rules will be required for other types of statutory inquiry, which cover a very wide field. My noble Friend will consult the Council on these further rules of procedure as soon as possible.