HC Deb 04 April 1963 vol 675 cc60-1W
56. Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu

asked the Attorney-General whether he will seek to amend the Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act, 1921, so as to provide that persons appearing before tribunals shall not be required to disclose their sources of information.

The Attorney-General

By the provisions of the Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act, 1921, a witness is under the same duty of answering lawful questions as if he were a witness in the ordinary courts. I do not intend to seek either to alter the general rules of evidence, or to provide special exception under the Act, in relation to the duty to tell the whole truth about sources of information on those occasions when this is relevant and necessary.

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