HC Deb 16 February 1970 vol 796 c1W
22. Sir J. Langford-Holt

asked the Attorney-General when the last inquiry open to the public was held into the operations of the Public Trustee.

The Attorney-General

The operations of the Public Trustee in connection with individual trusts could not be made the subject matter of inquiries open to the public because he is entitled, under the provisions of the Public Trustee Act, 1906, to the same rights as a private trustee acting in the same capacity. In 1919 and 1954 Committees of Inquiry were set up to consider the work and functions of the Public Trustee. Both Committees heard evidence. Neither sat in public.