§ Mr. Bishop
asked the Attorney-General what further reports are awaited from the Law Commission; and how soon a further report on Family Law Provision, anticipated in Law Commission Report No. 25, may be expected.
My noble Friend has recently received reports on the following subjects: Civil Liability for Dangerous Things and Activities; Nullity of Marriage; the Recognition of Foreign Divorces and Legal Separations; the Limitation Act, 1963; and the Commission's Fifth Annual Report. These will be published as soon as possible. He expects to receive before the end of this year reports on a draft Statute Law (Repeals) Bill; Civil Liability of Vendors and Lessors for Defective Premises; and on Polygamous Marriages. It is not yet possible to forecast when a report on Family Property will be ready, but the Commission expects to issue a consultative document on this subject next summer.
§ Mr. Bishop
asked the Attorney-General what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government regarding the future of the Law Commission; and if he will make a statement.
The Law Commission was established under the Law Commissions Act, 1965, as a permanent body. It has already produced many valuable proposals for the reform of the law, some of which have found their way on to the Statute Book. It is the Government's intention to make full use of212W the Law Commission, so that the law may be systematically developed and reformed, codified where that is thought useful, and simplified where that is possible.