HC Deb 23 July 1985 vol 83 c518W
Mr. George

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many departmental committees of inquiry he and his predecessors, including Commonwealth Secretaries, Colonial Secretaries and Ministers of Overseas Development have commissioned since 1955; and what are the subjects, the date of commissioning, the name of the chairman, the dates they commenced and the dates of publication.

Mr. Renton

I refer the hon. Member to appendices B and C of "Royal Commissions and Departmental Committees in Britain — a Case-Study in Institutional Adaptiveness and Public Participation in Government" by T. J. Cartwright, a copy of which is held by the House Library. These appendices list major post-war Royal Commissions and Departmental committees between 1945 and 1974, the reports of which were published as command papers. I regret that a separate listing for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to include any such committees the reports of which were not published as command papers and to extend the list beyond 1974, could be compiled only at disproportionate cost.

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