HC Deb 18 December 1986 vol 107 cc603-4W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his statement of Friday 12 December, Official Report, columns 699–702, when he expects to be in a position to announce a starting date for the inquiry.

Mr. Michael Spicer

Arrangements for the public formal investigation are being made. The starting date will depend on a number of factors such as the selection and appointment by the Lord Chancellor of a senior member of the Admiralty Bar as Wreck Commissioner, the time required for the detailed case to be prepared and the need for the parties to have time to prepare their cases.