HC Deb 11 March 1987 vol 112 cc195-6W
Mr. Tim Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will refer the three opinions of counsel given to the inspectors appointed by the Department of Trade to inquire into the affairs of Lonrho plc to the Attorney-General for further consideration.

Mr. Howard

Opinions of counsel were sought by, and given to, the Director of Public Prosecutions in 1976 and not to the inspectors who conducted the Companies Act inquiries into Lonrho plc. Whether advice given in relation to these inquiries should now receive further consideration is a matter for my right hon. and learned Friend the Attorney-General.