HC Deb 28 October 1987 vol 121 c298W
Mr. Key

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what representations he has received in the past year on the subject of professional liability; and if he will set up an independent inquiry with a view to legislating in this area.

Mr. Maude

Representations have been received from hon. Members and from bodies representing a number of professions including accountants, lawyers, surveyors, architects, patent agents, consulting engineers, town planners and consultants. The subject has also been debated in another place.

In the light of these representations, we have decided to commission a series of fact-finding studies into selected professions to establish the nature, scope, extent and implications of the liability problems they face. The studies will look at three groups of professions — auditors; architects — consulting engineers — construction surveyors; and other surveyors; and will be undertaken by independent study teams with standard terms of reference, copies of which have been placed in the Library. Membership of the study teams will be announced in due course.