HC Deb 23 April 1998 vol 310 cc688-9W
Mr. Allan

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list all departmental committees of inquiry which have been established since May 1995, indicating the date of establishment and name of the chairman; and if he will separately identify those departmental inquiries which have been set up by Ministers which have sought expert or lay opinion and which have been chaired by an individual outside Government. [35749]

Dr. David Clark

"Departmental Committee of Inquiry" is a term usually applied only to inquiries which have been set up by Ministers, which have sought expert or lay opinion, and which have normally been chaired by an individual outside Government. The following list details those inquiries established in this way since May 1995.

The list excludes advisory committees established to provide on-going advice (such as those advisory Non-Departmental Public Bodies listed in "Public Bodies 1997"), task forces and reviews set up since May 1997 to provide policy advice and recommendations (as listed in the Written Answer to a Question from Lord Chesham provided by my noble Friend Lord McIntosh of Haringey in the other place on 12 February 1998, Official Report, House of Lords, columns 231–44 and inquiries set up routinely in pursuance of responsibilities under a statutory requirement, for example public inquiries held under planning legislation.

Departmental committees of inquiry
Department Committee Date established Chairman
DH Committee, of Inquiry into the Personality Disorder Unit, Ashworth Special Hospital, Merseyside February 1997 His Honour Peter Fallon QO
DH Review of Prescribing, Supply and Administration of Medicines March 1997 Dr. June crown
DH Review of Cervical screening services in Kent and Canterbury Hospitals NHS Trust June 1997 Sir William Wells
HO Inquiry into Legislation Against Terrorism December 1995 Lord Lloyd of Berwick
HO Assessment and Implication of Centrifuge Contamination in the Trace Explosive Section of the Forensic Explosives Laboratory at Fort Halstead May 1996 Professor Brian Caddy
HO Scrutiny of evidence relating to the Hillsborough disaster June 1997 Lord Justice Stuart-Smith
HO Inquiry under the police Act 1996 into matters arising form the death of Stephen Lawrence August 1997 Sir William Macpherson of Cluny
HO Review of Financial Regulation in the Crown Dependencies January 1998 Mr. Andrew Edwards
LCD Review of the law relating to profits of crime March 1997 Professor Gareth Jones
NIO The International Body November 1995 Senator George Mitchell
NIO Review of Northern Ireland Police Complaints System November 1995 Dr. Maurice Hayes
NIO Independent Review of parades and Marches for Nothern Ireland July 1996 Dr. Peter North
NIO The Steele Inquiry into incidents at HM prison Maze March 1997 Mr. John Steele1
NIO Victims of Violence October 1997 sir Kenneth Bloomfield
NIO The Narey Inquiry into incidents at HM Prison Maze December 1997 Mr. Martin Narey1
NICS Staff Deployment in the Northern Ireland Civil Service March 1997 Dr. Maurice Hayes
SO Inquiry into the Appointment Practices of Monklands District Council July 1995 Mr. W. A. Nimmo Smith QC
SO Inquiry into the Appointment of Chief Officers in North Lanarkshire Council December 1995 Mr. D. I. K. MacLeod WS
SO Severe Weather Working Party January 1996 Mr. Stephen Hampson1
SO The Pennington Group—report on the circumstances leading to the 1996 outbreak of infection with E. coli 0157 in Central Sctoland, the implications for food safety and the lessons to be learned November 1996 Professor Hugh Pennington
SO Review of an Eye Transplantation/CJD Incident in 1997 November 1997 Sir William Stewart FRS
SO Inquiry Term Feedstock Supply Group January 1998 Mr. Martyn Baker1 and Mr. David Saunders1
Tribunals of Inquiry under the Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act 1921
NIO Tribunal into the Events of 30 January 1972 (the Bloody Sunday Inquiry) January 1998 Lord Saville of Newdigate
SO Inquiry into the Dunblane Shootings March 1996 Lord Cullen
WO Inquiry into the Abuse of Children in Care in North Wales June 1996 Sir. Ronald Waterhouse
Royal Commissions
DH Royal Commission on Long-Term Care December 1997 Professor Sir Stewart Sutherland
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