HC Deb 27 March 2001 vol 365 c585W
Mrs. Golding

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the inspectors investigating the affairs of Mirror Group Newspapers plc completed their report; and when it will be published. [156082]

Dr. Howells

The inspectors have now completed their report. In view of the fact that while in opposition the Secretary of State questioned whether Kevin and Ian Maxwell should receive legal aid, he has been advised by officials, who consulted independent counsel, that he should stand aside from decisions flowing from the submission of the report. The Secretary of State has accepted this advice, has not seen a copy of the report and has delegated decisions on the report to me.

I have considered this matter carefully and decided that publication would be in the public interest.

I therefore intend to publish the report before the end of March 2001.