HL Deb 02 May 2001 vol 625 c89WA
Baroness Williams of Crosby

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What will be the precise remit of the Laming inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbié and whether it will be held in public. [HL1858]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath)

Further announcements about the statutory inquiry into the circumstances leading to and surrounding the death of Victoria Climbi00E9;, including the terms of reference, were made on 20 April 2001. The inquiry has been established by the Secretary of State for Health under powers in s.81 of the Children Act 1989 and s.84 of the NHS Act 1977, and the Secretary of State for the Home Department under s.49 of the Police Act 1996. Lord Laming has been appointed to conduct the inquiry. It will be fully independent and heard in public in London. The terms of reference have been placed in the Library.