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Royal Commissions (Reports)

Volume 531: debated on Thursday 29 July 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, when recommending the appointment of future Royal Commissions, he will at the same time recommend that dates be given for the submission of their reports.

In their terms of reference Royal Commissions are generally requested to report with as little delay as possible but the time which it may take a Royal Commission to conduct its inquiry cannot be accurately forecast. It is the practice to draw the attention of a Royal Commission to any special urgency about the whole or any part of its inquiry and its terms of reference make it clear that it is open to a Royal Commission to reports its proceedings from time to time if it judges it expedient so to do.