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Fishing Vessel "Red Crusader" (Commission Of Inquiry)

Volume 649: debated on Thursday 16 November 1961

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will state the reason for delay in appointing a tribunal to investigate and report on the "Red Crusader" incident in the North Sea; whether the tribunal has yet been appointed; if he will give the names of its personnel and its terms of reference; where and when it will sit; whether its sittings will be public; and when it is expected to report.

Notes were exchanged yesterday between the Danish Embassy and the Foreign Office formally establishing the Commission, laying down its terms of reference and appointing its members. It has taken time to find suitably qualified persons who are willing to serve on the Commission but we hope that it will be able to hold its first meeting in the near future. The text of the Exchange of Notes will be laid as a White Paper. Meanwhile I have arranged for copies to be placed in the Library.