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Committees Of Inquiry

Volume 930: debated on Wednesday 20 April 1977

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he will list in the Official Report the names of Royal Commissions and official committees of inquiry currently sitting and the current cost of each to public funds.

The names and estimates of the cost in 1976–77 and 1977–78 of the Royal Commissions now sitting are, with one exception which is not a charge to public funds, contained in the Supply Estimates. The hon. Gentleman may find it convenient to refer to page iv —71 and pages xiii—28 and —29. Departmental committees of inquiry are a matter for the Minister concerned. My Department sponsors the Committee on Political Activity of Civil Servants; the cost of this in 1976–77 was £11,000 and the provision for 1977–78 is £9,000.