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Committees Of Inquiry

Volume 77: debated on Thursday 18 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many departmental committees of inquiry he and his predecessors have commissioned since 1955; what were the subjects the committees investigated and the dates they were established; who chaired them; and on which dates they reported.

The information requested is set out in the table and relates to committees which have been established and have reported since 1955. It does not include either departmental working parties chaired by permanent officials or inquiries undertaken by one individual.



Date Appointed

Date Reported

Departmental Committee on a Levy on Betting on Horse RacesMr. E. Peppiatt9 November 1959HMSO, 1960 (Cmnd. 1003)
Departmental Committee on Powers of Subpoena of Disciplinary TribunalsViscount Simonds5 January 1960HMSO, 1960 (Cmnd. 1033)
Inter-departmental Committee on Magistrates Courts in LondonJudge Aarvold28 July 1960HMSO, 1962 (Cmnd. 1606)
Departmental Committee on the Law on Sunday ObservanceThe Rt. Hon. Lord Crathorne11 July 1961HMSO, 1964 (Cmnd. 2528)
Departmental Committee of Inquiry into Recruitment for the Veterinary ProfessionDuke of Northumberland29 October 1962HMSO, 1964 (Cmnd. 2430)
Committee on Death Certification and CoronersMr. N. J. L. Brodrick, QC17 March 1963HMSO, 1971 (Cmnd. 4810)
Inquiry held by the Visiting Committee into Allegations of Ill-treatment of Prisoners at HMP DurhamMr. T. R. Percy29 March 1963HMSO, 1963 (Cmnd. 2068)
Departmental Committee on Jury ServiceThe Rt. Hon. Lord Morris of Borth-y-Gest23 May 1963HMSO, 1965 (Cmnd. 2627)
Departmental Committee on Experiments on AnimalsSir Sydney Littlewood24 May 1963HMSO, 1965 (Cmnd. 2641)
Departmental Committee on Criminal StatisticsMr. W. Perks17 June 1963HMSO, 1967 (Cmnd. 3448
Departmental Committee on Licensing PlanningMr. J. Ramsay Willis15 April 1964HMSO, 1965 (Cmnd. 2709)
Departmental Committee on Legal Aid in Criminal ProceedingsJustice Widgery25 April 1964HMSO, 1965 (Cmnd. 2934)
Committee on Statutory Maintenance LimitsMiss Jean Graham Hall29 June 1966HMSO, 1968 (Cmnd. 3587)
Departmental Committee on the Fire ServiceSir Ronald Holroyd2 February 1967HMSO, 1970 (Cmnd. 4371)
Departmental Committee on the London Taxicab TradeThe Hon. Maxwell Stamp28 October 1967HMSO, 1970 (Cmnd. 4483
Departmental Committee on the Adoption of ChildrenJudge F. A. Stockdale Sir William Houghton21 July 1969HMSO, 1972 (Cmnd. 5107)
Enquiry into medical and toxicological aspects of CSSir Harold Harmswoth30 August 1969HMSO, Part I 1969 (Cmnd. 4173)
Committee on PrivacyThe Rt. Hon. Kenneth Younger13 May 1970HMSO, 1972 (Cmnd. 5012)
Departmental Committee on Liquor LicensingThe Rt. Hon. Lord Erroll of Hale8 December 1970HMSO, 1972 (Cmnd. 5154)
Inquiry into the work of the Fire ServiceSir Charles Cunningham8 March 1971HMSO, 1971 (Cmnd. 4807)
Departmental Committee on section 2 of the Official Secrets Act 1911Lord Franks20 April 1971HMSO, 1972 (Cmnd. 5104)
Enquiry into allegations against the Security Forces of physical brutality in Northern Ireland, arising out of events on 9 August 1971Sir Edward Compton31 August 1971HMSO, 1971 (Cmnd. 4823)
Committee on Mentally abnormal offendersThe Rt. Hon. Lord Butler21 September 1972HMSO, 1975 (Cmnd. 6244)
Committee on Broadcasting CoverageSir Stewart CrawfordMay 1973HMSO, 1974 (Cmnd. 5774)
Committee on the Future of BroadcastingLord Annan10 April 1974HMSO, 1977 (Cmnd. 6753; Cmnd. 6753-1)
Committee on Data ProtectionSir Norman Lindop24 June 1976HMSO, 1978 (Cmnd. 7341)
Committee on Obscenity and Film CensorshipMr. Bernard Williams13 July 1977HMSO, 1979 (Cmnd. 7772)
Committee of Inquiry on the PoliceLord Edmund-DaviesAugust 1977 set up as a Review Body December 1977 Renamed Committee of InquiryHMSO, 1979 (Cmnd. 7283) (1) Negotiating Machinery and Pay HMSO, 1979 (Cmnd. 7633) (2) Structure and Role of the police Staff Associations
Committee of Inquiry into the United Kingdom Prison servicesSir John Douglas May17 November 1978HMSO, 1979 (Cmnd. 7673)
Inquiry into Cable Expansion and Broadcasting PolicyLord Hunt of Tamworth6 April 1982HMSO, 1982 (Cmnd. 8679)
Inquiry into Proposals to Amend the Shops ActsRobin Auld, QC11 August 1983HMSO, 1984 (Cmnd. 9376)