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Departmental Committees Of Inquiry

Volume 78: debated on Wednesday 1 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many departmental committees of inquiry he and his predecessors have established since 1955; and what were the subjects the committee investigated, the dates they were established, who chaired them and the dates they reported.

It would not be possible without disproportionate cost to produce a definitive list of all the committees which beyond argument should be described as departmental committees of inquiry. The following lists are drawn from central records and show, first, committees of inquiry set up by myself and my predecessors acting alone and, second, those set up in conjunction with the Lord Advocate. Committees established jointly with other Secretaries of State are not shown.

Subject

Date established

Chairman

Date reported

Consideration given and Steps taken towards securing the welfare of Richard Clark by Perth Town Council and other Bodies or Persons concerned16 August 1974C. E. Jauncey, QC1975
Assessment in the Third and Fourth Years of Secondary Education in ScotlandNovember 1974J. Dunning1973
A Heritage for ScotlandFebruary 1979Dr. Alwyn Williams, DSc, FRS, FRSE1981
Local Government in ScotlandDecember 1979Rt. Hon. A. StodartJanuary 1981
Arrangement for the Administration of SheriffdomsMay 1981The Hon. Lord Grieve, VRDJune 1982
Functions and Powers of the Islands Councils of ScotlandSpring 1982Sir David Montgomery, BtApril 1984
Bonnybridge/Denny Morbidity ReviewJune 1984Professor J. H. M. LenihanFebruary 1985

Departmental Committees of Inquiry: Established by Secretary of State for Scotland and Lord Advocate acting jointly

Criminal Appeals in Scotland (First Report)22 January 1970The Hon. Lord ThomsonAugust 1972
Criminal Procedure in Scotland (Second Report)22 January 1970The Hon. Lord ThomsonOctober 1975
Criminal Appeals in Scotland (Third Report)22 January 1970The Hon. Lord ThomsonDecember 1977
Penalties for Homicide18 November 1970Rt. Hon. Lord EmslieNovember 1972
Reparation by the Offender to the Victim in Scotland8 February 1974The Hon. Lord DunparkJuly 1977
Motorist and Fixed Penalties (First Report by Committee on Alternatives to Prosecution)5 July 1977The Hon. Lord Stewart, MCDecember 1980
Keeping Offenders out of Court (Second Report by Committee on Alternatives to Prosecution)5 July 1977The Hon. Lord Stewart, MC6 July 1983