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Departmental Committees Of Inquiry

Volume 78: debated on Wednesday 1 May 1985

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asked the Attorney-General how many departmental committees of inquiry the Lord Chancellor and his predecessors have commissioned since 1955; and what were the subjects the committees investigated, the dates they were established, who chaired them, and the dates they reported.

The following list, which may not be exhaustive, includes Royal Commissions dealing with areas in the Lord Chancellor's responsibility and other major inquiries most of whose reports were (or are expected to be) published by HMSO, and presented to Parliament; it excludes official committees and standing advisory committees.

Established

Title/Subject

Chair

Reported

Cmnd

1960Magistrates Courts in London (Commissioned by the Lord Chancellor and the Home Secretary)His Honour Sir Carl Aarvold19621606
1961Limitation of actions in cases of personal injuryLord Edmund-Davies19621829
1963Committee on Legal RecordsLord Denning19663084
1963Positive covenants affecting landLord Wilberforce19652719
1964Court of Criminal Appeal (Commissioned by the Lord Chancellor and the Home Secretary)Lord Donovan19652755
1964Mechanical recording of court proceedingsThe Right Honourable

(a) 1965

2733
Sir George Baker

(b) 1966

3096
1964Law of succession in relation to illegitimate personsRussell19663051
1965Enforcement of Judgment DebtsSir Reginald Withers Payne19693909
1965Age of MajorityThe Honourable Mr. Justice Latey19673342
1966Civil Judicial StatisticsP. Adams19683684
1966Supreme Court of Judicature in Northern IrelandLord MacDermott19704292
1966Royal Commission on Assizes and Quarter SessionsLord Beeching19694153
1967Legal EducationThe Right Honourable Sir Roger Ormrod19714595
Personal Injuries LitigationThe Right Honourable Sir Roger Winn19683691
1971Public Trustee OfficeH. R. Hutton19724913
1971Civil and Criminal Jurisdiction in Northern Ireland (Commission with Northern Ireland Secretary)Lord Lowry19735431
1971Law on contempt of court (Commissioned with Lord Advocate)The Right Honourable Sir Henry Josceline Phillimore19745794
1971Law on DefamationThe Honourable Mr. Justice Faulks19755909
1973Distribution of business between Crown Courts and Magistrates' CourtsThe Right Honourable Sir Arthur James19756323
1973Royal Commission on Civil Liability and Compensation for Personal InjuryLord Pearson19787054
1975Judicial Studies and Information (Commission with Home Secretary)Lord Bridge of Harwich1978
1976Personal Injuries Litigation ProcedureThe Honourable Mr. Jucstice Cantley19797476
1976Royal Commission on Legal ServicesLord Benson19797648
1978Selection and access to modern public recordsSir Duncan Wilson19818204
1979Chancery DivisionThe Right Honourable Lord Justice Oliver19818205
1983Matrimonial Causes ProcedureThe Honourable Mrs. Justice Booth
1984ConveyancingProfessor J. T. Farrand

(a) by non-solicitors

1984HMSO

(b) simplification

1985HMSO

Established

Title/Subject

Chair

Reported

Cmnd

1984Fraud Trials (Commissioned by the Lord Chancellor and the Home Secretary)Lord Roskill