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Departmental Committees Of Inquiry

Volume 78: debated on Friday 10 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many departmental committees of inquiry he and his predecessors, including First Lords of the Admiralty, Secretaries of State for War, Secretaries of State for Air, Ministers of Supply, Ministers for Defence Procurement, Ministers of Aviation and Ministers of Aviation (Supply), 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 reply given by my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Treasury, on 1 May at column 142 applies also to Ministry of Defence committees of inquiry. However, from records that are readily available, it appears that since 1973 the report of one other departmental committee of inquiry established by the Secretary of State for Defence has been published as a Command Paper, that being "The Protection of Military Information—Report of the Study Group on Censorship" chaired by General Sir Hugh Beach—Cmnd. 9112 which was published in December 1983. In addition, an explanatory memorandum on the report of the defence lands committee chaired by the right hon. the Lord Nugent of Guildford was published as Cmnd. 5364 in July 1973.