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Scott Inquiry

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the witnesses who have appeared to date before the Scott inquiry; what is the total cost incurred to date by Her Majesty's Government in providing documents, witnesses and support services for the Scott inquiry; and what allocation of resources has been made for future activities of the inquiry.

To date, the following have given oral evidence in open session to Lord Justice Scott's inquiry:

Ministers/former Ministers

  • Sir Richard Luce
  • Sir Adam Butler
  • Paul Channon Esq.
  • Sir Patrick Mayhew

Government officials/former Government officials

  • S. P. Day Esq.
  • D. Q. Bryars Esq.
  • J. M. Hart Esq.
  • C. T. Sandars Esq.
  • Lt. Col. R. Glazebrook
  • A. S. Collins Esq.
  • Sir Stephen Egerton
  • W. C. Patey Esq.
  • R. Fellgett Esq.
  • P. W. M. Vereker Esq.
  • M. Higson Esq.
  • Sir David Miers

Non-Government

  • Sir Hal Miller
  • D. James Esq.

In addition, nine witnesses have given oral evidence in closed session.

The records of the Department of Trade and Industry show that the total amount charged by the inquiry to that Department for the provision of support services—permanent costs of most staff, equipment, and other general administrative costs—up to 23 July 1993 is £310,000. The cost to Government Departments of providing to the inquiry documents and witnesses requested is not held centrally and could be given only at disproportionate cost.

Specific allocation of resources for the future activities of the inquiry has not been made.