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Equitable Life

Volume 406: debated on Thursday 12 June 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Penrose Inquiry into Equitable Life is expected to report. [118831]

The timetable for his report is a matter for Lord Penrose. He has said that he expects to report to Treasury Ministers later in the summer.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Ombudsman's inquiries are outstanding pending the conclusion of the Penrose Inquiry. [118832]

This is a matter for the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration (the Ombudsman) who, as an Officer of the House, is independent of the Government.