Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:14 pm on 17th September 2020.

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Photo of Tom Randall Tom Randall Conservative, Gedling 1:14 pm, 17th September 2020

As my hon. Friend identified in his statement, we discovered during the evidence sessions that there is no standing secretariat for public inquiries. For example, Sir Robert Francis told us that

“we were all starting with a blank piece of paper when it came to setting up resources, so there was no idea where we would have offices or where we were going to get equipment from.”

He also said it took him four months to appoint solicitors. So does my hon. Friend agree that if we set up an inquiry sooner rather than later, it will enable the inquiry to do that important background preparatory work so that it is ready to focus on the main task at hand as soon as possible?