Royal Commissions and Committees of Inquiry Appointments

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th March 2001.

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Photo of The Earl of Shrewsbury The Earl of Shrewsbury Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Lord Chancellor, when consulted under Chapter 4, paragraph 50 of the Ministerial Code about the suitability of a judicial or legal appointment to a Royal Commission or independent committee of inquiry, or when undertaking an approach on behalf of a department, is expected to disclose if he is aware that the person he is recommending has contributed to the Labour Party.

Photo of Lord Irvine of Lairg Lord Irvine of Lairg Lord Chancellor, Lord Chancellor's Department, Lord Chancellor

No. I would not, in the ordinary course, know about donations to any political party, nor, were I to come to know, would I ever taken such a fact into account. My advice on such matters is based solely on the potential appointee's merits for the task proposed.

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