House of Lords written question – answered on 22nd January 2015.

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Photo of Lord Eames Lord Eames Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to issue suggested timescales to all future independent committees of inquiry.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to request that future independent committees of inquiry should issue interim reports in cases where final reports are delayed beyond a reasonable time.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

I refer the noble Lord to the Inquiries Act 2005 Explanatory Notes which state ‘In some cases it might be appropriate to specify a date by which the inquiry is asked to report, or the level of urgency.’ A decision on whether to publish an interim Report will normally be a matter for the independent Chair or would have been established at the outset.

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