Select Committee on Public Administration Minutes of Evidence


Annex A

TABLE OF NOTABLE INQUIRIES SET UP SINCE 1990
Inquiry (sponsoring body/department at the time of setting up) Year Set up Legislative Basis Chairman alone or Panel (name of chairman) * indicates judicial chairman Public or PrivateDuration and Cost[32]
Review of intelligence on weapons of mass destruction

(Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

2004

Non statutory

Committee of Privy Counsellors

(Lord Butler)

Private

Yet to be completed
An independent inquiry arising from the Soham murders

(Home Office)
2004Non statutoryChairman

(Sir Michael Bichard)

Public

Yet to be completed
Investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr David Kelly
(Department for Constitutional Affairs)

2003

Non statutory

Chairman

(Lord Hutton*)

Public[33] 6 months

Final costs not yet available

"The Three Inquiries"

(i)
      Ayling

(ii)
      Neale

(iii)
      Kerr/Haslam

"To assess the appropriateness and effectiveness of the procedures operated in local health services to deal with complaints about the individuals listed."

(Department of Health)

2002Originally s2 of the NHS Act 1977

All three inquiries subsequently reconstituted under s84 NHS Act 1977

All three inquiries have a panel of three

((i)
     Anna Pauffley QC

(ii)
     Suzan Matthews QC

(iii)
     Nigel Pleming QC)

Modified private[34] Yet to be completed

Costs not
yet known
but estimated £5 million in total


FV Trident
(Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions)

2002

Merchant Shipping Act 1995, s269

To be determined

Public

Yet to be completed

Estimated cost £1.5 million

Equitable Life Inquiry

(HM Treasury)

2001

Non statutory

Chairman

(Lord Penrose*)

Private

Report published March 2004

2½ years

£2.5 million[35]
Victoria Climbieé Inquiry

(Department of Health)

2001

Children Act 1989, s81

NHS Act 1977, s84 Police Act 1996, s49

Chairman with four assessors

(Lord Laming)

Public

2 years

£3.8 million

Lessons Learned (Foot and Mouth)

(Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

2001

Non statutory

Chairman

(Dr Iain Anderson CBE)

Private

1 year

Costs not available
Shipman Inquiry

(Department of Health)

2000

1921 Act

Chairman

(Dame Janet Smith*)

Public

Yet to be completed

£16 million as
at Dec 2003. Final costs unlikely to exceed £21 million.

Marchioness Inquiry

(Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions)

2000

Merchant Shipping Act 1995, s268

Chairman with two assessors

(Lord Justice Clarke*)

Public

13 months

(including Victim Identification Inquiry below)

£6.3 million

(includes the cost of inquiries into Victim Identification (below) and Thames River Safety Inquiry (below))
Inquiry into issues arising out of the identification of the victims following major transport accidents

(Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions)
2000Non statutoryChairman with two assessors

(Lord Justice Clarke*)
Public13 months (including Marchioness Inquiry)

See Marchioness Inquiry
Joint Inquiry into Train Protection Systems[36]36

(Health and Safety Commission)
1999Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, s14(2)(b) Joint chairmen

(Lord Cullen* and Professor John Uff QC)
Public16 months

£1.2 million
Ladbroke Grove Inquiry[37]37

(Health and Safety Commission)
1999Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, s14(2)(b) Chairman with two assessors

(Lord Cullen*)
PublicPart 1: 13 months

Part 2: 18 months

£8.6 million
FV-Gaul Inquiry

(Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions)
1999Merchant Shipping Act 1995, s269 Wreck Commissioner with three assessors

(Mr Justice David Steel*)
PublicYet to be completed

Estimated cost £6 million (includes underwater survey costs)
Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital Inquiry

(Department of Health)
1999NHS Act 1977, s2 Panel of three

(Mr Michael Redfern QC)
Private

Report published
14 months

Approximately £3.5 million
Thames River Safety Inquiry

(Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions)
1999Non statutoryChairman

(Lord Justice Clarke*)
PublicApproximately 3 months to publication of interim Report

See Marchioness Inquiry
MV Derbyshire Inquiry

(Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions)
1998Merchant Shipping Act 1995, s269 Chairman

(Mr Justice Coleman*)
Public

23 months

£11 million

(includes underwater survey costs and implementation of recommendations)
Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry

(Department of Health)
1998NHS Act 1977, s84 Panel of four

(Professor Ian Kennedy)
Public

3 years

£14.5 million
Bloody Sunday Inquiry

(Northern Ireland Office)
19981921 ActPanel of three

(Lord Saville*)
PublicYet to be completed

Eventual total cost currently expected to be £155 million
Sierra Leone Arms Investigation

(Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
1998Non statutoryJoint chairmen

(Sir Thomas Legg

Sir Robin Ibbs)
Mostly in private—Report published 3 months

Costs not available
BSE Inquiry

(Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)
1997Non statutoryPanel of three

(Lord Phillips*)
Public3 years

Approximately £26 million
Ashworth Special Hospital Inquiry

(Department of Health)
1997NHS Act 1977, s84 Panel of four

(His Honour Peter Fallon QC*)
Public2 years

£2.5 million
Stephen Lawrence Inquiry

(Home Office)
1997Police Act 1996, s49 Chairman with four assessors

(Sir Wiliam MacPherson*)
Public19 months

Approximately £4.2 million
Southall Rail Accident Inquiry[38]38

(Health and Safety Commission)
1997Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, s.14(2)(b) Chairman

(Professor John Uff QC)
Public27 months

£2.25 million
Public Inquiry into the shootings at Dunblane Primary School

(Scottish Office)
19961921 ActChairman

(Lord Cullen*)
Public8 months

Costs not available
North Wales Child Abuse Inquiry

(Welsh Office)
19961921 ActPanel of three plus an assessor

(Sir Ronald Waterhouse*)
Public4 years

Costs not available
The Allitt Inquiry

(Department of Health)
1993NHS Act 1977, s2 Panel of three

(Sir Cecil Clothier)
Private12 months

Costs not available
Public Inquiry into export of defence equipment and dual-use goods into Iraq

(Department of Trade and Industry)
1992Non statutoryChairman

(Sir Richard Scott*)
Public4 years

£7 million[39]39
Investigation into the flotation of Mirror Group Newspapers Plc

(Department of Trade and Industry)
1992Companies Act 1985 s432(2) and s442 Two inspectors

(Sir Roger Thomas*, Raymond Turner)
Private

10 years

£8.6 million
Inquiry into the supervision of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International

(HM Treasury)
1991Non statutoryChairman

(Lord Bingham*)
Private15 months

£600,000













32   Unless otherwise stated, this is the cost to sponsoring Government Department and includes the running costs (staffing, IT, accommodation) and legal costs (cost of legal representation to the inquiry). Back

33   Small amount of evidence withheld on national security grounds. Back

34   Public/press excluded, all witnesses may attend oral hearings, but they do not see others written evidence or submissions. The modified-private model is discussed at paragraph 12.14 of the main text. Back

35   Provisional cost-final costs are being calculated. Back

36   Inquiries held under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 are called by the Health and Safety Commission and require the consent of the Secretary of State. These would not be included in the scope of any new inquiries legislation. Back

37   See footnote 32. Back

38   See footnote 32. Back

39   Does not include the cost of providing external legal services to witnesses to the inquiry or the value of legal services charged by the Treasury Solicitor's Department. Back


 
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