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Sir Brian Leveson to give evidence to Lords committee investigating public inquiries

Sir Brian Leveson, who chaired the public inquiry into media ethics and culture, will give evidence next Wednesday, October 9, to the House of Lords committee investigating the Inquiries Act 2005.

The Committee is investigating whether the Act is an adequate framework for public inquiries which are fit for purpose, cost-effective and command public confidence.

The Lords will ask the Rt Hon Sir Brian Leveson if he felt he had the right powers to enable him carry out his inquiry satisfactorily.

The Lords will also question the witness on other areas of interest, such as:

  • Do inquiries have the most effective panel set-up, or should this change?
  • Should evidence taken at inquiries be used to determine civil or criminal liability?
  • Is the role of lawyers the right one for inquiries, and can people represent themselves easily enough?
  • Should ministers still be able to set up non-statutory inquiries which do not have power to compel witnesses to provide documents or give evidence?
  • Should the Chairman of an inquiry be involved in making sure the inquiry's recommendations have been implemented?

The evidence session will take place at 10.40 on Wednesday 9 October in Committee Room 4A of the House of Lords.

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