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Public Inquiries: Barristers

Question for Cabinet Office

UIN 150158, tabled on 30 March 2022

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will confirm the process by which counsel to public inquiries are selected.

Answered on

19 April 2022

Under the Inquiries Rules 2006, the appointment of Counsel to the Inquiry is a matter for an inquiry’s independent chair.

Baroness Hallett, the chair of the Covid-19 Inquiry, has appointed Hugo Keith QC as Lead Counsel to the Inquiry.

Information as to fees paid to inquiry counsel is not held centrally. Statutory inquiries publish information on their expenditure on their own independent websites.

Answered by

Cabinet Office
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