Catalogue description Royal Commission on the Constitution: Papers and Evidence

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Details of HO 221
Reference: HO 221
Title: Royal Commission on the Constitution: Papers and Evidence

Minutes of evidence before the Commission, published and unpublished written evidence, circulated abstracts of evidence, research papers, warrants of appointment, majority and minority reports, minutes of meetings of the Commission and constitute specialized groups of members and staff, together with policy papers.

Date: 1967-1973
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Royal Commission on the Constitution, 1969-1973

Physical description: 372 files and volumes
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Administrative / biographical background:

The Commission was appointed by Royal Warrant in April 1969. The first chairman was Lord Crowther and on his death in February 1972 he was succeeded by Lord Kilbrandon. The Commission's terms of reference were: to examine the present function of the central legislature and government in relation to the several countries, nations and regions of the United Kingdom, to consider whether any changes are desirable in those functions or otherwise in the present constitutional and economic relationships between the various parts of the United Kingdom and in those between the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

The report of the Commission (Cmnd. 5460) was published in November 1973 (HO 221/294). Two members of the Commission produced a minority report, the Memorandum of Dissent: HO 221/295

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