Terms of Reference FAQs

The Chair held a public consultation on the Terms of Reference from 1-28 November 2023. This consultation is now closed and the Chair is reviewing the responses received. The updated Terms of Reference will be published on this page in due course.

Below are frequently asked questions on the Terms of Reference.

Terms of Reference set out the issues and associated parameters that an Inquiry will investigate. All public inquiries have Terms of References, which are often publicly consulted on (meaning anyone can respond to or provide views on them).

Terms of Reference are set by the Chair, and agreed by the relevant Minister, before being published. 

The Chair intends to send updated Terms of Reference to government ahead of the Christmas parliamentary recess with the aim of publishing the final Terms of Reference in the New Year.

As specified in the Inquiries Act 2005 (Section 5), the relevant Minister is responsible for setting out the Terms of Reference, or any amends related to the Terms of Reference.

It is usual practice for Chairs to Inquiries to set out the Terms of Reference following a consultation period, and to provide them to the relevant Minister for approval prior to publication in line with Section 5 of the Inquiries Act 2005.

Yes – the Chair will take into consideration all Terms of Reference consultation responses received between 1-28 November when deciding on the final Terms of Reference to put to Government. 

A consultation on the Terms of Reference was held in summer 2021, following the announcement of the non-statutory Inquiry.

Upon conversion of the Inquiry to statutory the Chair, Baroness Lampard has decided to consult on the Terms of Reference to ensure that the public are able to provide their views on the scope and remit of the statutory Inquiry.

Any further questions can be directed to the Inquiry team who can be contacted via:

Alternatively, you can write to the Inquiry via the following postal address: The Lampard Inquiry, PO Box 78136, LONDON, SW1P 9WW.