§ Mr. Sandelson
asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether the Government have yet received the Commercial Court committee's report on the law relating to arbitration.
§ Mr. Dell
The Government have received the report, which will be laid before Parliament and published tomorrow, Wednesday 19th July.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the report on the Government's behalf, and to thank the Commercial Court committee for its useful and timely recommendations about the need to revise the special case procedure and to enable it to be excluded in certain international arbitration agreements. Because of the importance to the economy of maintaining this country as a centre for international arbitrations, the Government are giving the committee's recommendations immediate consideration, with a view to introducing legislation as soon as practicable. The Government would welcome comments on the report from those interested.