21 January 2009 Final Report of the Commission

The Commission is finalising its report which is expected to consist of five volumes plus appendices and which will be published, somewhat later than the Commissioners hoped, in mid to late May, 2009.

The work of the Commission has taken longer than expected.

The Commission has asked the Government to extend the time for publishing the report to the 31st May 2009 and is confident that this deadline will be met. If it is possible to bring the publication date forward, that will be done but it would be unrealistic to expect much earlier availability.

The Commission was not able until now to make accurate predictions about printing and publication.

The Commissioners are very conscious of the importance and urgency of the report and they appreciate the patience shown by participants and by the public and their understanding of the difficulty and complexity of the Commission’s undertaking.

There will be no significant extra cost because of the extension of time.