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Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration

In order to facilitate the work of backbench Members of Parliament the government of the day in 1967 acceded to a proposal contained within the Whyatt Report 1962 to create the office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, perhaps better known as the Ombudsman (Scandinavian for ‘grievance man’). In introducing what was to become the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration Act 1967 the relevant Minister, Richard Crossman, welcomed the introduction of an official who was intended to provide ‘a cutting-edge’ for Members of Parliament investigating maladministration within the executive branch of State.