In brief: Commission sets out reform programme

An extension of its study of consent in the criminal law, a systematic review of the law on limitation periods and a re-examination of third parties' rights against insurers are among items on the Law Commission's sixth programme of law reform issued last week. The release of the programme, which sets out most of the work to be carried out by the commission until the end of 1998, coincides with the body's 30th birthday. It also includes plans to look at the effect of illegal transactions on people's rights.