10/28/2011 03:25 EDT | Updated 12/28/2011 05:12 EST

Serial killer inquiry commissioner gets only half the extra time to do report

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government has extended the term of the missing women inquiry, but it's giving the commissioner only half the extra time he wanted to complete his report.

Wally Oppal was originally given to the end of the year to produce his report but asked for a one-year extension.

Attorney General Shirley Bond says she's giving Oppal six months, asking that his final report be ready by the end of next June.

The inquiry began its hearings in Vancouver on Oct. 11 and this week heard from relatives of some of the women murdered by serial killer Robert Pickton.

The relatives said Vancouver police ignored their requests for action in finding their missing loved ones.

The government says that so far, $2.5 million has been spent on the inquiry and seven community forums that were held in northern B.C. in September.