In response to my 508 emails to all those MPs who had not expressed their support, Nadhim Zahawi MP sent me the link to the statement made by Home Secretary Theresa May on 07 July 2014: Home Secretary oral statement on child abuse.
She spoke about ‘three important principles’:
- We will do everything we can to allow the full investigation of child abuse and the prosecution of its perpetrators, and we will do nothing to jeopardise those aims.
- Where possible the government will adopt a presumption of maximum transparency.
- We will make sure that wherever individuals and institutions have failed to protect children from harm, we will expose these failures and learn the lessons.
She also mentioned:
- Tom Watson MP‘s question he raised at Prime Minister’s Question Time on “powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and Number 10” – with a 55 sec video on Labourlist here.
- The Permanent Secretary of the Home Office, Mark Sedwill commissioned an investigation and its executive summary was published in August 2013. On 08 July 2014 Mark Sedwill gave evidence to the Home Affairs Committee.
- The ‘review team’:
- Peter Wanless, chief executive of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (we all know that the NSPCC is not part of the solution, but the problem)
- Mark Sedwill will appoint an ‘appropriate senior legal figure’
- will report to the Attorney General as well as to the Home Secretary, especially where findings relate to the Director of Public Prosecutions
4. The review is expected to conclude within 8 – 10 weeks (01 – 15 Sept).
5. Like the inquiries into Hillsborough, it will be a non-statutory panel inquiry, i.e. it will be a review of documentary evidence rather than interviews with witnesses. Subject to the constraints imposed by any criminal investigations, it will be free to call witnesses from organisations in the public sector, the private sector and wider civil society.
If the inquiry panel chairman deems it necessary, the government is prepared to convert it into a full public inquiry in line with the Inquiries Act.
So our message is clear: the Government will do everything they can to allow the full investigation of child abuse—whenever and wherever it occurred—to support the victims of it and to bring the perpetrators of this disgusting crime to justice.
The Terms of Reference are on this link and relate to two reviews:
- to review all relevant Home Office files, records and other papers form the period 1979-99
- whether the Home Office ever directly or indirectly funded the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE).