Documents not released due to ‘security reasons’
SOME documents relating to Cyril Smith’s alleged abuse of boys have not been released by the government due to ‘national security reasons’ the Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said.
Responding to a question from Wigan MP Lisa Nandy in Parliament on Monday the Home Secretary said documents had been provided to the inquiry ‘where appropriate.’
But she added: “Some papers are held for national security reasons, and she would not want me to persuade the security services to release those.”
Earlier Ms Nandy had asked: “The Home Secretary will be aware that last week’s revelations about Cyril Smith in the child abuse inquiry demonstrate that the cover-up of decades of child abuse reached the highest levels of Government.
“Will she commit to releasing papers held by all departments and agencies in relation to the case so that Cyril Smith’s many victims, who were denied justice in his lifetime, can now find it in theirs?”
The following day counsel to the inquiry, Brian Altman QC, told the hearing said: “I understand that the Home Secretary responded to a question in parliament yesterday about whether government was committed to releasing papers held by all departments and agencies.
“For the avoidance of doubt, may I simply repeat what I said in my opening statement in this investigation, namely, that the inquiry made a request to MI5, the Security Service, to see if it had any information that was relevant to this investigation.
“The Security Service conducted the searches we requested and counsel and solicitor to the inquiry inspected the product of those searches.
“We identified material that was relevant and asked the Security Service to produce it to the inquiry so it could be disclosed in the investigation.
“The Security Service did so and a number of documents were disclosed to core participants.”
●●Home Secretary Amber Rudd said documents had been supplied to the abuse inquiry ‘where appropriate’