Doc­u­ments not re­leased due to ‘se­cu­rity rea­sons’

Rochdale Observer - - CHILD SEX ABUSE INQUIRY -

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’

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