Short video highlight from yesterday’s Home Affairs Committee session where Home Secretary Theresa May ’clarified’ to committee members exactly what the inquiry would, and would not, do. Finally, Chair Keith Vaz offers some advice to the Home Secretary.
This is part of the clarification, in Theresa May’s own words;
‘There is a review about lessons learned and the protection of children;
‘There is a review which is looking into work that was done in the home office which resulted from this question of whether Geoffrey Dickens had passed information to a previous Home Secretary, and whether that had been properly dealt with, or whether that had been in some sense covered up. There was a review on that, but now we’re having a further review to make sure that everything that was done by the Home Office was done absolutely correctly.’
The clip from the proceedings infers that Butler-Sloss would have led the first review, and Wanless-Whittam will lead the second review. I found it interesting that ‘inquiry’ and ‘review’ appear to have become interchangeable words.
It seems that the committee members were also somewhat confused by this ‘Inquiry’, but I’m sure they can see it clearly now…
This is a link to a larger extract of the same session, which firstly addresses the Baroness Butler-Sloss resignation, and then secondly the missing 114 Home Office files. Chair Keith Vaz clearly enjoyed the encounter.