Peter Wanless & Richard Whittam QC, appearing in front of the Home Affairs Select Committee on 11th November 2014.
Their review of the missing Dickens Dossier and 114 other files had just been published.
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first thought was the gain has been set low for the sound
after that it seems a mixture of things have led to them being unable to answer the questions of has anything been hidden? and if it has what was it ?
surprised they were not asked about their backgrounds ie had either of them any direct knowledge of how a major government department works for unless you have do you know the questions and who to ask
There were two glaring issues on the issue of actually interviewing those who could have known handled the paper within the department what they said indicated they had not been able to identify/interview everyone who might have knowledge and the Home Sec in the Commons had no time t be briefed about what was said at the meeting
The other glaring issue was the failure to have addressed and responded to the key question posed to the Permanent secretary when he was interviewed that were the 114 missing files in a block or blocks. A member of the committee asked for this information before the meeting with Home Secretary but did not receive it and the Home Sec appeared not to have been briefed about the issue when she appeared.
In response to being asked about the issue today the response was most unsatisfactory no patterns had been discovered and ( need to check the wording in due course) that some files had been removed individually ( how many and why were these done) &( how was it known they were time expired eligible?) Hopefully the system for destruction is in the report ( not the time limit but the departmental process) Interested to know if anyone outside Westminster bubble is impressed with the reports or them ?
Having said that Home Sec was on good form as was the Shadow Home sec after yesterdays serious knockabout
Cameron was very keen to say there had been no cover up. Wanless said Cameron was ‘wrong’. First the government found 2 pairs of ‘safe hands’ (Butler-Sloss and Woolf) whilst saying the government wanted to uncover the truth. Actions speak louder than words and the actions of Cameron to date show such enthusiasm for kicking this issue into the long grass that we can no longer have any confidence that anyone in power wants anything like the truth to emerge.
The evidence from numerous sources is that 114 files have gone missing. Wanless was asked by Simon Danczuk to employ a high tech document tracing company to track down the missing files. Danczuk claims Wanless said he didn’t have sufficient time to do so. Then Wanless asked the departments if they could physically look through their filing cabinets. Nothing was found. Wanless reported he couldn’t find any evidence to prove or disprove that the files had been deliberately destroyed. All Wanless claimed to find was evidence of atrocious record keeping. For Cameron to turn that into a clean bill of health is evidence only that Cameron is a spin doctor whose enthusiastic grasping at straws to exonerate his parliamentary colleagues knows no bounds
Does anyone get the impression that these guys were checking that a purge was successful.
Hadn’t thought of that possibility. But now you mention it…hmmm you might have a point.