Commons: Written Statement (HCWS251) Regarding Missing Files

 

Hayman File

General (Mr Francis Maude) on 04 Feb 2015.

Government Files

I welcome the Home Secretary’s announcement today regarding the Inquiry into child sexual abuse in England and Wales.

The Cabinet Office will support the Inquiry and will work with the Home Office to ensure that Departments provide the Inquiry with all relevant information.

As the House is aware, the Cabinet Office last week released to The National Archives a file containing information about a former United Kingdom High Commissioner to Canada, Sir Peter Hayman. This file is now public. This file should have been submitted to the Review by Peter Wanless and Richard Whittam QC. I regret that the file was missed in error and was not submitted at the time. However, a similar set of papers was held in the Home Office and seen by Wanless and Whittam. The complete and un-redacted Cabinet Office file will be made available to Wanless and Whittam if they wish to see it, and the Inquiry. However Wanless has already confirmed that the file would not have changed the conclusions of his review.

As a result of the discovery of the Sir Peter Hayman file, the Cabinet Office has conducted additional searches of its extensive papers and files. Officials have identified four additional relevant files, one of which was marked for destruction pending further checks by the Cabinet

Office and The National Archives. The Cabinet Office already has in place a process for reviewing its files scheduled for destruction. I am ensuring that relevant departments have a similar process in place. These files are being shared with the Inquiry, the Hart Inquiry, the relevant departments, and the Metropolitan Police Service. All the complete and un-redacted files will be made available to Wanless and Whittam if they wish to see them.

The files were found in a separate Cabinet Office archive of sensitive, historic papers. This archive, colloquially known as the Cabinet Secretaries’ file, was closed in 2007. It is largely uncatalogued and un-registered; a programme to review it has been underway since last year but remains in progress. Officials assure me that the available titles have now been searched and more detailed searches are ongoing. My officials will work with the Inquiry to ensure it has the assurance it requires that all papers held by the Cabinet Office have been fully examined and that relevant papers are correctly identified and disclosed.

Tom Watson MP

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10 responses to “Commons: Written Statement (HCWS251) Regarding Missing Files

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  2. Tazzdevil

    ITS ALL A COVER UP ,WHO DO YOU THINK US VICTIMS ARE THICK..WELL THINK AGAIN ….

    • Tazzdevil

      GOVERNMENT TERESA MAY SAYS SHE HAS LISTEND TO US VICTIMS ,WELL IVE WRITTEN TO HER EMAILED HER.NO REPLY DOES THAT SOUND AS IF SHE IS LISTENING TO VICTIMS OF 30,YEARS ABND COUNTING SAD.

  3. GMB

    Found another. FOI already in.

  4. GMB

    Should have gone to SpecSavers…or the TNA

  5. dpack

    publish the evidence and have it reviewed makes sense to me

  6. Gary

    Oh well, that’s alright then. I note the weasel words “available titles” in the text. I understand, of course, that those marked top secret and above will not be available but its all to easy to abuse the security markings to make files unavailable to anyone checking for them. Given the sensitive nature or should I say the high office held by some offenders, they may have felt the were justified in doing so. Worse still will be those actions, inactions and discussions that were either never minuted or were destroyed as soon as possible. On top of this there is no parliamentary will to deal with this. They fear for the image of parliament and public anger and disengagement, they fear for their parties and losing electability but most of all they fear for their own personal positions. There are those who either participated in abuse or covered up it’s existence (some of whom are standing down anyway) and the rest who have a fear of contagion. They fear the voters either not voting or voting for other parties, ie not Done, Lab or LibDem (which is happenening anyway). If they DID take the bull by the horns they would gain far more respect than by having inquiries every few years which have been set up to fail. Child Abuse should not be a party political issue but it will go this way as the big players refuse to properly deal with it..

  7. BarrieJ

    Line to take:
    There has been no cover up.
    Nothing to see here, move along, move along.

    Note to media:
    The public are increasingly interfering in our affairs, please see that they desist.

  8. The Count of Monte Cristo

    Is there ever been a Home Secretary that hasn’t been full of shit?
    Discuss……