Tories killed measure to stop Official Secrets Act blocking child abuse evidence


As the SKWAWKBOX covered on Tuesday, Theresa May and her successor as Home Secretary have been accused of using ‘national security’ to withhold evidence of child abuse from IICSA – the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

abbott tleThe accusation was made in the Commons by Labour MP Lisa Nandy:

In February 2015, when May was Home Secretary another Labour MP, John Mann, moved an amendment to prevent the Official Secrets Act (OSA) being used to block witnesses giving evidence about child sexual abuse.

The Tories voted it down.

The Solicitor General responded to Mann’s call:

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Departments and ministers can permit

I assure the hon. Member.. that the Government are committed…

We are satisfied that the Official Secrets Act is not, will not, and should not be a bar to evidence being provided, but I am grateful to him for raising that important issue.

‘Permit’, ‘assure’, ‘satisfied’. In other…

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