In this post I want to explore some possibly important information which I hadn't previously given serious thought to which may place the Home Office at the centre of an alleged cover-up relating to alleged sexual offences by Greville Janner.
I won't address the substance of the allegations regarding Greville Janner. That is a matter for the "trial of facts" should such a process take place, as is currently anticipated.
The press report which is the foundation of this post is here:
Home Office chiefs ignored FOURTH warning on Janner: Officials were told of child sex claims in 1995 report
The facts, as reported by the Daily Mail, are
- An unnamed MP in 1995 was contacted by letter regarding allegations of child abuse by Greville Janner
- The MP (whom the article doesn't name) sent a "dossier" to the Home Office in 1995
- The "dossier" consisted of (or included) 11 pages of "detailed notes"
- The "dossier" wasn't confined to the Janner allegations but also named other alleged abusers
- The "dossier" was discovered by the Home Office during a review in 2013
- The "dossier" was passed to Leicestershire Police in 2013
I also wonder if the dossier was the foundation of the investigation by Leicestershire Police which has led us to the position where a "trial of facts" is contemplated.
A key question in my mind is what happened to the dossier in 1995.
Several questions arise including the following:
- To whom was the dossier sent?
- Was any reply sent to the MP?
- Was the dossier seen by the then Home Secretary, Michael Howard?
- Was the dossier seen by Michael Howard's then special adviser, David Cameron (now Prime Minister)?
- Was the dossier seen by Patrick Rock then special adviser to Michael Howard?
- Which civil servants saw the dossier?
- Was the dossier passed to the Police? If so, to which Police force was the dossier passed?
- If the dossier was not passed to the Police who took the decision that it be withheld from the Police?
Was there a cover-up at the Home Office?
Who in the Home Office was responsible for the cover-up, assuming it happened?
It seems to me that the actions and/or failures to act of the Home Office in 1995 are an important issue to be considered by the Child Abuse Inquiry.