Wednesday, 1 July 2015

In 1995 did the Home Office suppress or conceal allegations of child abuse relating to Greville Janner?

The quantity of information relating to child abuse allegations can feel overwhelming at times.

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

  1. An unnamed MP in 1995 was contacted by letter regarding allegations of child abuse by Greville Janner
  2. The MP (whom the article doesn't name) sent a "dossier" to the Home Office in 1995
  3. The "dossier" consisted of (or included) 11 pages of "detailed notes"
  4. The "dossier" wasn't confined to the Janner allegations but also named other alleged abusers
  5. The "dossier" was discovered by the Home Office during a review in 2013
  6. The "dossier" was passed to Leicestershire Police in 2013
It isn't explicitly stated in the article but I wonder if the dossier was found by the anonymous HMRC official who conducted a review of Home Office files.

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:
  1. To whom was the dossier sent?
  2. Was any reply sent to the MP?
  3. Was the dossier seen by the then Home Secretary, Michael Howard?
  4. Was the dossier seen by Michael Howard's then special adviser, David Cameron (now Prime Minister)?
  5. Was the dossier seen by Patrick Rock then special adviser to Michael Howard?
  6. Which civil servants saw the dossier?
  7. Was the dossier passed to the Police? If so, to which Police force was the dossier passed?
  8. If the dossier was not passed to the Police who took the decision that it be withheld from the Police?
It seems to me that something went seriously wrong in 1995.

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.

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