Undercover Policing Inquiry Debate

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Department: Home Office

Undercover Policing Inquiry

Lord Mackay of Clashfern Excerpts
Wednesday 14th April 2021

(3 weeks, 6 days ago)

Lords Chamber

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Baroness Williams of Trafford Portrait Baroness Williams of Trafford (Con)
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The cost to date is £36.2 million. The report to the Home Secretary is due before the end of 2023.

Lord Mackay of Clashfern Portrait Lord Mackay of Clashfern (Con) [V]
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My Lords, will my noble friend say whether there is any mechanism to ensure that an inquiry as important as this will report in a reasonable time?

Baroness Williams of Trafford Portrait Baroness Williams of Trafford (Con)
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My noble friend makes a very pertinent point because, of course, some of the inquiry goes back to 1968, so timeliness is very important. As members of the sponsor department of a statutory inquiry, both the Home Secretary and the Permanent Secretary have sponsorship responsibilities that are set out in the inquiries management statement. I have personally engaged with the chair in my capacity as sponsor to discuss the progress of the inquiry and stress the importance of learning lessons promptly.