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Politicians – hands off Judicial Inquiries: Repeal The Inquiries Act 2005

Comment 1st July 2010

This Act applies to judicial inquiries such as the Saville inquiry into Bloody Sunday.

It allows ministers to ban publication of evidence and restrict media attendance at an inquiry to save money. If all else fails, the minister may bring the inquiry to a premature end. 

Government can require sections from the report of findings of an inquiry to be removed or redrafted or to be altered, if the government believe that it is necessary and expedient to do so under under the wide discretionary powers under section 25 of the Act.

Under this law, independent judicial inquires no longer exist in UK.

Why does this matter?

This scandalous act enables government to interfere in a judicial process, whose independence of political interference is essential if politicians are ever again to be held transparently to account to the public for their actions ,

As long as this law is on the books, it seriously damages the democratic process in this country, by allowing ministers to suppress or avoid public scrutiny,  and prevent criricism of them ever being released to the public

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