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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 being 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 act enbles government to interfere in thesupposedly independent judicial process of being held transparently to account for its actions, and seriously damages the democratic process in this country.

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