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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-01396: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that the Historic Child Abuse Inquiry is wholly independent.

Answered by: John Swinney 28 July 2016

This Government established Scotland’s inquiry into the abuse of children in care with statutory powers and independence from the outset and this will continue.

As in this and all previous public inquiries, the Scottish Government has specific, focussed statutory duties, particularly under the Inquiries Act 2005. This does not change the independence of the Inquiry to deliver on its remit including, for example, in deciding what issues to pursue, what material to require from public authorities and others, and what witnesses to take evidence from.