Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:38 pm on 21st November 2016.

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Photo of Lord Faulks Lord Faulks Conservative 5:38 pm, 21st November 2016

My Lords, I wonder whether my noble friend will appreciate a suggestion pursuant to the internal review as to how the inquiry might be somewhat more focused. Rather than deciding who abused who when, which would involve a trial of some sort, would it not be better to focus on the complaints system so that there is an examination of when a complaint was made, why it was not heard, and, if a complaint was not made, why it was not made so that we can learn about the systems that will protect children in the future? The ambit of that would be much smaller and it should be possible to report much more closely. In asking that question, I declare an interest as being instructed on behalf of the estate of Lord Janner.