Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:57 pm on 22nd June 2020.

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Photo of Lord Campbell-Savours Lord Campbell-Savours Labour 2:57 pm, 22nd June 2020

Are we not now witnessing in the IICSA inquiry a macabre, quasi-criminal trial of the dead? As the Minister has said, it has already cost over £130 million at a time when the country is spiralling into debt, and its chairman is costing nearly a quarter of a million pounds a year. In the Janner case the accusers are there for the compensation, while the lawyers milk the system. Is not the simple truth that a well-motivated inquiry doing excellent work has now nearly run its course, with little further to add to the sum of human knowledge on institutional child abuse? Its job is done.