Macur Review – Welsh Questions House of Commons 24.02.2016
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley) (Lab):
When he expects the report of the Macur review to be published.
The Secretary of State for Wales (Stephen Crabb):
Lady Justice Macur’s report is being considered as a matter of urgency with a view
to publication as soon as possible.
Eight young boys in my constituency were abused in the 1980s. They have waited all this
time forsome conclusions. It is ridiculous that in the past two months
Government Departments have been sitting on Lady Macur’s report. What is going on?
I understand that redactions are taking place. What confidence can we have that when the
report is eventually published it is a true report without interference from Government?
I thank the right hon. Lady for her question. We are discussing something incredibly serious and sensitive. Let me put on record my thanks to her for the tireless work that she has put in over the years to fight for justice for those who have suffered horrendous abuse. We are talking about some of the most shameful episodes in the history of the nation of Wales.
We have the report, and it is being looked at by the Crown Prosecution Service, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the police. Lady Justice Macur recommended to the Government that certain redactions might need to be made. The commitment that I give to the right hon. Lady and the House today is that we will make redactions only where they are absolutely necessary, and we will provide a full explanation of why we are making those redactions. We owe that to the victims.
Hywel Williams (Arfon) (PC):
Does the Secretary of State agree that there is concern about attention in the report to the
language issue? The only attention that was given to the language issue in the Waterhouse
report was to say that the children swore a great deal, as well they might have.
The Hon. Gentleman is getting into a level of detail about the matter that we can perhaps
discuss outside this place on another occasion. Perhaps he and I could meet to talk about
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