On Thursday 27 November, MPs took part in a general debate on the progress of the historical child sex abuse inquiry. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from Simon Danczuk, Zac Goldsmith and Tessa Munt.
This debate was opened by Simon Danczuk, Labour MP for Rochdale.
Watch the debate and read the transcript
The following committee documents have been identified as relevant to this debate:
- Sixth Report from the Home Affairs Committee, Child sexual exploitation and the response to localised grooming: follow-up, HC 203
- Oral evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee on historic child abuse on 21 October and 11 November 2014, HC 710
- Written evidence to the Home Affairs Committee, on historic child abuse, reported to the House on 21 October, 28 October and 11 November 2014, HC 710
- Third Report from the Communities and Local Government Committee, Session 2014-15, on Child sexual exploitation in Rotherham: some issues for local government, HC 648
Backbench Business Committee
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