Session 2008-09, 11 December 2008

Announcement of new inquiry

Announcement of new inquiry

Policing process of Home Office leak inquiries

The Home Affairs Committee is today announcing the scope of its investigation into the Policing process for Home Office leak inquiries. The inquiry will focus on the way in which the Home Office reacted to the suspected leaks of information and the procedures followed by the Metropolitan Police when they were asked to investigate further.

Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Committee said:

"It is important that the decisions and actions of the Home Office and police are thoroughly examined in the context of existing guidelines.

"The Home Affairs Committee will take evidence from Home Office Ministers and those involved in the process in successive weeks; this will give Members the opportunity fully to explore the aspects of this serious matter that cause them concern."

The remit of the Home Affairs Committee is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Home Office and its associated public bodies.