Availing Panorama Broadcast and Research 1975 to Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry

Richard Card made this Freedom of Information request to British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Would you disclose how far advanced the BBC is in providing the Panorama broadcast, the research and the follow up deliberations to the CSA Inquiry please ?

The programme featured Edwin BAARS a mental patient discharged homeless to Margate. In time he ended up in one of the resort's many "Section 37" Homes. Former boarding houses registered as care homes (not nursing homes and hence no requirement to employ qualified nurses)

At the time Barbara Castle MP was DHSS minister with special advisor barrister jack STRAW. And a question arises about two dogs that neither barked nor bit. BBC and MIND where Peter RIGHTON was an executive I think.

The most recent Commons question then re Section 37 homes avoiding qualified staff expense was 1972 by Barbara Castle MP about Sue Ryder HQ Cavendish. Sir Keith Joseph refused care inquiry. He also refused inquiry into six years of child deaths of disabled children in social services London care at the Beeches Ixworth Suffolk a village adjoining the now notorious Henniker estate (abusive Islington Suffolk Project)

For public record I should also point out that Sue Ryder's husbands charity had been subject of Dept of Health commissioned group psychiatric research by Tavistock Institute. Possibly as a consequence the Leonard Cheshire inmates of Le Court Cheshire home had revolted in 1972 after Sir Keith Joseph's refusals I think of care inquiries at the Sue Ryder HQ of the charity. This led to the creation of disabled persons human rights movement. In fact Dr Laurence Clarke years later wrote a study of Leonard Cheshire versus the Disabled Persons Rights Movement.

By 1975 I would have thought the inmate revolt was sufficiently well known that Barbara Castle would have raised the care inquiries Labour MPs had called for only 3 years earlier. The European Convention of Human Rights provisions re inmates of Leonard Cheshire Homes being subjected to Tavistock Institute research commissioned by govt. The attorney general says the legal advice situation is still secret.

Dame Janet Smith conducting your Savile review at BBC ruled both the Sue Ryder deaths cases 1972 (and a related Regional Crime Squad inquiry into GP death registration malpractice) and the 6 years of questions about death certifuications at Beeches Ixworth as beyond her terms of reference SHIPMAN Inquiry. To examine and make recommendations to improve death registration practices.

Clearly now we can see that at the time, of the two dogs BBC and MIND that neither barked nor bit thus rather letting Mrs Castle off the hook, 1975/76 SAVILE was getting away with abuse at Sue Ryder Child Hospice Leeds.

It was always open to Mrs Castle to order care inquiry re Sue Ryder and the Beeches. But she did not. Even when one of the MPs calling for inquiry was Islington's Michael O'Halloran. Islington where STRAW was a Labour Cllr with Mrs Hodge and PIE set up its HQ.

I think you should fwd this FOI to Dame Janet Smith as she may care to make a submission to the CSA Inquiry explaining how she was not in fact compromised to conduct Savile Inquiry at BBC.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Card

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Dear FOI Enquiries,

You are overdue with your response. I have now sent in my submission to the Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry so this FOI is redundant.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Card

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Dear FOI Enquiries,

I have completed my submission to Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry now and it was filed 2nd June 2015

I suggested that you fwd the FOI to Dame Janet SMITH that is still a request. I am not asking Dame Janet to respond to FOI. But she should as a courtesy be made aware of SAVILE history of abuse at Sue RYDER child hospice and that she should recall Sue Ryder Homes, Leonard Cheshire Homes and the Beeches Ixworth child care home being put to her Harold Shipman Inquiry deliberations about death registration malpractice.

In 1976 I was threatened with Official Secrets Act charges as a DHSS civil servant re the excellent 1975 Panorama. That means OSA action had been sanctioned by minister Barbara CASTLE (her special advisor Jack STRAW non practising barrister) and Attorney General. The dog that didn't bark at the Panorama expose was MIND a charity at which serial child abuser Peter RIGHTON was an executive. From PIE of Islington where CASTLE, STRAW and HODGE were also based.

As you know the Beeches Ixworth (six years of uninvestigated child deaths in Islington and Hackney care) adjoins the notorious Henniker estate home of Henniker and Rightons abusive Islington Suffolk project.

Ironically Jack Straw re theft of Norman Scott's DHSS records to get arm on Jeremy Thorpe now bleats Official Secrets Act as a smokescreen to be silent about his own role at the time vis a vis OSA.

Please disclose whether you have records that the 1975 Panorama broadcast is archived and whether a copy has been disclosed to the Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry. Thank you

Yours sincerely,

Richard Card

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Dear FOI Enquiries,

Thank you for your response.

I think I better ask for internal review which should involve Dame Janet SMITH.

The fact is that during her handling of the Harold SHIPMAN Inquiry she became aware of evidence that Sue Ryder and Leonard Cheshire Homes were an unlawful police no go area orchestrated by Special Branch liaising with MI5.

This represents a conflict of interest to her in two areas:

(1) SAVILE abuse at Sue Ryder child hospice Leeds

(2) The 1975 Panorama which exposed Labour Govt for discharging mental patients homeless to seaside resorts. The Section 37 National Assistance Act 1948 care registration issues BBC commendably brought to public attention but the response from minister Barbara Castle MP should have been to resurrect Section 37 care inquiries such as that into Sue Ryder charity covered up by Sir Keith Joseph in 1972. There is also the dog that didn't bark which is the charity MIND who should have caused merry hell about this treatment of mental patients. That raises the question of quid pro quo Castle, her special advisor Jack STRAW and MIND executive RIGHTON.

Now you are being asked not to publish by the police ? The very police who would want to conceal their own unlawful police no go areas.

And also in the wings is Attorney General. The Tavistock Institute Group psychiatric research on inmates of all UK Leonard Cheshire Homes 1960s. Research commissioned by Dept of Health. The attorney general still protects the question of legality from examination by abuse of his secret public interest custodianship powers.

In Matron McGILL Decd 1972 Sue Ryder HQ Cavendish Suffolk again attorney general abuses public interest custodianship to deny access to High Court of an overwhelming case to quash the 1972 suicide verdict.

The Beeches child deaths Ixworth 1966 to 1972. Another matter put to Dame Janet SMITH SHIPMAN Inquiry. There was the Regional Crime Squad inquiry into identity thefts via GP death registration malpractices (Gwent RCS officers 1971 and 72) AND there was HM Coroner Bury St Edmunds response to me early 90s in which it was clear that the Beeches child deaths had somehow been concealed from local HM Coroner overview.

Now we know the proximity and implications of The Beeches to Henniker estate and RIGHTON serious questions arise not the least of which is what were Dame Janet SMITH's reasons to rule out the Beeches child deaths and the RCS inquiry into GP death reg malpractice in her SHIPMAN inquiry duty to examine shortcomings in our death registrations procedures.

I am saying to you that from before her appointment Dame Janet was empowered to know that Sue Ryder charities were subject of MI5/Special Branch protection prior to and during SAVILE abuse at their child hospice. She had already ruled out looking at Beeches child deaths and GP death registration inquiries Leonard Cheshire Homes.

Now the BBC is complying with a police request when it is the police with a very sinister and serious history to hide. And you "Independent" Dame Janet Smith was in a position to know thios before she even set foot in BBC.

I have asked the Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry to approach BBC for the Panorama research, follow up and broadcast 1975.

Clearly as a public broadcasting service the BBC should now publish a statement from Dame Janet and take some action such as writing to Attorney General.

In 2006 War Crimes Unit was in Suffolk looking at Galician SS for war criminals. But the other tranche of wartime enemy to enter UK was 1971 sponsored by Sue Ryder and Airey Neave at a time RCS in Wales stumbled on their identity thefts and GP death cert malpractice inquiries. Once again anything connected with Sue Ryder is somehow protected from inquiry.

"Acting as judge in own cause" includes a perception that is the case. I say that there is substantial perception this applies to your Dame Janet Smith Inquiry.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Card

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Card

Thank you for your email below in which you request an internal review of our handling of your request RFI20150934. We will respond to you within 20 working days.

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Dear FOI Enquiries,

Thank you for your decision refusing to disclose. I was asking about disclosure to the Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry not to your internal Dame Janet Smith Inquiry.

After your broadcast of 1975 the leader of a communist group "Straight Left" notified Civil Service of his interest in defending a civil servant (me) accused under Official Secrets Act of being Panorama source.

You may know that MI5 interviewed special ministerial advisor Jack Straw about his association with Straight Left. But I think that may have been more to do with the Norman Scott Jeremy Thorpe case of the time.

Thank you again. I think the question to CSA Inquiry can stand alone. Was there a quid pro quo between MIND (Executive was child abuser Peter RIGHTON) and Barbara Castle and Jack Straw and Norman Warner.

MIND would keep quiet after the Panorama expose' and the DHSS ministerial team would drop ideas of inquiries into Sections 37 care homes and six years of child deaths at the Beeches Ixworth.

I think you should be aware that by prior knowledge Dame Janet Smith knew, prior to her BBC appointment, that the Sue Ryder charity was an alleged unlawful police no go area imposed by unlawful MI5 and Special Branch monitoring. Hence she knew that SAVILE abused in that charity of which she had prior knowledge.

Thank you again

Yours sincerely,

Richard Card