Dear Home Office,
in light of recent revelations regarding IPCC investigations into failure to investigate VIP child abuse, the following question seems prudent:
Given the 'independent' nature of the inquiry, does the secondment of members of Home Office staff to the secretariat of the inquiry present possible issues as regards the independence of the inquiry, especially since the Home Office itself must inevitably come under review?
(Not only because former Home Secretary, Leon Brittan is alleged to have been involved in abuse, but also because the Home Office oversees the Police, MI5 and Borders and Customs, all of whom are alleged to have covered up abuse and obscene images. )
I look forward to your reply at the earliest convenience, as this is doubtless a matter of national importance.
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Dear Home Office,
I'd like to seek some clarity on your response to my request, particularly:
3) Who is the ultimate authority that Her Majesty's Government serves?
'Her Majesty’s Government is made up by the elected representatives of the public. As it is
not a permanent body but is instead made up of individuals who must seek re-election
every five years, then it is arguable that the ultimate authority which the Government
serves is the public.'
That being the case, can you please explain the role of the unelected House of Lords in Her Majesty's Government?
What role does the Privy Council play in government affairs?
Also, could you explain the reasons for the Queen's weekly meetings with the Prime Minister?
Reference : T7785/15
Thank you for your e-mail enquiry of 05/06/2015 1:10:33 PM
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