Monday, 20 April 2015

Providing Information on Historical Child Sex Abuse.

I am grateful to the Orkney Vole for bringing this House of Commons vote  , which seemed to have slipped under our scrutiny radar.

The vote held on the 21st February 2015, sought to introduce a new clause into the Serious Crime Bill to make it easier for those subject to the Official Secrets Act to disclose information on historical child sex abuse.

The intention was that the new clause would amend Section 8 of the 1989 Official Secrets Act, which concerns the 'safeguarding of information' and makes it an offence to disclose information without authorisation.

The proposed new clause would have provided a defence to 'unauthorised disclosure of information' if it was:

  • Germane to an official investigation of, or inquiry into, historic child abuse... and was provided to an officer of such an investigation or inquiry.
Clearly the intention here was to make it more difficult to cover up historical child sex abuse cases in future which in itself was an admirable aim.

Unfortunately most MP's on the Government benches (Conservatives and Liberal Democrats) voted AGAINST this amendment, but with some notable exceptions like Guto Bebb.


Stephen Crabb.
David Davies.
Glyn Davies.
David Jones.

Liberal Democrats.

Mark Williams.
Jennifer Willott.

The amendment was defeated by 295 votes to 233.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

F***ing disgraceful and these are the bastards now seeking to be re elected, well most of them anyway. They ought to be taken out and executed for betrayal of the rights of ordinary people to enjoy a safe and secure life. Treason is not too strong a word for it.