Treasury Solicitor’s Department
One Kemble Street
London WC2B 4TS
[email adress and TSol ref]
18 October 2014
Child Sex Abuse Inquiry: terms of reference for an inquiry
I write in my personal capacity.
I am working with a group of survivors of child sex abuse, in particular to draft a set of terms of reference. I am aware that a Home Office minister told the House of Commons in early September that the Home Office would consult about the terms of reference of the inquiry. I am not aware that any of the survivors with whom I have been in touch have been consulted.
At this link – https://dbfamilylaw.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/csainquiry-draft-terms-of-reference-iii/ – you will find our current draft. I hope to finalise this in the early part of next week.
You will see the stress which is placed on the need for the inquiry being set up under Inquiries Act 2005.
Please pass this immediately to your clients at the Home Office, and confirm to me that this has been done. Further, please take instructions as to whether you can pass on to me the name of an individual (with email address) within the Home Office who is responsible for settling the terms of reference. If you cannot give me a name please let me know why not?
If it comes to it, I would expect a court to be told that this communication from me is notice to your clients of the work on terms of reference that those with whom I am in contact are doing.