Debate on new powers for Hillsborough investigation

The House of Commons will debate emergency legislation to assist the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in their investigation into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster today.

The Police (Complaints and Conduct) Bill will grant two new powers to the IPCC: firstly, to require that any serving officer who is called to an interview is obliged to attend; and secondly, that in exceptional circumstances the IPCC may investigate a matter that has already been investigated.

As legislation currently stands, any officer who is not under investigation by the IPCC may refuse to attend an interview as a witness in any given investigation.

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