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May to order independent sex abuse claims investigation

Home Secretary Theresa May is expected to announce a broad independent inquiry into how public institutions handled allegations of child abuse. Mrs May will give details of the probe as she makes a statement to MPs this afternoon.

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Loss of 'abuse claims' files on an 'industrial scale'

Home Affairs committee chairman Keith Vaz described the loss of more than 100 official files relating to historic allegations of organised child abuse as being on an "industrial scale".

He told BBC Breakfast that he welcomed a letter from Mark Sedwill, the permanent secretary at the Home Office, outlining a a fresh review into the handling of the dossier.

We will want to pose further questions of course, because there's a lot of information that we didn't know was in existence that he's given us in this letter.

But also I think that the Government and Mr Sedwill should work with Parliament in fashioning a set of terms of reference that will satisfy all those who are dissatisfied with the way in which matters have been progressed so far - so I think it's an important step which we welcome.

– Home Affairs committee chairman Keith Vaz

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