The Home Office has "unreservedly" backed Baroness Butler-Sloss' appointment to oversee an inquiry into allegations of child sex abuse after some MPs claimed she should stand down because of her close links to the establishment.
Baroness Butler-Sloss has had a long and distinguished career at the highest levels of this country's legal system.
Her work leading the Cleveland child abuse inquiry and as president of the High Court's Family Division make her the perfect person to lead this important piece of work.
As the Permanent Secretary told the Home Affairs Select Committee yesterday, the integrity of Baroness Butler-Sloss is beyond reproach and we stand by her appointment unreservedly.
The Baroness says she did not consider the "difficulties" caused by her background and family connections to the child sex abuse inquiry.
Questions have been raised of former High Court judge Baroness Butler-Sloss since her appointment last week.
22 police officers are now assigned to Operation Fernbridge - the probe into claims of a Westminster cover-up of sex child abuse.