The Hillsborough Disaster and Disclosure of Documents

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The BBC has since made a Freedom of Information request for the documents relating to the investigation into the disaster and the information commissioner has ordered their public release.  However the government has appealed that decision.  In a statement, the cabinet office said that it believed the Hillsborough Independent Panel, established under the last Labour government, should oversee the disclosure of documents relating to the tragedy.

An e-petition to release the documents has now reached 100,000 which just goes to show the level of interest that remains.  Margaret Aspinall, who chairs the Hillsborough Families' Support Group, thought it was "absolutely amazing" that so many people had signed the petition prompting attention from the media and politicians. However, she also felt that the independent panel and the families should see the documents before they were released to the general public.  "It has got to go through the right procedure," she said.  Her 18-year-old son James died that day.

The public clamours for answers: what happened before the game, the circumstances on the day, the immediate aftermath, the treatment of families in the aftermath and the subsequent investigations?I would expect that only full disclosure can hope to provide answers to those questions.



Grant Evatt
Senior Solicitor - Personal Injury Team. 

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