Secretary of State for the Home Department (Theresa May):
In my statement to the House on 7 July, I announced that I was establishing an independent inquiry panel of experts in the law and child protection to consider whether public bodies – and other, non-state, institutions – have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse. I undertook to report back when the inquiry panel chairman and terms of reference for the review have been agreed. I wish to inform the House that I have now appointed the Rt. Hon. Baroness Butler-Sloss, GBE to chair the independent inquiry panel. Baroness Butler-Sloss brings with her many years of experience in the field of child protection and law, and I am confident that she will deliver the thorough, robust and independent review that I have promised.
To ensure that the terms of reference for the inquiry are sufficient to deliver the robust review which is required I have asked that Lady Butler-Sloss agree the final terms of reference with the full panel, when appointed. The inquiry will begin its work as soon as possible after the appointment of other members of the panel