Asked if the Prime Minister had a view on what sort of inquiry Deepcut should be, the PMOS replied that what was important was people wanted to be assured that we had got to the bottom of the allegations, but the nature of those allegations made it difficult to investigate. The MOD would brief on the terms of the review.
Asked if it was possible that the Government could concede the public inquiry, and close the door completely, the PMOS replied that a public inquiry would not provide the necessary answers. What needed to be done to begin with, was ensure that those allegations could be substantiated, given the problems the MOD had outlined about the lack of witnesses coming forward.
Asked why a set up similar to one used for the Bloody Sunday Inquiry (where members of the Armed Forces were made anonymous) could not be used for this case as well, the PMOS replied that they were two distinct issues because the Bloody Sunday case needed the identities of the witnesses protected, rather than a lack of people coming forward to begin with.
Asked that the reason people were not coming forward was because they were frightened, the PMOS said the question was a presumptive one, but in terms of an outcome, he would prefer to wait, rather than prejudge it.
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