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Asked whether the PM supported the idea of a criminal investigation into the Hillsborough tragedy, the PMS said that it was a matter for the relevant authorities to decide on, independently from Government and based on the evidence.

Asked what the PM had in mind when he said “after truth comes justice”, the PMS said that it was for the Attorney General to decide whether to apply to the High Court to quash the original inquest. The PM said that he thought the evidence had raised new questions that needed to be examined. It was right that the Attorney General, acting in his independent capacity, examined that issue just as it is right for the relevant authorities to consider other issues, such as the case for a criminal investigation.

Asked whether it was possible that the Home Secretary might ask the IPCC to look at the conduct of the South Yorkshire Police, the PMS said that it was for the IPCC to make a judgement.

Asked whether the Home Secretary was likely to make any further comment on the Hillsborough report, the PMS said that these issues were for other organisations to consider. The Government’s role had been to ensure that the independent panel was able to do its job properly by making available appropriate documents, including cabinet papers.

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