Procedures

Call for information

The Panel’s Terms of Reference specified a number of steps that the Panel would take in fulfilling its functions, one of which was to interview and receive relevant information from individuals who were willing to provide information.  The Panel stated publicly that it wanted to hear from anyone who believed they had information relevant to their functions.

  • The Panel undertook to consider all information provided it was relevant to its Terms of Reference.
  • The Panel was required to fulfil its Terms of Reference and to report to the Home Secretary. It was not, however, an investigative or prosecutorial authority and had no remit to build a new criminal case to be brought before the Court.
  • If the Panel was provided with information that, in its judgement, should be handed to the investigating and prosecuting authorities it would do so.
  • The Panel was empowered to interview people who provided information. The Panel decided when to exercise this power and, where so, how those interviews should be conducted. Attendance at the interviews was voluntary.