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Transparency fears as the Minister announces that the “findings” of Sue Gray will be published | Nadhim Zahawi

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Only the “findings” of Sue Gray’s report on the alleged Downing Street deconfinement parties will be published, Nadhim Zahawi said, in another apparent government step away from promising full transparency with what she finds.

The Education Secretary’s comments come after Justice Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday that it would be up to Boris Johnson to decide how much information to release.

The long-awaited report from Gray, a senior civil servant tasked with looking into allegations about a range of parties in No 10 and around government during the Covid restrictions, is due to be completed later this week.

Asked if it would be published in full, Zahawi told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “So the mandate of Sue Gray’s report is that the findings of her report will be made public, and the Prime Minister has promised that he will come to parliament and then make a statement and be scrutinized by colleagues on the findings of this report.

Asked if that meant it wouldn’t be fully published, Zahawi said: ‘The findings of Sue Gray’s report will be made public – that’s the mandate. I think that will ensure public confidence. She can follow evidence wherever it takes her, and that’s exactly what she does.

Asked the same question on Sunday, Raab told the BBC: “Absolutely, the process, that will be for the Prime Minister to decide. But… there will be total transparency. He said he would come back to the House of Commons and make a statement, so there will be scrutiny.

When Johnson initially announced an internal investigation into the allegations, led by Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, he told MPs that a copy of Case’s full report would be deposited in the House of Commons Library, ensuring full access .

However, the formal terms of reference only say: “The findings of the investigations will be made public. Gray took over the process from Case after claiming that his office also held a social gathering.

Although it is expected that the personal details of some staff members will be removed from any published report, publishing the results alone is likely to exclude evidence such as emails, text messages or transcripts interviews, or specific details of what happened in any of the alleged events. gatherings.

Government sources pointed to the results of inquiries into Priti Patel, the home secretary, and Damian Green, the former deputy prime minister, as examples of how those findings tend to be presented. Both were less than two pages.

Transparency fears as the Minister announces that the “findings” of Sue Gray will be published | Nadhim Zahawi

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