Inquiry Panels

After the intial call for evidence, we held a series of inquiry panels to hear evidence from invited witnesses relevant to the Terms of Reference. Those invited include Whitehall departments, Inspectorates, public authorities and advice and advocacy bodies. We also heard evidence from the legal community, the media and from individual claimants who had successfully used human rights arguments in court or to resolve disputes with public authorities.

The Inquiry Panels were held in various locations in September and October 2008. Each inquiry panel was chaired by Dame Nuala O'Loan, the chair of the Human Rights Inquiry. For each session she was joined by a panel made upon one or more of the other Human Rights Inquiry Commissioners: Professor Francesca Klug, Sir Bert Massie and Dr Neil Wooding.

In order to make this process as open as possible, the inquiry panels were, wherever possible, held in public. However, there may have been circumstances when the Inquiry Panel heard evidence in private, for example where the nature of the evidence might have raised issues of the confidentiality or privacy of the witness or others, where giving the evidence in public might have caused distress to the witness or where it would have amounted to a reasonable adjustment under the Disability Discrimination Act.


These are contemporaneous transcripts of the oral evidence given to the Human Rights Inquiry’s 17 days of inquiry panel hearings. They were created by a palantypist who attended the evidence giving session. We have provided an opportunity for witnesses to make minor corrections to their content where the original transcript rendered the evidence given difficult to understand. We have also made minor grammatical edits to make the transcripts easier to read. However, they remain a record of oral evidence and should be read as such and not scrutinised in the same way as a written submission might be.

In certain cases, practical difficulties with the transcription process meant that witnesses had to make more significant edits to their transcripts in order to ensure accuracy. In some cases it has not been possible to reconstruct the evidence given and in those cases the relevant passages have been omitted. This particularly applies to some of the evidence given at the session the Inquiry held in North Wales on 19 September 2009.




Justice, British Institute of Human Rights

The Law Society, Bar Council, The Constitutional & Administrative Law Bar Association, Human Rights Lawyers Association
Advice UK, National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux, Law Centres Federation
Hampshire Schools
17.09.2008 The Information Commissioner's Office
Mersey Care NHS Trust
19.09.2008  North Wales Police
North Wales NHS Trust
Professor Robert Moore
Private testimony Olwen Williams (Not Published)
Citizen Advice Bureau
Age Concern Cymru
Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham, Wrexham County Borough Council

Personal Testimony - Ms. Diane Blood
For more information in relation to Diane Blood human rights case, please visit her website at

Commission for Social Care Inspection, Mental Health Act Commission
Unlock Democracy
General Social Care Council
26.09.2008 ROTA & Stonewall
Improvement and Development
HM Inspectorate of Prisons, The Prison & Probation Ombudsman
Association of Chief Police Officers, Independent Police Complaints
30.09.2008 Personal Testimony Mr. Graham Enderby Scott, Moncrieff, Harbour and Sinclair Solicitors
Children's Legal Centre
Department for Children, Schools and Families
Home Office
07.10.2008 Welsh Assembly Government
Welsh Local Government Association
National Association of Director of Social Services
Public Services Ombudsman for Wales & Information Commissioner
Welsh Language Board (Not Published)
ITV Wales
Personal Testimony - Wendy Thomas
Save the Children
Tros Gynnal
08.10.2008 CSSIW Care and Social Services Inspectorates Wales
Crown Prosecution Service
Welsh Refugee Council

Personal Testimony - Ms. Kirby Jones, Personal Testimony - & Ms. Berverley Stevens

Torfaen Local Health Board, NHS Centre for Equality and Human Rights
Young Carers Network
Funky Dragon - Not published
Children's Commissioner for Wales
Cardiff Law School
Wales TUC
10.10.2008 Healthcare Commission
Ministry of Justice, National Offender Management Service
Liberty - Not published
Children's Commissioner for England - Not published
London Probation
13.10.2008 Mr. Michael Wills
Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform
14.10.2008 Mr. Greg Mulholland
Ms. Meg Hillier
Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman
17.10.2008 Channel 4 News
Editorial Intelligence – Not published
Society of Editors
Daily Mail
The Guardian, The Independent
23.10.2008 Broadmoor Hospital
Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence
Fawcett Society
Audit Commission
24.10.2008 Age Concern, Help the Aged
Police Service Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Policing Board, Mr. Keir Starmer
Andrew Dismore MP
Department for Communities and Local Government
30.10.2008 Department of Health
Independent Academic Research
13.11.2008 British Humanist Association, National Secular Society, Quakers
Faithwise, Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales,Evangelical Alliance, Church of England
The Telegraph - Not published
19.11.2008 Mr Phil Hope, Mr Barry Mussenden
Mr David Howarth

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