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MPs to decide on disclosure of 'Hillsborough Files'

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Calls for the full release of documents relating to the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy will be debated in the Commons after a successful e-petition. The petition received the support of 139,000 people, and the Government has said it is committed to "full public disclosure".

The Government will today vow to publish sensitive Cabinet papers on the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, eventually, while rejecting calls for them to be made public immediately.

In a Commons debate on the tragedy, in which 96 Liverpool fans died and hundreds were injured, at an FA Cup semi-final at Sheffield Wednesday's ground, it anticipated that Theresa May, the Home Secretary, will pledge that all documents about the incident will be released after full consultation with the bereaved families.

An independent panel is studying the two million documents, most of which are likely to be released next year. As well as revealing details of an emergency Cabinet meeting called by Margaret Thatcher, the then Prime Minister, the files may shed light on the way South Yorkshire Police handled the disaster.

Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, and who is himself a Sheffield MP, has pressed for the release of the papers, saying in an interview with 5Live: "The truth is the best antidote to people's anger and suspicion, so we have got to get the truth out there. We are saying as a government we will give over all of the Cabinet papers. Everything that is normally the subject of Freedom of Information requests. We give it over to the panel and they can then have discussions with the families."

 "I think everybody accepts this is not the time for people to worry about the reputation of this or that institution," he said.

There has always been a fear that the papers would remain closed to protect the Police, but unless there is full disclosure these supsicions will not go away.


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