Probe into Hillsborough papers leak
A leak inquiry into the early publication of documents relating to the Hillsborough disaster is under way, the Home Secretary has confirmed.
Theresa May, in response to a point of order, told the Commons the Cabinet Office was investigating how documents made their way to the BBC last week.
Reports last week said then-prime minister Margaret Thatcher was told by a senior Merseyside Police officer in 1989 that drunk Liverpool fans had caused the disaster in which 96 fans died.
Thousands of documents relating to the Hillsborough disaster are currently being reviewed by the Hillsborough Independent Panel in advance of their publication to families.
Raising the point of order, Labour MP for Liverpool Walton Steve Rotherham said: "You will be aware last Thursday a document was reportedly leaked to the BBC on the Hillsborough disaster - cabinet papers from 1989.
"There are many who believe this leak could only have come from either a senior politician, a senior civil servant or by the BBC themselves having access to this sensitive documentation.
"There were also suggestions there may well be further leaks on a drip-drip basis which will undermine the work of the Hillsborough Independent Panel."
Mrs May said: "There is a leak inquiry that has been initiated by the Cabinet Office. I share the concerns which have been expressed in raising the point of order in relation to the impact leaks of this sort have on what is a very sensitive matter in relation to ensuring the full information is put together by the Hillsborough Panel and information in any document I believe should be shown to the families first and should not be leaked to the press in any form.
"The Cabinet Office is undertaking a leak inquiry."