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Challenges of running a public inquiry

This event will be asking those who have run some of the country’s most complex public inquiries how they got to the heart of issues.


  • Lord Butler, Chairman of The Butler Review that reviewed intelligence on weapons of mass destruction and published its findings in 2004.
  • Lord Bichard, Chairman of The Bichard Inquiry on child protection procedures in Humberside Police and Cambridgeshire Constabulary following the tragic events in Soham in 2002. The inquiry looked particularly at the effectiveness of relevant intelligence-based record keeping, vetting practices and information sharing. The report was published in 2004.
  • Rowena Collins Rice, Director General of the Attorney General’s Office and Secretary to The Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. Part 1 of the Inquiry was completed and the report published in November 2012.


Peter Riddell, Director of the Institute for Government and a Panel Member of the Detainee Inquiry from 2010-2011. The inquiry was set up to look at whether Britain was implicated in the improper treatment of detainees, held by other countries, that may have occurred in the aftermath of 9/11.

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