The subject matter of this Inquiry, and the volume of documents likely to be relevant and necessary for the Inquiry to consider in fulfilling its terms of reference, mean that the Inquiry anticipates receiving a large number of applications to restrict the publication of information from police bodies and government agencies. In order to facilitate the processing of large numbers of documents, and to avoid the need for the Metropolitan Police Service (and other state bodies) to repeat identical submissions over and over again when making applications for restriction of information within documents, the Inquiry has adopted a system which uses generic documents to record grounds, submissions and evidence which it is anticipated will be common to many applications for restrictions. The primary function of these generic documents, therefore, is to increase the efficiency with which the Inquiry is able to process the anticipated large volume of applications for restriction over relevant and necessary documents and thereby avoid unnecessarily delaying the substantive progress of the Inquiry.
The Inquiry’s approach to the production of such a generic set of documents is set out in paragraphs 8-13 of the ‘Protocol for the Imposition of Restrictions to the Publication of Documents and other Evidence Produced to the Inquiry by the Metropolitan Police Service’ (‘the Restriction Protocol’). The documents set out in the table below are the Open versions of the generic documents which have been produced pursuant to the Restriction Protocol.
In accordance with paragraph 11 of the Restriction Protocol, Core Participants and the media are now afforded the opportunity to respond to this material; any responses should be provided to the Inquiry by 4pm on 19 April 2018. This is an opportunity for Core Participants to make any observations they wish to make about the Open Schedule, which the Inquiry will consider before finalising the Open Schedule. This is also an opportunity for the Core Participants to respond with their own generic submissions and generic evidence, if they wish to. Any such generic submissions and evidence will be taken into account as the Inquiry considers applications made by the Metropolitan Police Service (and any other state bodies to whom the Restriction Protocol applies) for restriction orders relating to documents.
|19 Mar 2018||Counsel to the Inquiry's explanatory note||Inquiry|
|13 Mar 2018||Open generic grounds for restriction||Inquiry|
|04 Aug 2017||Witness statement of Cairo||Metropolitan Police Service|
|27 Sep 2017||Gisted witness statement of Christopher Farrimond||National Crime
|28 Sep 2017||Witness statement of Geoff Bluemel||National Crime Agency|
|14 Feb 2018||Fourth witness statement of Alan Pughsley QPM||National Police
|22 Jan 2018||Submissions on behalf of the National Police Chiefs' Council||National Police Chiefs' Council|
|22 Jan 2018||Table to accompany submissions on behalf of the National Police Chiefs' Council||National Police Chiefs' Council|
|14 Feb 2018||Submissions on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service||Metropolitan Police Service|