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Independent Savile inquiry 'not ruled out', says Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said there "may be a case" for an independent inquiry into abuse committed by Jimmy Savile at the BBC and other organisations.

At his monthly Commons question session on 16 October 2012, Mr Clegg said the government was "not ruling out" an inquiry.

But he said any independent inquiry should not be set up until it was clear it would not be restricted by the police investigation into the claims of sexual abuse.

Mr Clegg also said he had asked himself "how on Earth" the abuse had been allowed to continue "on such a scale over such a long period of time in so many different settings".

He suggested "the dark side of the cult of celebrity" might be to blame, for having "intimidated people from speaking our earlier".

His comments came in response to questions from Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman, who repeated Labour's calls for a broad inquiry into all aspects of the allegations made against Savile in recent days, to be established now.

"Daily revelations are coming forward and the victims of these abuses need to hear firmly the truth is going to be discovered," she said.

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