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Theresa May: Re-opening Waterhouse 'right and proper'

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Plans for a fresh inquiry into allegations of child abuse in north Wales are to be outlined to MPs later by Home Secretary Theresa May.

It comes after a man who claims he was abused by a senior Thatcher-era Conservative said an earlier inquiry did not fully investigate abuse claims.

She says that, given the nature of allegations made about paedophile activity in Wales, the government is right to examine its inquiry.

The Waterhouse Inquiry into abuse at the Bryn Estyn children's home was published in 2000.

She said: "Given the nature of concerns... we need [ensure] what was done in the past covered everything it needed to do."

Reacting to this part of the interview, BBC political editor Nick Robinson said: "Theresa May bizarrely unable to explain why she is launching a new inquiry into child abuse in North Wales."

Correction 10 November 2012: The BBC has apologised unreservedly for broadcasting a report on Newsnight on 2 November over allegations of child abuse which transpired to have involved a case of mistaken identity. As a result the video of the original report has been removed from the website. More details can be found here.


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