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Savile: Independent Inquiry Ruled Out
The Culture Secretary has rejected calls for an independent inquiry into allegations of sexual assault involving Jimmy Savile.
Maria Miller was responding to an urgent question in Parliament put by Conservative Rob Wilson.
Mr Wilson, MP for Reading East, said the BBC had "serious questions to answer" concerning its handling of the allegations. He also expressed concern that an investigation by the BBC Trust would not be sufficiently independent.
Ms Miller said the allegations had "wide-ranging implications for a number of public institutions" but rejected calls for an outside inquiry to restore the public's faith, warning it could hamper police investigations.
"In terms of a wider inquiry, we have a police investigation on-going at the moment," she said. "Everybody would agree that it is really important that those individuals who have been victims know that that investigation can go on unfettered and that that should be our priority at this stage."
Ms Miller confirmed there were several parallel investigations and reviews on the matter being undertaken by the BBC Trust.
"The BBC Trust is there to represent the licence fee payer and it is for them to investigate and rectify these matters," she said.
But Labour leader Ed Miliband said later that the BBC's internal investigations were not enough.
Speaking to ITV1's The Agenda, he said: "These are horrific allegations. In order to do right by the victims I don't think the BBC can lead their own inquiry.
"We need a broad look at all the public institutions involved - the BBC, parts of the NHS and Broadmoor. This has got to be independent."
:: Ms Miller was later forced to deny she was prejudging a BBC inquiry into Jimmy Savile, after she inadvertently accused the corporation of "inappropriately" pulling a Newsnight film into sex abuse claims against the late broadcaster.
Aides said that Ms Miller got her words wrong as she made her statement in the Commons.
A printed version of the speech said that one of the BBC reviews would look into "allegations that an item on Savile was inappropriately pulled from Newsnight", but the Secretary of State in fact told MPs it would address "allegations with regards to the item on Savile which was inappropriately pulled from Newsnight".
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport said that Ms Miller had no detailed knowledge of the decision to pull the Newsnight report, which was dropped last year shortly before the broadcast of BBC tributes to Savile.
what do you think?
The guys dead why waste public money on an enquiry as he's already been found guilty on here and every paper in the country
so we can beat the .... out of the thieving BBC.
My sentiments. aa well
But we pay for the bbc.
Shirley you dont understand what this Enquiry would be about do you? The ultimate out come would be that this sort of thing should never happen again' People like you dont understand so you say unhelpful comments
Don't tell me I don't understand - most of the people around at the time are no longer with us nothing can be proved for definite and its the taxpayer who'll foot the bill
Im defending shirley now.i got to admit i cant understand why the culture secretary is not going to hold an independent enquiry.it feels as jimmy savile has laughed all the way to his the grave.but now an historical instition is being threatened do we really all really want to shouted at by adverts,go compare go compare.remember its a non for profit organisation unlike sky.
Non profit? Are you kidding me? 145 a year off every household in the country! Non profit? Ha ha. And to think you pay that to fed complete and utter lies. Its insulting! They should be paying us. British brainwashing corporation.
The BBC cant be trusted to hold their own inquiry. It looks very much like they covered up savilles crimes when they shelved the newsnight report that would have outed him. Instead they aired tributes to him. Tributes to a peodophile on the nations TV station, very probably with the knowledge of the senior managers. No prizes for guessing the outcome of their internal inquiry. DOWN WITH THE BBC.
Exactly, none of the BBC controllers wanted to know, although it's clear they knew something was wrong and closed their eyes and ears. The internal inquiry will be a lot of "lessons will be learnt"
I bet youve got skytv.
The bbc are the most repulsive, grotesque organisation on the planet. Id almost go as far as calling them satanic. Do yourself a favour- cancel your tv license. Job done.
Peaple natrally need a scapegoat.it should be saviles millions that need to pay up not the police not the bbc or the nhs.if thjs is justice it seriously stinks.
I think this poor bloke should rest in peace.x
Oh.my.god. No independent investigation?! This stinks to high heaven. We already know the bbc covered it all up, and now the police are trying to cover their tracks! Shocking. On the upside i cancelled my tv license ages ago.
THIS IS NOT AN ISSUE FOR THE BBC TO SORT OUT AMOUNST THEMSELVES.THERE SHOULD BE A PROPER INVESTIGATION BY THE GOVERMENT OTHERWISE STAR CELEBS WILL GET AWAY WITH THIS AGAIN.
I wonder how much of the BBC licence payers money has been used to hush this up over the years?