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Hutton and ButlerLifting the Lid on the Workings of Power$
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W. G. Runciman

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263297

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263297.001.0001

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The Hutton Inquiry: Some Wider Legal Aspects

The Hutton Inquiry: Some Wider Legal Aspects

(p.28) (p.29) The Hutton Inquiry: Some Wider Legal Aspects
Hutton and Butler

William Twining

British Academy

This chapter examines the legal aspects of the Hutton Inquiry. It suggests that the Hutton Report is not of great legal significance and that though it was criticizes it was not extreme example of the danger or risks of involving judges in political controversy. The chapter contends that the controversy surrounding the Hutton Report has less to do with the law relating to freedom of information than to the culture of secrecy that has now been more extensively canvassed by the Phillis Report.

Keywords:   Hutton Inquiry, legal aspects, Hutton Report, judges, political controversy, freedom of information, culture of secrecy, Phillis Report

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