The Hutton Inquiry: Some Wider Legal Aspects

William Twining

in Hutton and Butler

Published by British Academy

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780197263297
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734519 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Occasional Papers

The Hutton Inquiry: Some Wider Legal Aspects

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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

Chapter.  9115 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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