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Home Office: Independent panel to oversee Hillsborough disclosure

15 December 2009

The Home Secretary has announced the creation of an independent panel, which will be responsible for overseeing the release of documents related to the 1989 Hillsborough football disaster.

The panel’s job will be to make sure the Hillsborough families and wider public receive the maximum possible disclosure of governmental and other agency information on the events that occurred and their aftermath. The panel will also produce a report illustrating how the information released adds to public understanding of the tragedy and advise on options for establishing a designated Hillsborough document archive.

It will also consult with the Hillsborough families, to ensure their views are taken into account.

The Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool, has been appointed as chair, and the rest of the panel will be appointed early in the new year.

Home Secretary Alan Johnson said that establishing the panel was a ‘big step forward towards releasing public papers to the Hillsborough families.’

The Hillsborough disaster

The Hillsborough disaster occurred on 15 April 1989 at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. Ninety-six people died and hundreds more were injured.

Find out more about the panel

Read the terms of reference and the written ministerial statement.