Royal household ‘extremely concerned’ at ‘unsubstantiated’ claims, wrote Leon Brittan
By Mark Watts | 29 November 2014
Details can be revealed today of files uncovered at the Home Office that embroil Buckingham Palace in the scandal over VIP paedophiles.
An unidentified investigator from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) uncovered details of the files while conducting a review for the Home Office last year of information that it received between 1979 and 1999 about the organised sexual abuse of children.
The interim report of the HMRC investigator’s review shows that Dickens, the late Conservative MP, passed on a letter in 1983 to Sir Leon, now Lord, Brittan from a woman who “complained that her son had become involved in homosexuality at the age of 16 while he was working at Buckingham Palace [some words at end of the sentence are redacted].”
“The royal household is extremely concerned”
– Leon Brittan, in letter to Geoffrey Dickens, 1984
The report indicates that the woman’s son worked in the palace kitchens, and goes on to quote a letter from Dickens, saying that the 16-year-old then “went to work in Canada, following the end of his employment in the royal household, and that he subsequently worked [redacted few words].”
It suggests that the 16-year-old was given a job in Canada to work for a “top diplomat”, who was “later named in court as a PIE deviant.”
This is a reference to the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), which promoted sex with children, and Sir Peter Hayman, who was identified earlier this month as one of the VIPs who sexually abused boys at Dolphin Square, an apartment complex near Parliament, and other locations in London.
But Hayman, who died in 1992, was a senior officer of the Secret Intelligence Service, better known as MI6, with a military background and royal links, rising to deputy director of the UK’s overseas spy agency.
The disclosures about the case of the 16-year-old are buried in the interim report of that review, which was compiled in April last year but only published earlier this month. It was one of the 10 annexes released along with a further review led by Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC, the charity aimed at preventing cruelty to children.
An abuse survivor, known as “Nick” to protect his identity, named one of his many VIP abusers as Hayman, who was linked under parliamentary privilege in 1981 by Dickens to PIE. Nick picked Hayman out from a collection of pictures that Exaro showed to him.
Hayman mixed with MPs at “abuse parties”, according to Nick. As a result, Nick thought that Hayman was also an MP.
The HMRC investigator found a letter from Brittan, as home secretary, to Dickens in 1984 in which he responded to the mother’s concerns about her 16-year-old son. Brittan indicated that her son had worked at Buckingham Palace for a year, adding: “As far as is known, he went direct to another place of employment, but not to Canada.”
Brittan wrote: “It is extremely difficult to comment on the accuracy of the allegations in the letter.”
“I need hardly assure you that the royal household is extremely concerned at these unsubstantiated allegations and it is, of course, their policy to take every step to avoid an occurrence of such as is alleged.”
An appendix to the review by the Home Office of last year, but also only published with the Wanless report, reveals that one of the department’s files – marked “Secret” – was called: “SIR PETER HAYMAN (1980-81 PAPERS EX-DIPLOMAT INTRIGUING PRIVATE LIFE).”
The file contains details of enquiries undertaken to assess any security implications of Hayman’s conduct. The enquiries did not discover that Hayman “had been involved in the physical abuse of children.”
Nick is a key witness at the centre of the new investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service’s paedophile unit, under ‘Operation Midland’, into historical allegations that MPs and other VIPs sexually abused children at Dolphin Square and elsewhere, as well as the murder of three boys.
Two former police officers, including one who worked in Special Branch, have come forward to reveal how the Met had been blocked from taking action against a powerful group of “untouchable” paedophiles in Parliament.
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