Independent investigation into the alleged payment of Home Office funding to the Paedophile Infromation Exchange: final report

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Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Home Office
Home Office
Date of publication
7 July 2014
Children and Young People
Corporate subject(s)
Great Britain. Home Office; Paedophile Information Exchange
Social welfare
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In December 2013, allegations appeared in the media that the Voluntary Services Unit (VSU) within the Home Office had provided funds to an organisation called the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) at some time during the 1970s. It was reported that a retired employee of VSU had raised concerns with senior management in the Home Office at the time. In response, the Permanent Secretary at the Home Office commissioned an independent investigation, to be led by a senior investigator from another Central Government Department.

The investigation focussed on the period 1973 to 1985; starting with the year VSU began to the year after PIE disbanded. The investigation included an extensive review of both archived records and open source information, as well as reviewing and hearing evidence from former Home Office staff, including the individual who originally made the allegations.

No evidence was found to support the allegation that VSU provided direct funding to PIE. Evidence of connections between PIE and a number of other organisations were established and two of these organisations, Albany Trust and Princedale Trust, received grant funding from VSU; however no evidence was found to indicate that either organisation used this funding to support PIE.

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