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Manchester Arena Inquiry Terms of Reference: Amendment

Volume 680: debated on Thursday 17 September 2020

On 22 October 2019 I announced an independent public inquiry to investigate the deaths of the victims of the 2017 Manchester Arena terror attack, and the terms of reference for that inquiry.

I have now received a request from the inquiry’s chair, Sir John Saunders, to make a small addition to the terms of reference. The additional text was not explicitly included in the original terms of reference due to the risk of prejudicing a future trial. That trial has now completed and therefore I have agreed that it is in the public interest that the terms of reference should more fully reflect the scope of the inquiry’s investigations.

Therefore the following text will be added to section 1 (ii): “whether Prevent referrals should have been made in respect of Salman Abedi and/or any of his family members”.

The updated terms of reference can be found on the inquiry’s website at

I would like to thank Sir John Saunders for his continued work, and I pay tribute to the strength and courage of all those who will be sharing their experiences to ensure the inquiry can deliver its vital work.