Disaster papers to be aired

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The Government is “happy” for all documents relating to the Hillsborough disaster to be released, the Cabinet Office says.

Until now, ministers have failed to officially support calls for all the reports about the 1989 tragedy in which 96 Liverpool fans died to be made public.

The Government was considering whether to release Cabinet papers should the Hillsborough Independent Panel ask it to as this would be a highly unusual step ahead of the 30-year rule. But after an online petition gained 100,000 signatories, ministers say they will sanction the release of all documents the panel believe should be made public. The panel may put forward its recommendations on which papers should be released in spring next year. A Cabinet Office spokesman said: “The Government has confirmed its commitment to full transparency about the Hillsborough disaster through full public disclosure. All papers had previously been shared with the Independent Panel. The Government is happy for all the papers to be released as soon as the panel so decides, in consultation with the families.”