|Inquiry into support for families|
In June 2011 the APPG ran the UK’s first ever inquiry into support for families of missing people.
Each of the four sessions was chaired by a cross-party panel of Parliamentarians, who heard evidence from a range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations. They also heard directly from families themselves, with witnesses including Peter Lawrence, father of missing Claudia Lawrence, Kate McCann, mother of missing Madeline McCann, and Rachel Elias, sister of missing Manic Street Preacher Richey Edwards.
The sessions were as follows (click on the session to read the transcript):
Following the sessions, the co-chairs established 12 recommendations as to how support for families of missing people could be improved. These formed the basis of the Inquiry’s report, which was handed to 10 Downing Street for the Coalition Government’s consideration. In July, Home Office Minister James Brokenshire MP accepted the Inquiry’s overarching recommendation:
"I welcome the timely APPG Inquiry into this important issue and fully endorse the principles behind the Committee's recommendations.
"Protecting vulnerable missing people and providing effective support for families is a critical issue for Government and I strongly agree with the need for a clear vision in this area. That is why I am today accepting the Inquiry's overarching recommendation that Government should set out a cross-government outcomes policy framework for missing persons by developing a missing persons strategy to take forward this work.
"The strategy will be developed over the summer and be published in the Autumn."