Introduction

Carl Sargeant was a Member of the Welsh Assembly and Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children. He died on 7 November 2017.

On 10 November 2017, the First Minister of Wales, Carywn Jones, announced his intention to appoint a senior barrister (known as a ‘Queen’s Counsel’) to investigate his actions and decisions in relation to Carl Sargeant.

The Terms of Reference are as follows:

“To conduct an investigation into the First Minister’s actions and decisions in relation to Carl Sargeant’s departure from his post as Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children and thereafter.”

You can read more about the Investigation here and more about the Investigator, Paul Bowen Q.C. and his team here.

The Investigation is now seeking information and documents relating to its terms of reference.

What evidence is the Investigation looking for?

If you have information, including documents, relating to our Terms of Reference then we want to hear from you. We have produced a Preliminary Issues List to assist you in identifying relevant evidence and/or information.

How to provide a witness statement

If you have information which you think will be relevant to the Terms of Reference, it would be helpful if this could be provided in the format of a witness statement:

  • Any person who may have relevant evidence is encouraged to contact the solicitor to the inquiry in the first instance at solicitor@iqci.org.uk or 07811 652122. The confidentiality of any such approach is guaranteed.
  • Witness statements may be written with or without the assistance of a legal representative.
  • If you do not have a legal representative, we would invite you to provide a draft statement to evidence@iqci.org.uk. The Solicitor to the Investigation may then contact you to assist you with finalising the draft statement, for example by asking questions for the purpose of clarification or assisting more directly in writing the statement by arranging a meeting at your convenience. The Solicitor to the Investigation can also assist you directly with producing a statement. Please contact solicitor@iqci.org.uk to arrange this.
  • Witness Statements submitted to the Investigation must bear the witness’s full name, correspondence address and, where appropriate, occupation and professional position, on the first page of the statement. The witness’s name should be included in the footer of each page.
  • The statement should end with (a) statement of truth (i.e. formal confirmation that its contents are true); and (b) statement that the witness is willing for the statement to form part of the evidence before the Investigation;
  • Any questions relating to the content or format of witness statements or exhibits should be directed to the Solicitor by email to solicitor@iqci.org.uk

What we will do with the information you provide

You can read our Information Management Policy here, which explains our systems for processing data and provides more detail about how we will handle evidence provided to us.

If you want information including personal data that you provide to be treated as confidential, please make this clear in your covering email along with reasons why you regard the information you have provided as confidential. Information that is provided under express conditions of confidentiality will not be disclosed without the individual’s consent.

After the Investigation concludes, a record of the Investigation including key evidence will be transferred and it will be securely stored. This is in order to comply with the Investigation’s duties under the Public Records Act 1958. Neither the public nor the Welsh Government will have access to this record.

Evidence supplied under an express condition of confidentiality will remain confidential.

How you can respond to this Call for Evidence

We welcome any responses:

  • All information and/or documents should be provided electronically to evidence@iqci.org.uk.
  • Please attach documentary evidence (anything that is not a witness statement) in PDF format
  • Please provide draft statements in Microsoft Word format and complete signed statements in PDF format.
  • If you have any problems providing evidence in this way, please let us know at evidence@iqci.org.uk or contact the Solicitor to the Investigation at solicitor@iqci.org.uk
  • If you are responding on behalf of an organisation, please make this clear.

When should you respond by?

The Call for Evidence has now closed.

The Investigation will not now be accepting any new evidence until the outcome of the Judicial Review claim is known

What if I have any questions not covered above?

Please contact enquiries@iqci.org.uk or call 07811 652122. The Investigation Team will be happy to talk through any issues. If you wish to correspond in Welsh, please let us know and this will be arranged.