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Alleged Payment of Home Office Funding to the Paedophile Information Exchange, Final Report

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Date Published
July 2014
33 pages
This report presents the findings of an investigation of the validity of allegations in the British media that the Voluntary Services Unit (VSU) within the Home Office had provided funds to an organization called the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) at some time during the 1970s.
The investigation focused on the period 1973 to 1985, starting with the year VSU began to the year after PIE disbanded. The investigation's overall conclusion is that there is no evidence that supports the allegation that VSU provided direct funding to PIE. There was evidence, however, of connections between PIE and a number of other organizations, two of which received grant funding from VSU. There was no evidence that either of these organizations used this funding to support PIE. The investigation included an extensive review of both archived records and open-source information, as well as a review of evidence from former Home Office staff, including the individual who originally made the allegations. PIE's stated objectives included campaigning for changes in the law so as to permit sexual activities between adults and children, counseling those of pedophile orientation, and putting them in touch with one another, as well providing assistance to those facing criminal charges for sexual acts with children. During its existence, the VSU was responsible for providing funding to voluntary organizations/projects that were not the direct responsibility of any single government department, or when responsibilities spanned the interest of more than one department. Extensive tables