Here is the final reply to the petition - from Rt Hon Mike Penning M.P, Minister of State at the Home Office for Policing, Fire, Criminal Justice and Victims.
It's probably rather less than I hoped, since the main purpose of the petition was to get across the need for a report to the public, in view of the huge amount of pomp and money which so far has achieved nothing but perpetuate the official abduction line for over 5 years. There is not a word about any report, just a comment that 'an investigation is ongoing', so 'we can't really say anything'.
But, as they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
There are ways we can follow this up.
Thank you one final time to everyone who signed and or promoted the petition.
One final comment: I'm surprised at the estimate of expenditure for 2016-7 only being £95,000 - that's barely enough to cover DCI Nicola Wall's salary plus pension contributions for a year, let alone employing any other staff, doing any 'investigation' or making even more trips to Portugal. It might suggest that they are moving towards 'closure'.
***NEW - Reply received from Mike Penning M.P., Home Office, 6 Jun 2016*** (was: Reasons why the public need a report on Operation Grange: The letter handed in to Prime Minister, David Cameron, on 29 April 2016 in support of the petition