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Britain to hold inquiry into claims child abuse allegations were covered up

British officials are promising to investigate whether the government and other institutions in the 1980s and 90s covered up child abuse by politicians and others in positions of power.

Home Secretary Theresa May is due to announce details of the inquiry Monday. It follows allegations that abuse claims that were handed to authorities were lost or destroyed to protect wrongdoers.

Prime Minister David Cameron said investigators would leave "no stone unturned to find out the truth about what happened."

Britain has been wrestling with its collective conscience in the wake of revelations that several well-known figures used their positions to get away with abuse for years.

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris was sentenced to almost six years in prison last week after being convicted of 12 counts of abusing girls.