Speaking in the Commons, Ms Nandy said: “She set up the inquiry, she appointed the chair, she was the individual responsible for the inquiry’s success.
“She was the Home Secretary in April and she was the only person who had the power to act.” New Zealand High Court Judge Dame Lowell resigned from the inquiry after the Home Office was made aware of concerns about her conduct.
While the Government is widening its own powers to access the information of citizens, it is watering down the public’s right to access the Government’s information.
It follows a string of resignations from the inquiry into historic child abuse allegations, including that of former chair Dame Lowell Goddard who quit earlier this year amid concerns about her professionalism and competence.
Downing Street had said the first Ms May officially knew about concerns was in late July, but inquiry staff revealed issues were raised with the Home Office months earlier.
The Home Secretary described such information, which her department refused to release in relation to her, as “the modern equivalent of an itemised phone bill".
Itemised phone bills have previously been released under the Freedom of Information Act.