Theresa May has said it was « aware » of a report about the inquiry’s findings which suggested there was « significant and significant potential » for a « lack of confidence » in the findings of the inquiry.
The prime minister was speaking in the wake of the publication of the report, which she has called a « significant development ».
Theresa Doherty QC, the inquiry chairman, has told MPs there is « significant evidence of serious misconduct », and « the committee has already raised serious concerns about that ».
She added: « There is a substantial and legitimate concern about the extent to which there may have been improper influence, and there is a significant and legitimate need for this committee to have that inquiry fully examined. »
In a statement issued later, the prime minister said: « I am aware of the published report and its contents, and the prime Minister will be making a statement about it in due course. »
A spokeswoman for the prime minster said the inquiry had « taken all necessary steps » to ensure the report was « considered carefully ».
« The inquiry is taking all steps to ensure that it is considered carefully and in the interests of all parties, » she said.
« The Prime Minister will make no further comment at this stage. »
A spokesperson for the Health and Social Care Information Centre, which is chaired by the prime mover, said the prime ministers statement « appears to have been based on hearsay » and that the inquiry was « in the process of conducting a thorough and independent inquiry ».
She said the government was « deeply concerned about the report » and was « committed to ensuring that it fully meets the requirements of parliamentary scrutiny ».
The report by the inquiry, commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions, was published by the Daily Mail on Monday.
The report found that the prime secretary, Nick Clegg, had failed to ensure MPs « received the full and accurate report ».
Mr Clegg said the investigation was « not designed to provide an impartial account of what happened at the inquiry » but said there was no need to hold MPs to account.
« It is important to note that this is not a report on the conduct of the committee, nor is it a report of its findings, » he said.
It is understood that there was considerable concern about what the report contained, particularly regarding its allegations about « improper influence » by Mr Clegan.
« This report is a serious development, » the PM said in her statement.
« A lack of confidence in the committee’s report is an enormous and unacceptable problem. »
« We will continue to support them in their work. » «
In response to the report the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said it would be « tough » for MPs to face the inquiry if they wanted to. «
We will continue to support them in their work. »
In response to the report the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said it would be « tough » for MPs to face the inquiry if they wanted to.
He said: There will be tough questions put to MPs in Parliament, and we will do everything in our power to get to the bottom of this and to make sure that MPs get their due.
He added: I think the public understand that if MPs do want to come forward and say that they were not satisfied, it is going to be hard for them to get into Parliament.
Mr Hunt has also said the PMs statement on the report will not « go down well ». «
So I’m sure that they will be able to get through that tough process. »
Mr Hunt has also said the PMs statement on the report will not « go down well ».
« It’s not just about the PM’s personal feelings about the investigation, » he told Sky News.
« There’s going to also be a lot of questions put into the prime ministerial statement about whether this is the right thing to do for the public. »
He added that he would not « throw the baby out with the bathwater ».
The prime minister also said there were « tremendous » questions for MPs and the public to ask about the health inquiry, including how the government would handle the report.
« As far as I can see, we will not be making any statement about the outcome of the investigation because that is a matter for the PM, » she told the BBC.
But it’s clear to me that the public deserve a complete and fair investigation. »