The chairman of the new Bedfordshire police authority, Philip Hendry, who is also Conservative group leader on the county council, welcomed the decision. He said it was the only way to clear the air. All but six Conservative councillors backed Labour and Liberal Democrat members in their call for the Home Office help set up the inquiry. Mr Hendry said Bedfordshire did not have the money to do it, but it should be done.
'We felt it was very much in the best interests of the police, as well as the best interests of all the people of Bedfordshire, that those questions should be answered. But it seemed to us that the only way we could get an answer to these questions is by an inquiry'.