The report being led by the Cabinet Office top civil servant Sue gray into the Downing Street shindigs could still be published in full within days.
Sky News has reported that Scotland Yard has not raised any objection to the Gray report being released before the police criminal investigation has ended.
Sky News deputy political editor Sam Coates said,”Gray will consult with lawyers and some officials.
“The Prime Minister and political advisers in Number 10 are not part of this decision, I’m told.”
The Metropolitan Police wrote to the Cabinet Office on Tuesday morning requesting in a formal manner that all relevant information from the Gray investigation be handed to them to support their probe.
Speaking in the House of Commons the Prime Minister Boris Johnson told MPs, “I welcome the Met’s decision to conduct its own investigation because I believe this will help to give the public the clarity it needs and help to draw a line under matters.”
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said, “The PM fully acknowledges the public’s anger and concern about what has been reported, he has taken responsibility for his judgments made and it is right the Met should be now given the time and space to undertake their investigations.
“It will provide the public with welcome clarity and help draw a line under these events and everyone required will fully cooperate in any way they are asked.”
Dame Cressida Dick announced police investigation had been launched at a meeting of the London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee on Tuesday.
Dick said they are looking at “a number of events that took place at Downing Street and Whitehall in the last two years in relation to potential breaches of Covid-19 regulations.”
The investigation was opened as a result of information from the Gray investigation and “my officers’ own assessment”, Dame Cressida added.
Sky News’ deputy political editor Sam Coates said, “This is very serious for Boris. It appears Sue Gray’s report has found potential evidence of lawbreaking and that means the Cabinet Office has been in conversation with the Met Police and this has led to Dame Cressida Dick to conclude that they do now need to investigate.”
A Cabinet Office spokesman said, “The investigation being carried out by Sue Gray is continuing.
“There is ongoing contact with the Metropolitan Police Service.”