The chairwoman of the inquiry into Scottish child abuse in care has insisted the investigation will be fully independent.
Lady Smith’s comments came at the start of the inquiry at the Court of Session building in Edinburgh.
Its original chairwoman, Susan O’Brien, resigned from the post in July 2016, complaining of government interference.
The probe is expected to last four years, and will look in detail at historical abuse of children in care.
Education Secretary John Swinney has rejected calls for the remit of the inquiry to be broadened.
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