Cover ups of the “horrific events” at Elm Guest House were highlighted during a parliamentary debate last week.

A general debate on the progress of the historical child sex abuse inquiry took place in the Houses of Commons after representations from MPs Zac Goldsmith, Simon Danczuk and Tessa Munt.

The debate at the backbench business committee on Thursday, November 27, spoke about the inquiry to date before attention turned to the Barnes guest house, which is at the centre of Operation Fernbridge.

Mr Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park, emphasised how important the inquiry into all historic child sex abuse cases was and said the "systematic cover-ups" allowed powerful people to be protected and victims left abandoned by the establishment.

He said 12 boys gave evidence in 1982 that they had been abused at the Rocks Lane guest house but all the allegations “simply evaporated”, only resurfacing now.

Mr Goldsmith also told fellow MPs how the Surrey Comet, a sister paper to the Richmond and Twickenham Times, was served a D-notice by the Government in 1984 to prevent it from making inquiries into the guest house.

The debate mentioned the disappearance of a number of documents and logs of evidence linked to the guest house and the disappearance of eight-year-old Vishal Mehrotra in 1981.

Mr Goldsmith said: “Today the Met is investigating allegations that at least three young boys were murdered by this depraved network of VIP and MP paedophiles. Operation Midland is the name of the investigation.

“On the back of that, Vishambar Mehrotra, the father of eight-year-old Vishal, has come forward to say that at the time of his son’s disappearance he was contacted by a male prostitute who told him his son had probably been killed by VIP paedophiles linked to Elm Guest House.

“He recorded that conversation and took it to the police, but nothing happened. Again, the evidence just evaporated.”

The debate closed with MP Karen Bradley concluding a suitable person must be found to lead the “hugely important” work of the inquiry and doing so is a priority for the Home Secretary and the Government.

Speaking after the debate, Mr Goldsmith said: “I’m pleased the debate took place, and that there is a formal record of Parliament taking these appalling issues seriously.

“The very fact that the inquiry is happening has already stimulated far great action by police, and I hope the debate contributes to that.”