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AN MP’s request for details of the investigation into a girl who disappeared more than 30 years ago has been refused.

Iain Wright had submitted a written question in the House of Commons asking if the files into Katrice Lee would be released. She vanished in 1981 aged two in a Naafi in Paderborn, West Germany.

Her mother Sharon and sister Natasha have campaigned for the release of the files while a Royal Military Police re-investigation is taking place.

Defence minister Anna Soubry replied to Mr Wright, who also asked about the progress of the investigation.

She said: ‘Our thoughts and sympathies remain with Katrice’s family.

‘The Royal Military Police continue to investigate her disappearance from Paderborn in Germany in 1981. As the investigation, known as Operation Bute, is still under way, I’m unable to comment further on progress at this time.

‘The original case files form part of this investigation. As such they can be considered for disclosure only when the investigation has been concluded.

‘Liaison officers from the Royal Military Police remain in contact with Katrice’s family to ensure that they are kept up to date about the investigation’s progress.’

Mr Wright is MP for Hartlepool where Katrice’s father Richie lives.

He was stationed with the 15th/19th The King’s Royal Hussars when Katrice went missing while out shopping with her family on her birthday.