Child Abuse

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 30th January 2006.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow Minister (Trade and Industry)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2005, Official Report, column 2093W, on child abuse, which further meetings have taken place involving the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, the Police Service of Northern Ireland and senior representatives of the Roman Catholic Church; what information was provided in relation to each diocese fully within Northern Ireland; what information was provided in relation to each diocese that straddles the border with the Republic of Ireland; when he expects to make recommendations; and whether he plans to initiate an independent public inquiry.

Photo of Shaun Woodward Shaun Woodward Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)

Since 14 December 2005, officials from the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) and representatives of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNT) met with senior representatives of the Roman Catholic Church on 20 December 2005. DHSSPS and PSNI are scheduled to meet jointly with senior representatives of the Roman Catholic Church again on 6 February 2006. Since 14 December 2005, DHSSPS also met separately with PSNI on 17 January 2006 and PSNI met separately with legal representatives of the Roman Catholic Church on 17 January 2006.

The Roman Catholic Church has undertaken to supply relevant information relating to allegations of child abuse against clergy to PSNI.

On completion of current consultations, all possible options will be considered including the need for an independent public inquiry and recommendations will be made.

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molijana
Posted on 1 Feb 2006 8:20 pm (Report this annotation)

Is it safe to send your children to church?....looks like we should ask this question.....