Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 24th June 2019.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Independent, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will take steps to bring forward legislative proposals before the summer recess, to enact the recommendations of the Judge Hart's report entitled, Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of John Penrose John Penrose The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is determined to do everything in her power to ensure that the victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse get the redress they deserve as quickly as possible. That is why she asked the Northern Ireland political parties to consider the outstanding policy questions identified in the public consultation process and is pleased they have come to an agreement on the best way forward.

The Executive Office is now working with the Office of Legislative Council to redraft the legislation in light of the parties’ recommendations. Their recommendations deviate significantly from Sir Anthony Hart's recommendations. The Secretary of State also continues to engage with colleagues in Westminster on this vital issue.

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