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First Minister the Rt. Hon. Peter D Robinson MLA has announced that the inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse will be widened to include cases reported from 1922 to 1995. Announcing the change, the First Minister said:

“We have listened closely to the concerns raised by victims and are determined to ensure that this Inquiry meets the needs of victims and survivors. It is for this reason that we have decided to extend the Inquiry’s terms of reference to include those victims and survivors who suffered abuse from 1922 onwards instead of the previously announced 1945 -1995 remit.”

Notes to readers:

1. The Terms of Reference announced on 31 May 2012 stated that the inquiry would investigate cases between the period 1945 and 1995, however this amendment means that the inquiry will now assess whether there were systemic failings by the state or institutions in their duties towards children under 18 for whom they provided residential care between 1922 and 1995.

2. Victims and survivors may register their interest in attending the Acknowledgement Forum or the Inquiry via the Freephone: 0800 068 4935, the website or via the freepost address below:
P O Box 2080

3. The Acknowledgement Forum element of the Inquiry began its work on 1 October 2012 with a pre-registration process.

4. The formal inquisitorial element of the Inquiry is expected to begin its work once the legislation is in place, after Christmas, and will report in approximately three years’ time. Its findings and recommendations will then be considered by the Executive, which will decide the way forward.

5. The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry Bill is currently going through the Assembly and is in the Committee stage at present.

6. The First Minister and deputy First Minister have set out the amended Inquiry’s terms of reference in a written statement to the Assembly.

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