Historic abuse Bill to get second reading in the House of Lords

Julian Smith said he wants to see the Historical Institutional Abuse Bill become law as quickly as possible.

Victims and survivors will move another step closer to receiving redress on Monday as the Historical Institutional Abuse Bill is to be debated in the House of Lords.

The Bill will receive Second Reading in the House of Lords, once passed by both Houses of Parliament, it will finally give victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse access to a compensation scheme.

Victims have been in limbo since a report recommending redress by Sir Anthony Hart's 2017 coincided with the collapse of power sharing.

The absence of a minster means the recommendations, that followed a lengthy inquiry, were never to into place.

Secretary of State Julian Smith MP said: "I am aware that time is of the essence and, in order to speed up delivery of redress mechanisms, I have tasked officials from the Northern Ireland Office to work at pace with The Executive Office and begin preparations for the scheme, once it becomes law.

"We will also provide whatever support is needed to assist the Northern Ireland Civil Service to ensure victims are paid as rapidly as possible.

Adding that the second reading in the House of Lords marks another major milestone on an issue.

"I want to see this become law as quickly as possible and in the absence of a functioning Stormont Executive, I will be working with MPs across all parties to effect this as quickly as possible from Westminster", he added.

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