The Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Bill 2019-20 was introduced in the House of Commons on 4 November 2019. At the time of writing, the Government has yet to confirm whether it will progress further before Parliament dissolves.
The Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Bill 2019-20 would provide the basis for a scheme to compensate victims of historical institutional abuse. It would also establish a commissioner, to advocate for victims and facilitate the co-ordination of services.
The Bill was introduced in the House of Lords, completing its stages there swiftly. Second reading in the Lords took place on 28 October, with the Bill's remaining stages completed on 31 October. The proposals received cross-party support and passed without amendment.
The House of Lords Library has produced a briefing on the Bill, here.
The Bill's Explanatory Notes are available here.
The progress of the Bill can be followed here.
Commons Briefing papers CBP-8718
Author: Douglas Pyper