Naomi Long – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Northern Ireland Office

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Naomi Long on 2015-01-15.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will include Kincora Boys’ Home in the independent inquiry into historical child sex abuse, established by the Home Office, in order to allow potential witnesses not to be constrained by the Official Secrets Act.

Mrs Theresa Villiers

It remains my view that the inquiry chaired by Sir Anthony Hart is the best forum to consider the allegations surrounding Kincora.

As you may be aware the Attorney General for England and Wales has written to the Chairman of the Inquiry and provided an undertaking in the usual format about the admissibility and use of evidence given by a witness who co-operates with the Inquiry. This undertaking covers any offences arising under the Official Secrets Act.