Belfast Telegraph

Abuse probe payouts 'up to Stormont'

By David Young, PA

The Government has declined to commit to passing legislation at Westminster to implement the recommendations of a major historical abuse inquiry in Northern Ireland.

Secretary of State Karen Bradley said she faced a constitutional "challenge" because there was uncertainty over what approach Stormont ministers would have taken if power-sharing was still in place.

The long-running inquiry recommended compensation for victims.

Northern Ireland Civil Service head David Sterling has said if Stormont is not restored by this summer - when his officials are expected to finish draft legislation - he would ask Mrs Bradley to take it through Westminster.

Mrs Bradley said she would have to "wait and see" what Mr Sterling proposed before making a decision. She said local ministers had set the inquiry to look at the recommendations "and therefore they should act on them".

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