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Petition by Mr Chris Daly  
 
Closed Petitions - Petition PE535  
Petition calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to (a) make an inquiry into past institutional child abuse, in particular for those children who were in the care of the State under the supervision of religious orders and (b) make unreserved apology for said State bodies and to urge the religious orders to apologise unconditionally.  
Petitioner: Mr Chris Daly  
Number of signatures: 1  
Date lodged: 19 August 2002  
Summary:

Written Submissions for PE535  

8 October 2002 :   The Public Petitions Committee agreed to write to both the Scottish Executive and the Cross-Party Group on Childhood Sexual Abuse, seeking their comments in relation to the issues raised in the petition. 

25 March 2003 :   The Public Petitions Committee considered responses from the Scottish Executive and the Cross-Party Group on Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse in relation to the issues raised. The Committee noted that the Executive is considering conducting some form of inquiry into this matter and agreed to ask the Executive to provide firm details and a proposed timetable for such an inquiry early in the new session. 

12 May 2004 :   The Public Petitions Committee agreed to write to the Minister for Education and Young People requesting an urgent response detailing any progress that has been made in considering conducting an inquiry on this issue and of the timetable for any such inquiry. The Committee agreed to write to the First Minister expressing disappointment that the Executive has failed to respond to the Committee, despite a number of reminders. 

29 June 2004 :   The Public Petitions Committee agreed to invite the Minister for Education and Young People to give evidence on the issues raised in the petition at its first meeting after summer recess. 

29 September 2004 :   The Public Petitions Committee took evidence from: Peter Peacock MSP, Minister for Education and Young People. The Committee agreed to bid for a Committee debate in the Chamber and in the meantime to invite further views from the Minister for Education and Young People and from the petitioner and other interested parties. 

1 December 2004 :   The Public Petitions Committee held a debate in the Chamber on PE535. The debate was preceded by a Ministerial Statement in which the First Minister made an apology on behalf of the people of Scotland that the abuse was allowed to occur in Scotland. 

22 December 2004 :   The Public Petitions Committee heard from-- Chris Daly (Petitioner) Helen Holland, Vice-Chair, INCAS The Committee agreed to write again to the Catholic Church. 

16 March 2005 :   The Public Petitions Committee agreed to write to the petitioner and to the Information Commissioner. 

25 May 2005 :   The Public Petitions Committee agreed to write to the Minister for Education and Young People. 

22 March 2006 :   The Public Petitions Committee agreed to link consideration of petition PE535 with PE888 and to invite the views of the petitioner on the responses received. 

30 October 2006 :   The Public Petitions Committee agreed to seek an update from the Scottish Law Commission on its progress with consideration of the time-bar issue and seek the views of the petitioner on the responses received. Link to Official Report - 30 October 2006 

20 March 2007 :   The Public Petitions Committee agreed to await the publication of the reports of the Scottish Law Commission and the Independent Expert appointed by the Scottish Executive before deciding what further action to take in relation to this petition. Link to Official Report - 20 March 2007 

15 January 2008 :   The Committee agreed to seek an update from the Scottish Government on how it will take the issues raised in both petitions forward, including its response to the historical abuse review and the Scottish Law Commission report on personal injury actions. Link to Official Report 15 January 2008 

15 April 2008 :   The Committee agreed to close consideration of both petitions on the grounds that the petitioner has achieved a considerable amount with an apology in Parliament by the then First Minister, the publication of an independent expert review report recommending changes to legislation and continuing consideration and announcements emanating from the Scottish Government on action to be taken arising from the petitions. Link to Official Report 15 April 2008 

 
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