Explanatory Memorandum

Inquiry Into Historical Institutional Abuse Act (Northern Ireland) 2013

2013 CHAPTER 2

18 January 2013

Commentary on Sections

Section 5: End of inquiry

Subsection (1)(a) provides that the inquiry ends when its report has been submitted and its terms of reference fulfilled. However, circumstances could arise (as yet unforeseen) in which it would be impossible for the inquiry to continue. Therefore, as a safeguard, Subsection (1)(b) provides for the First Minister and deputy First Minister acting jointly, after consulting the chairperson, to end the inquiry.