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Children: Abuse

Volume 704: debated on Thursday 9 October 2008

My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Gillian Merron) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I would like to inform Parliament that we have established today a mechanism to compensate the victims of past child sex abuse on Pitcairn identified during Operation Unique who co-operated with the authorities in bringing the assailants to justice. Details of the scheme have been published on the island and the Government of Pitcairn’s website at www.pitcairn.pn. Applications will be accepted until 31 March 2009 from people who believe they may be eligible.

The deputy governor of Pitcairn is working closely with the UK Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, which will advise her on the levels of compensation to award linked to the amounts awarded in the UK.