Jersey States delay debate on historical abuse inquiry

The States of Jersey has delayed debate on whether to hold a public inquiry into historical child abuse.

Senator Ian Gorst, the island's chief minister, has put the debate off by two weeks to look at a number of changes suggested by other States members.

The Council of Ministers' suggested terms were to be debated on Tuesday.

They mirror those suggested by UK consultants Verita, which include an independent chairman and two experts from outside the island.

Senator Gorst said he wanted to talk to staff at Verita to see whether the proposed changes would be feasible.

The debate was rescheduled for 29 January.

A three-year long £7.5m investigation by Jersey police into historical child abuse in the island's care homes began in 2007.

Jersey police took 1,776 statements from 192 victims, identifying 151 alleged abusers.

Seven people were successfully prosecuted.

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