||<p>Victims of historical institutional abuse have shown huge courage and dignity in
their fight for truth and redress and publishing this consultation is an important
step for them. I urge anyone who has been affected or has an interest to contribute
to this consultation and put forward their views.</p><p> </p><p>The UK Government’s
priority in Northern Ireland continues to be the restoration of the NI Executive.
If, despite best efforts, the NI Executive has not been restored by the time the consultation
process ends we will consider what the next steps are in the absence of NI Executive