East Belfast MP Mrs Long was speaking after Theresa May reiterated that child protection was a devolved matter while announcing a new four-person panel to serve under Chair Justice Goddard.
Mrs Long said the Home Secretary’s statement was “extremely disappointing” due to the exclusion of Kincora Boys’ Home.
“Alliance, the Assembly, the Home Affairs Select Committee and Amnesty International have all called for Kincora to be included in the Home Office’s inquiry. But the Home Secretary has now ignored that call, making it look as if the Government is unwilling to deal with child abuse cases during the Troubles in any meaningful way.
“It has become clearer recently, with Kincora and allegations over the IRA’s role in abuse, these issues during the Troubles were not handled how they ought to have been. That leaves vulnerable people at risk and without justice. In this particular instance, the state has a case to answer.
“Although the Home Secretary is restating her position, I have written to Justice Goddard to put the case for Kincora’s inclusion and she has indicated she will respond in due course. I will continue to push for its addition and hope she exerts her authority over the terms of reference to help the victims and survivors achieve the truth they deserve.”