The second stage of the Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse Bill was presented to the assembly, on 25 June 2012.
The inquiry, which will be headed by retired High Court judge Sir Anthony Hart, will examine allegations of abuse at children's homes, care institutions and borstals between 1945 and 1995.
Junior Minister Jonathan Bell said its purpose was to determine if there were systemic failures and it would make findings as to the nature of an apology and who would make it.
He also said it would look at an appropriate memorial and would seek to provide redress to meet the "particular needs of victims".
Mr Bell explained the bill would enable the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) to allocate resources to the inquiry.
OFMDFM committee chairman Mike Nesbitt said evidence would be considered over the summer months and a decision would then be made as to whether a request to extend the committee stage would be made.
The second part of the debate can be viewed