The Scottish child abuse inquiry is to examine why calls for a public inquiry were initially turned down by the Scottish Government.
Hearings to begin in November will look at the actions of government between August 2002 and December 2014.
It will examine why calls for a public inquiry during this period were “turned down”.
It will consider petition PE535, which was lodged with the Public Petitions Committee at Holyrood in August 2002 and called for an inquiry into past institutional child abuse and for an “unreserved apology” from the then Scottish Executive.
The current public inquiry was announced by ministers in December 2014.
The hearings will take place in Edinburgh, with physical distancing measures in place.
They are expected to conclude in early December.
Applications for leave to appear at the inquiry can be made at www.childabuseinquiry.scot