Press Release

Social Development Committee Launches Inquiry

Session: 2013/2014

Date: Friday, 18 October 2013

Reference: SD 01/13/14

The Assembly Committee for Social Development has just launched an inquiry into allegations arising from a BBC NI Spotlight programme which aired on 3 July 2013.

The programme cited a number of allegations, including suggestions that the Minister for Social Development had misled the Committee for Social Development and breached the Ministerial Code.

At its meeting on 4 July 2013 Members agreed to hold an inquiry into the issues raised in the programme, subject to legal and procedural advice.

The Committee Inquiry will examine whether or not there was any impropriety or irregularity relating to NIHE managed contracts and will consider any resulting actions.

The Committee agreed terms of reference for the inquiry on 3 October 2013 and the approach to progress the inquiry on 10 October 2013.

The Committee has made requests for written evidence and oral evidence sessions are expected to begin in mid-November. The Committee aims to conclude the inquiry by end April 2014.


Notes to Editors:

1 Information on the inquiry including the terms of reference can be found on the Assembly website at The minutes of all evidence sessions relating to the inquiry will also be made available on this page.

2 The allegations on political interference in the Northern Ireland Housing Executive were made in a BBC NI Spotlight Programme which aired on 3 July 2013.

The Committee for Social Development membership is:

Alex Maskey MLA (Chairperson)
Mickey Brady MLA (Deputy Chairperson)
Jim Allister MLA
Paula Bradley MLA
Gregory Campbell MLA
Trevor Clarke MLA
Michael Copeland MLA
Stewart Dickson MLA
Dolores Kelly MLA
Fra McCann MLA
Sammy Wilson MLA

The Clerk of the Social Development Committee is:

Dr. Kevin Pelan
Northern Ireland Assembly
Phone: 028 90 521864
Mobile: 07917881639

Media enquiries to:
Sinead Murphy
Deputy Communications Officer
Northern Ireland Assembly
Phone: 028 9052 5938
Mobile: 078 998 64368

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