The Northern Ireland Assembly has been dissolved. The election will take place on Thursday 5 May 2016.

Terms of Reference

The Committee for Social Development has agreed to inquire into:

  • Decision making relating to the award, modification and cancellation of NIHE maintenance contracts to establish any impropriety or irregularity and, in particular, whether the actions of Ministers were appropriate.
  • Allegations that the Committee was misled by the Minister for Social Development over his decision to seek a review of the specification for the supply and fitting of double glazing.
  • The adequacy of actions proposed by the Minister, DSD and the NIHE to address previous, well documented failings in relation to procurement and contract management.

Should the committee identify any evidence of fraud or corruption in relation to the operation of NIHE maintenance contracts and/or any actions indicating possible breaches of relevant codes of conduct, these will be reported directly to the appropriate authorities.

The Committee will report to the Assembly by end April 2014

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