Belfast Telegraph

Assembly orders disclosure of Housing Executive report

BY NOEL MCADAM

The Assembly has used statutory powers for the first time to compel the Housing Executive to issue a report into alleged multi-million pound overpayments to contractors.

The full report by consultants Campbell-Tickell has been demanded by the Assembly's Social Development Committee which monitors DUP minister Nelson McCausland and his department.

And yesterday it was confirmed that Speaker William Hay has issued a Section 44 notice calling on the Housing Executive to issue the report.

Committee vice-chairman Mickey Brady said: "This is the first time that the Assembly has used this statutory power so, while I am disappointed that the Housing Executive failed to voluntarily engage with the committee, I welcome the fact that the Section 44 has now been issued."

The Housing Executive said last night it would comply.

The controversy erupted after it emerged the sums involved in the allegations against the firms – PK Murphy, Bann, Mascott and Dixons – were half the £18m Mr McCausland had indicated.

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