DVA chief executive is suspended
A senior civil servant at Northern Ireland's Department of the Environment has been suspended to allow disciplinary proceedings to take place.
Staff have been informed that the chief executive of the Driver and Vehicle Agency Stanley Duncan has been suspended pending the outcome of the proceedings.
Minister Alex Attwood said the action was to allow the issue to be concluded and no inference should be drawn from the decision to suspend one of his department's top officials.
A spokesman for the department said it would be making no further comment.
The minister said: "I have been briefed by my permanent secretary about the matters that have led to these disciplinary proceedings.
"I believe the action announced by the department today is appropriate and proportionate and will facilitate early conclusions to be reached and decisions to be made.
"When these proceedings have been completed I will ensure that the outcome and details of the background to the issues are provided, where appropriate, to the Environment Committee and to the Assembly."
The minister added: "In the meantime it is important that no inferences are drawn about any individual pending the completion of the department's disciplinary proceedings."
The Driver and Vehicle Agency is responsible for issues including drivers' licences, driving tests and MOTs.