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Introduce code of ethics in government spending - Flanagan

1 March, 2012 - by Phil Flanagan

Sinn Féin Enterprise Spokesperson Phil Flanagan has called for the introduction of a code of ethics for government spending here. He was speaking after Aerospace, Defence & Security Industry Survey, the umbrella group for companies located here in that industry appeared at the Enterprise Committee to give evidence on an inquiry into Research & Development.

The Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA said:

“Following this morning’s Enterprise Committee meeting, I am very concerned about the levels of funding that Invest NI may be providing to companies operating in the field of weapons development without assessment of where these technologies are used.

“Certainly there is the concern that local funding helps sustain an arms industry which sees weapons deployed in areas such as Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

“The delivery of this government funding, by the admission of an ADS spokesperson, is essential to shoring up this industry.

“I believe that all government funding including investment monies should be subject to a moral code of ethics."

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