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PSNI need to come clean on cost of visit – Daithí McKay

14 August, 2012

Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has accused the PSNI dodging basic transparency and legitimate scrutiny after they refused an FOI request asking for details of the cost of policing the recent Queen's visit.

The North Antrim MLA said:

“Whatever anyone’s individual view of the British Queen’s visit here, all aspects of its cost to the public purse should be released. We are repeatedly told of the problems with the policing budget here and it is entirely legitimate for the public to be told how much this visit cost them.

"I am very concerned at the decision of the PSNI to refuse, under the entirely bogus rational of ‘National Security’, what is an entirely legitimate request of information under FOI.

“FOI is about transparency and holding public bodies to account. No way can anyone in the PSNI put forward a rational argument that refusing to release figures long after an event like this is damaging to what they describe as ‘National Security’. To many it smacks of a desire to dodge basic transparency and legitimate public scrutiny.

“The PSNI need to come clean on this particular request and put proper procedures in place to ensure that basic FOI demands are in future met without hiding behind what are clearly bogus reasons of ‘National Security’.”

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