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McCausland has serious questions to answer - Maskey

23 July, 2014 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin MLA and social development committee chair Alex Maskey has said Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has serious questions to answer. 

Speaking after the publication of a report which found that Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland misled the DSD committee, the South Belfast MLA said; 

"Nelson McCausland claimed in a letter to MLAs on the committee that he has met representatives of the Glass and Glazing Federation when in fact he was actually met with representatives of an individual company. 

"A senior civil servant was then told to change the record of that meeting in the letter to the committee to back up the minister's claim. 

"All parties with the exception of the DUP took the view, based on the extensive evidence in the report, that the minister deliberately misled the committee. 

"Not only was the committee misled but there was a concerted effort to change the record of the meeting. 

"I would encourage people to read this report. 

"This is a comprehensive report and its findings are very serious. 

"The conclusions of this report will be debated in the Assembly and serious questions will have to be answered by the minister and his colleagues.

"Nelson McCausland needs to explain why he deliberately misled the committee and his party colleagues must also out and say where they stand. 

"The thousands of people on housing waiting lists across the North look to the minister to get on with the job he has been elected to do. 

"Nelson McCausland would be better working to build houses rather than attempting to frustrate the democratic process." 

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