Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:00 pm on 17th February 2014.

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Photo of Simon Hamilton Simon Hamilton DUP 2:00 pm, 17th February 2014

Members will remember that it was clearly established in court that there is no legal liability for any payment in relation to equal pay in the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the Department of Justice or, indeed, the Northern Ireland Office.  As I said before, I understand the genuine feelings that people have on the matter.  I am working hard to find some way in which those feelings can be recognised.  Since I last spoke on this issue in the Assembly, I have spoken with the Minister of Justice, and officials from both our Departments have met.  I am consulting with officials to investigate whether there are any possible solutions to the issue that could be considered by the Northern Ireland Executive.