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NAMA Inquiry: DFP Permanent Secretary

Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:00 pm on 13th October 2015.

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Photo of Arlene Foster Arlene Foster DUP

My permanent secretary, David Sterling, provided oral evidence to the Finance Committee's fact-finding review into the sale of the NAMA Northern Ireland loan portfolio on 23 July 2015. Mr Sterling is available to attend a further oral evidence session should that be deemed necessary.

Photo of Raymond McCartney Raymond McCartney Sinn Féin

Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. Gabhaim buíochas leis an Aire as an fhreagra sin. I thank the Minister for her answer. One of the issues that surrounds the NAMA situation is the idea of claim and counterclaim: sometimes confusion but sometimes evasion. When the permanent secretary was before the Committee, he said that he could not answer questions because of the possibility of a criminal investigation. However, other people have said that he could answer some questions because they were not related. It is a good sign that he is coming back in, because I think that it is in the public interest that he clears up any issues that he can.

Photo of Arlene Foster Arlene Foster DUP

Indeed, I indicated to the Committee just last week that he was prepared to come back, and we await hearing from the Committee as to when they wish him to do so.

Photo of John Dallat John Dallat Social Democratic and Labour Party

We have exhausted tabled questions to the Minister and can move on to topical questions.