Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

Part of Ministerial Statement – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 11:45 am on 19th December 2016.

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Photo of Lord Maurice Morrow Lord Maurice Morrow DUP 11:45 am, 19th December 2016

I, too, thank the First Minister for her very comprehensive statement. It is most regrettable that those who have barked and shouted the most about the issue, when there was an opportunity for them to learn some facts around it, said, "We are not interested in the facts", and just walked out. They ran away. The First Minister is to be congratulated on her comprehensive report.

There has been much speculation as to why cost controls were not introduced when the scheme was established. Was any advice given to the Minister in 2012 about cost controls? Indeed, will the First Minister tell us what proposals for cost controls were considered and then rejected by the Minister?