T4. Mr Lyttle asked the Minister for the Economy, given that, in relation to the publication of details of the RHI recipients, he has said that he is subject to limitations and has challenges to overcome, to state whether it is his ultimate ambition to publish the names and addresses of all participants and the details of when they applied, and, if so, when he expects to do so. (AQT 699/16-21)
I am not sure if the Member has appreciated or picked up the point I have been making. I appreciate that he, too, may not have seen the full judgement and will want to take a look at it. That is my publicly stated position, and it is a position that I stated in writing to recipients of the scheme. As I believed that there was a clear public interest in having maximum transparency, it was my intention to publish business details and geographical information as well as other information. I still hope to be able to do that, but obviously I will have to reflect on the judgement that has been made.
I emphasise again to the Member and the House that I still hope to be in a position to publish details at some date in the future. I will look at suggestions that other Members have made about releasing somewhat limited data. Anything done will always be done on the basis of trying to have maximum transparency and instil public confidence.