RHI: Lessons

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Finance – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 18th October 2021.

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Photo of Conor Murphy Conor Murphy Sinn Féin 3:15 pm, 18th October 2021

The RHI inquiry report has finally been through Executive clearance. The Member will know that the subcommittee met for some time when the Executive were reformed. All parties in the Executive were involved in the subcommittee that produced the report that deals with the recommendations. We therefore now have an agreed corporate response from the Executive. It was published on 6 October. The corporate response looks at issues relating to the codes and the strengthening of accountability and transparency, as well as at broader issues of Civil Service performance and recruitment.

The response has therefore been published. I want to ensure that we continue with the reform programme arising from the lessons learned from RHI and bring reform forward so that we have a better system and can ensure that such a scheme can never again be conceived, operated, developed and conducted in the same manner as the RHI was.