Hatch Report: Leaked Copy

Oral Answers to Questions — Economy – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 6th December 2021.

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Photo of Clare Bailey Clare Bailey Green 2:30 pm, 6th December 2021

T4. Ms Bailey asked the Minister for the Economy whether the leaked copy of what is claimed to be the Hatch report, which has appeared on social media, albeit he will be too busy to have kept an eye on it or to have read it himself, though his departmental officials will have, is the same as the report that is on his desk. (AQT 1864/17-22)

Photo of Gordon Lyons Gordon Lyons DUP

I congratulate the Member on her ingenuity in asking that question. However, as I said, the report will be published once the Executive make their decision. I will not comment on any leaks before then.

Photo of Clare Bailey Clare Bailey Green

Thank you. Will the Minister assure the House that absolutely no farmland in Northern Ireland will be given over to the fracking industry?

Photo of Gordon Lyons Gordon Lyons DUP

Those will be decisions for the Executive to make. As I said, I hope to bring that paper to the Executive very shortly. A decision will then be made and the report can be released.