‘Wilson must get off high horse and explain document delay’ – Bradley

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

SDLP Finance spokesperson Dominic Bradley MLA has said the Finance Minister, Sammy Wilson, displayed arrogance and scorn toward the Assembly’s Finance Committee during a Stormont debate this week about the Supply Resolution Main Estimates.

Speaking to Newry Times, the Newry and Armagh MLA said: “The Minister has failed to provide the Finance Committee with the necessary documentation to enable it to adequately scrutinise the Budget Bill. His officials attended Committee meetings for two weeks running without providing the necessary papers to allow us to play our role in examining this vitally important Bill.”

He continued, “We have now asked Minister Wilson to attend our Committee on Wednesday morning to explain why these documents were not available when they should have been. The Minister has asked for accelerated passage of the Budget Bill and the Committee has decided to decline his request. It is of utmost importance that the Assembly Committee has access to appropriate papers and information in a timely fashion to ensure proper scrutiny of ministerial activity.”

“I hope that the Minister will descend from his high horse and attend the Committee on Wednesday giving us a full explanation for his behaviour and this backlog,” Bradley added.

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