Responding to suggestions that budget cuts may see the HET axed, TUV leader Jim Allister said:-
“This further downgrade of the value of innocent victims in our society comes in a week that I received an Assembly Answer which revealed that last year, 2013/14, the PSNI spend £218,800 on hospitality. Of course, £218,800 wouldn’t fund the HET, but it points to a less than rigorous approach to austerity in some quarters if over £4000 a week can be spent on wining and dining.
“Moreover, I must ask how much is to be spent on the dedicated investigation into the pursuit of criminal charges out of Bloody Sunday and by how much is this historically-linked expenditure to be cut, or, is it only the innocent victims of terrorists who are to feel the draught?”
Note to Editors:
Relevant question is AQW 35899/11-15