Northern Ireland

MLA 'concerned' over HET funding

Danny Kennedy
Image caption Mr Kennedy said reductions to the HET budget could affect the quality of the work done by the team

An Ulster Unionist MLA has expressed concerns over the future of the Historical Enquiries Team (HET).

Danny Kennedy said gaps in the PSNI budget could affect the body which investigates unsolved murders.

"The chief constable has recently outlined a substantial hole in the policing budget equating to £25million," he said.

"It is important that we receive assurances around the work of the Historical Enquiries Team."

The Newry and Armagh MLA said he would be seeking a meeting with Matt Baggott to discuss the matter.

"The funding for the HET runs out during 2012-2013 and the operation of this body costs £6million a year," he said.

"The HET are currently working their way through the unsolved murders of the troubles and there are many families who are waiting for the truth to be uncovered.

"Any reductions in the HET budget will primarily affect administration staff, depleting the numbers and quality of the team.

"We may also see many reports into atrocities, such as the Enniskillen bomb, delayed or postponed. This news will be of great concern to the families who will be affected."

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