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OFMDFM Committee

The UUP's David McNarry told the OFMDFM committee his Armed Forces and Veterans Bill had "no hidden agendas", on 24 November 2010.

The bill makes greater provision for the support of the armed forces and their families.

Sinn Fein's Barry McElduff was unhappy with Mr McNarry's presentation and said he wanted it put on record that "the British army murdered my wife's brother".

Mr McElduff told the committee that they were "not our armed forces" and that the bill was about preferential treatment and "pushing people up the queue".

Alliance party member Stephen Farry declared he would like this bill to go ahead but he was not hearing enough to give the green light to it.

Mr McNarry was told he would be kept informed of the bill's progress. The committee agreed to SDLP's Dolores Kelly's request for legal advice. Sinn Fein's Martina Anderson let go her original request to check that the proper procedures were put in place for this bill.

Jimmy Spratt of the DUP said some comments were "disappointing". He said he saw these suggested procedures as blocking mechanisms by certain committee members.

The committee has until 28th January to write up its report.

OFMDFM committee membership


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