Judith Cochrane MLA said: “This Spotlight investigation has raised some very serious questions. Nelson McCausland must provide answers to these issues and release any relevant information.
“It would be normal practice in Westminster for a Minister to stand aside temporarily if serious questions are raised of their actions. Nelson McCausland should consider doing so while any investigation takes place by the Assembly Commissioner for Standards.
“The Assembly and the public have a right to hear from the Minister on these issues. I believe we should consider a special recall of the Assembly for him to make such a statement.”