Published Thursday, 05 September 2013
Trevor Lunn has defended paying his wife, Laureen, research costs. (© Presseye)
In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph the Lagan Valley MLA refused to disclose which family member he paid for the services citing security fears.
However, on Thursday afternoon, the Alliance representative admitted his wife received payment for research.
The MLA said: "Following my appointment to the Policing Board on May 2011, I took the decision to engage my wife in undertaking research support services in support of my role.
"In line with the requirements of the scheme I made the appropriate declarations to the Policing Board.
"The fact that I had done so is reflected in the Policing Board's annual report.
"At all times I have acted within the Policing Board guidelines.
"As this was a matter for Policing Board there was no requirement for me to declare this in the Assembly register of interest."
Mr Lunn's comments come after it was revealed South Belfast MLA Conall McDevitt failed to declare £30,000 in payments made to his wife for research costs for his roles on both the Assembly and the Policing Board.
On Wednesday the SDLP man announced he was quitting politics over a separate £6,750 payment he received back in 2010 from PR company Weber Shandwick without declaring it.
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