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Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Reservoirs Bill: Consideration Stage (28 April 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

William Irwin: ...over. The Department initially resisted attempts by the Committee to reduce the requirements to one in three for high- and one in five for medium-risk reservoirs. This was because it affected the ability of the engineer to see and assess changes in the condition of the reservoir that could lead to a breach in the dam wall and flooding. However, the Committee felt that these provisions...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Reservoirs Bill: Consideration Stage (28 April 2015)

William Irwin: ...of a flood and therefore allow for a more accurate designation. It was also pointed out that the amendment would create greater flexibility in the Bill to allow for change in designation through, for example, the ability to carry out works that would divert floodwater or change its speed and/or depth. On 17 June, the Committee considered the information provided and voted that it was...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Marriage Equality (27 April 2015)

Daithí McKay: ..., and the state allows people the freedom to make up their own mind on that. Some Churches oppose marriage for same-sex couples, and government should ensure that same-sex couples have the ability to decide for themselves. No one who does not believe in same-sex marriage — no one who does not believe in marriage, for that matter — has to enter into one if they do not want to....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: Racial Equality Strategy (27 April 2015)

Anna Lo: ...for 2013-15 ended on 31 March, and it is not known to the organisations when the new round of funding will finish. Obviously, the two- or three-month gap in funding will negatively impact on the ability of ethnic minority organisations to help finalise the racial equality strategy. Will the Minister consider extending funding to all the organisations that have received funding for the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Marriage Equality (27 April 2015)

Chris Lyttle: ..., which is a legal sexual orientation in Northern Ireland, expects, under the principles of democracy, equal access to state-provided civil marriage. I also believe that, if the faith groups' ability to define and observe religious marriage as they determine is upheld and shown to be a positive experience of marriage, the aspects of that marriage that they hold dear can survive and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Causeway Hospital (21 April 2015)

John Dallat: ..., financially driven report that completely ignores patient-centred local factors. The Assembly had a difficult birth and its adolescence has not been without trouble, but surely the one thing that we must agree on is our ability to make decisions that suit our people present and future, particularly when there is universal agreement on what should happen for the best reasons. The...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Downpatrick Courthouse (21 April 2015)

David Ford: ...has been a recent investment of something in the region of £10 million to improve the way in which the Courts and Tribunals Service operates, particularly with things like an IT system and the ability to have live links in all the major courthouses. It is also the case that it is only the more modern courthouses that have facilities for the proper segregation of vulnerable witnesses,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Water Rates (21 April 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Trevor Clarke: ...that he said in January this year: "[Alliance] believes that we have to be open and honest about the need for serious consideration of the introduction of fair domestic water pricing based on the ability to pay if we are to meet the demands on ... vital public services". — [Official Report, Vol 101, No 7, p53, col 1]. To me, that sounds like water charges. That was in January, and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Sickness Absence in the Northern Ireland Public Sector (21 April 2015)

Daithí McKay: .... Awareness needs to be raised of how a simple measure, such as a return-to-work interview, can be used to encourage individuals returning to work to be open and candid about any problems which may affect their attendance or ability in work. The evidence shows that, at the heart of these measures and at all stages, the importance of staff engagement should not be underestimated. We heard...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Westminster Elections (20 April 2015)

David McIlveen: ..., and we want to use our influence to ensure that Northern Ireland continues to prosper and to be looked on as a serious contender when it comes to foreign companies investing and creating wealth. The ability to set our own rate of corporation tax would be a hugely beneficial tool in making that grow even more. However, there is a huge question mark over whether, in the short to medium...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel: Subcontractors: Payments (20 April 2015)

Simon Hamilton: ...over the last number of years to deal with the issue, which has been highlighted, I suppose, in the very high-profile collapse of some local construction firms. In January 2013, we introduced the ability to have project bank accounts for projects of over £1 million with a significant amount of subcontracting going on. Ten pilots have been chosen for that, and feedback so far has...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel: Civil Service: Voluntary Exit Scheme (20 April 2015)

Simon Hamilton: .... The Member is right to highlight the concerns that I have highlighted to Lord Morrow. Access to that £200 million was absolutely critical in the Stormont House Agreement, as we do not have the ability to access finance from departmental budgets. Ordinarily, that is how schemes of that nature would be funded. We are unable to do that because of the innumerable pressures on our...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Enabling Success: Supporting the Transition from Economic Inactivity to Employment (20 April 2015)

Stephen Farry: ...Members will agree that the figures outline the stark scale of the problem. High levels of economic inactivity represent a major structural problem in our economy, which, if unaddressed, would limit our ability to develop and transform our economic prospects. For that reason, our two Departments have been leading, on behalf of the Executive, on the development of a new strategy aimed at...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Block Grant (14 April 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Simon Hamilton: .... Suffice it to say, the Member and others are right to identify the very serious impact that not being able to move forward with that whole financial package will have on our Budget and on our ability to advance a Budget this year. Several weeks ago, I spelled out that there would be a black hole in the Budget of roughly half a billion pounds. That clearly presents problems for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Planning: Super-councils (14 April 2015)

Mark Durkan: ...policy. Without doubt, there will be a lot of hand-holding to be done, but it is important that that does not become handcuffing and that we are not too restrictive on the new councils and their ability to make their own decisions.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Climate Change: Prosperity Agreements (14 April 2015)

Mark Durkan: ...think it is very much a central plank of what new councils could and should be doing. Regarding the powers that have transferred to allow them to do that, councils clearly have in their own gift the ability to have their own waste policies. Many of them do, and they are working together in their new councils to formulate waste policies that not only prove to be good value to the ratepayer...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: UDR Four (14 April 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Edwin Poots: ...took place between the two aforesaid Members, which would open the doors in a way that would lead to hundreds of millions of pounds in compensation having to be paid. I think that Minister Ford has the ability to look at this, consider the ex gratia payments that Mr Maginness referred to and give proper reasoning and understanding to any compensation that could be paid to Mr Worton. Our...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Teacher Employment: Inequality (13 April 2015)

David McIlveen: ...in the rest of the United Kingdom. That is where we have to be very careful not to fall into a trap. The precedent has already been set. In primary schools today, where a teacher does not have the ability to teach music to primary-school children, the class will move to where such a teacher is for a time, be it an afternoon or a couple of hours, to be taught music. There is no reason...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Employment and Learning: NEET Strategy Forum: Funding (13 April 2015)

Stephen Farry: It is important to recognise, first of all, that we are going through difficult times in our ability to deliver the Pathways to Success strategy, which is the Executive strategy for dealing with NEETs. The forum has been very successful in engaging different organisations from the community and voluntary sector in best practice and in sharing best practice. It has also created our ability to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Employment and Learning: Universities: Globally Competitive (13 April 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Stephen Farry: In the main, I concur with the comments that the Member has made. Our universities are in a very perilous state at present. They have had their ability to generate income restricted by the decision of the Executive to freeze tuition fees. There is cross-party support for that, but we have not seen the same level of revenue investment to meet the shortfall and to match the level of...

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