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Zero-Hours Contracts (27 May 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Nicholas Boles: ...their work-life balance because of those contracts. He described a number of situations involving individuals who actually welcomed these contracts because of the flexibility they gave them and the ability they provided to respond to other responsibilities, goals or ambitions that they had in their lives. However, that should never be an excuse for complacency or for a belief that this is...

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st day] (27 May 2015) See 9 other results from this debate

John Martin McDonnell: ...are real frustrations within our political system. People whom we represent are angry because successive Governments have not delivered the basics to them—new Labour and Conservative Governments alike. They have not provided people with decent jobs, decent wages or the ability to live in a decent home with a roof over their head and in a decent environment. Unless Governments...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (1st Day) (27 May 2015)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: ...build a northern powerhouse. In addition, others already on my Bench here and other new noble Lords are joining the team. Together, the Ministers in this House are setting the agenda in this country and further afield. That speaks volumes about our ability to refresh and renew our expertise and about the impact that Members of this House can have. For our work truly to connect with people,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare Reform Bill: Final Stage (26 May 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

John McCallister: ...£500 million will not be enough. Such is the economic illiteracy that at least two of the parties in the Assembly are stuck on. That is a very unfortunate place. It would not be as bad a thing if you were not in government and did not have the ability to sign a petition of concern. That is why I will vote with the Minister on this Bill. It is hugely regrettable that the renewal...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Forest Certification (26 May 2015)

Robin Swann: Does the Minister believe that the Forest Service currently has the flexibility or ability to maximise its revenue-raising potential, either through timber sales, asset sales or even land leases?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare Reform Bill: Final Stage (26 May 2015)

Sammy Wilson: ...to make because they will have consequences. If you cannot deal with the issues that we have before us, how can we hope to deal with any more powers being transferred to the Assembly? If we do not have the ability to do that, one of the possibilities — I do not want to be alarmist. We have muddled through crises before in the Assembly, and the only people to have suffered have...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare Reform Bill: Final Stage (26 May 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Alex Maskey: ...for the position that we find ourselves in, have no mandate here whatsoever, whereas the parties around the table here do, and we have a responsibility to discharge that mandate to the best of our ability for the people we represent. Nobody in this room, the last time that I checked, represents any electorate outside these Six Counties.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Tourism VAT (19 May 2015)

Paul Girvan: ...20 February 2015, the delegation presented a petition along with a short poem, which read: "Labour is red, Tories are blue, Here is something important that you need to do. Our VAT rate is crippling our ability to grow, It is putting off tourists, to other countries they go. Please cut the VAT rate and help us create A competitive market for beds and for our plate." There were other verses...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Defibrillators: Interactive Map-based Register (19 May 2015)

Carál Ní Chuilín: ...lifesaving, it is right and proper that there is a strategy for their provision and a database which shows where each device is located and information regarding who can use it. That is critical. With regard to the use of defibrillators and the ability to perform CPR, we must not forget about the importance of providing proper training. Again, this has already been mentioned. It is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Children in the Justice System: A Scoping Study and an Update on the Sentencing Framework (19 May 2015)

David Ford: ...which fulfil youth justice review recommendations, which have provided additional options for dealing with children in the system. These changes have shown that Northern Ireland has the vision and the ability to progress and adapt and that our criminal justice organisations can work in partnership to develop and deliver interventions that are timely, proportionate and effective and which...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Psychoactive Substances (18 May 2015)

Thomas Buchanan: .... The UK Government at Westminster need to look at proactive models for tackling these substances rather than always reacting and playing catch-up with the drug manufacturers, who have the ability to produce a new unregulated product very quickly after a ban comes into play. Legislation needs to be introduced to make it an offence to sell, import, export or advertise unregulated...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Service: Staffing (18 May 2015)

Sydney Anderson: ...radical reductions in staffing levels and the pressures that have been placed on existing staff might have played a part in the fire? Do you further agree that it throws into serious doubt the ability of the directors of Maghaberry to manage the prison on the basis of the current staffing levels, bearing in mind that, over the last five years, there has been a reduction of some 800 staff?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Community and Voluntary Sector: Funding Cuts (18 May 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Sydney Anderson: ...in our society. That is a commendable idea, but we are now witnessing severe financial pressures on the sector, and those pressures are not only stifling its potential growth but threatening its ability to deliver existing services. No one in the sector that I know of is pleading for special treatment; indeed, they accept that cuts are inevitable in the current financial climate....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Suicide Prevention: Londonderry (12 May 2015)

Raymond McCartney: ...is a complex mix of reasons why people find themselves in that position, so when we are looking for solutions or remedies, we also have to look at that complexity. Resources will always add to our ability to combat suicide. We have heard from experts such as clinicians and people who work in statutory provision, as well as in the community and voluntary sector, that they all have a common...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel: Construction Sector: Economic Performance (12 May 2015)

Arlene Foster: ...Britain and beyond. Approximately 60% of the turnover of the top 20 locally based contractors was generated in Great Britain in quarter 4 of 2013. For the top five contractors, that figure was closer to 90%. The ability of local firms to compete for and win work outside Northern Ireland is evidence of the quality of the local construction industry. That said, I recognise the challenges...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel: Welfare Penalties (12 May 2015)

Arlene Foster: Of course, we had a balanced Budget when the Stormont House Agreement was made. There were a number of elements to that, not least the implementation of the reduction of corporation tax and the ability to deal with the £100 million that was loaned to the Northern Ireland Executive. At the moment, given that the Stormont House Agreement has not been implemented, there is, as I think my...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Shared Parental Leave Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 (12 May 2015)

Stephen Farry: ...and shared parental leave and pay. I want to reiterate what I said on many occasions, namely that these measures are not only good for parents but for business and the economy. By increasing employees' abilities to balance their work and family commitments, the new rights should improve employers' ability to retain their best people. By working with their employees to develop practical...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Ombudsman and Commissioner for Complaints (Amendment) Bill: Accelerated Passage (11 May 2015)

Mike Nesbitt: ...of the 1996 Orders, the references to "12 months" are to be substituted with references to "24 months". Clause 2 provides for retrospective effect to avoid any argument or difficulty arising regarding the ability to renew, extend, reappoint or make a new appointment and to give freedom regarding the choice of mechanism. Clause 3 states that the Bill will come into operation on the day...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Ombudsman and Commissioner for Complaints (Amendment) Bill: Second Stage (11 May 2015)

Mike Nesbitt: ...provisions of the 1996 Orders, all references to "12 months" are substituted by "24 months". Clause 2 provides for retrospective effect, to avoid any argument or difficulty arising regarding the ability to renew, extend, reappoint or, indeed, make a new appointment, and will provide flexibility regarding the choice of mechanism. The Committee considered that retrospective effect was...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Employment and Learning: Student Support (11 May 2015)

Stephen Farry: ...we are happy in principle to take forward a consultation on that. I appreciate the arguments that have been made for it, but there are some contrary arguments about administration and students' ability to spend money up front on some of the costs that they face. Two opposing viewpoints need to be considered, but we are certainly happy to test it as part of a consultation. If appropriate...

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