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Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Tourism VAT (19 May 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Karen McKevitt: I welcome the opportunity to support the call to examine the benefits that a reduced rate of VAT would have on our tourism and hospitality industry. I am particularly pleased that we have the opportunity to debate it the week leading up to the Irish Open in my constituency of South Down. I will also take this opportunity to congratulate Minister Foster on her new role. It is great that she...

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

Leslie Cree: This is a very timely motion that seeks to address a major issue facing society. The original motion is worthy of support, but it is too modest in its scope; it focuses only on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure. We should surely be seeking to broaden this initiative out across all Departments and their arm's-length bodies and to place the onus on the Executive as a whole. That is...

Message to Attend the Lords Commissioners: Election of Speaker (18 May 2015)

Angus Robertson: ...right hon. and hon. Friends on the Benches of the Scottish National party, I extend congratulations to the Father of the House and to you, Mr Speaker, on your reappointment by the whole House. Before you assumed the role of Speaker, you committed yourself to fairness across the House—to Back Benchers and to all political parties. In the previous Parliament, that was particularly...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health, Social Services and Public Safety: June Monitoring Round: HSSPS Bids (18 May 2015)

Simon Hamilton: ...that the Executive have. At 񋳻 billion, it is close to half of the total Budget. It is a lot of money. Given the Member's position as Chair of the Committee, she will appreciate, probably more than most, that while, on the face of it, you would think that spending that amount of money would be sufficient to provide the highest standard of health and social care for a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Community and Voluntary Sector: Funding Cuts (18 May 2015)

Anna Lo: Thank you. There has not been a very strategic approach taken by the Executive, in particular by the DUP and Sinn F閕n, to decision-making, coordination and budget setting. However, it is important that we do not generalise and say that all Ministers have taken the same approach or made similar decisions that have impacted on the voluntary and community sector. I know that the...

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

Maeve McLaughlin: Go raibh maith agat. I thank the Member for the opportunity to speak on this topic. However, it is a difficult and emotive subject for all of us but one that, nonetheless, requires the House's reflection and, indeed, action. I want to take the opportunity to welcome and congratulate the new Health Minister on his appointment. I appreciate his attendance today and look forward to his...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Nursery Schools: East Belfast (12 May 2015)

John O'Dowd: So, neither of us know the number — we can confirm that. However, we know that the vast majority of pupils have been placed. There is a difference between nurseries being oversubscribed and insufficient places being available in an area. It may well be the case that parents do not get the nursery school places that they bid for. Nevertheless, we have made changes over the years....

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

Oliver McMullan: I, too, congratulate the Minister on her appointment. Does she understand that the majority of children in poverty live in a household where one or two parents are in work, and, in the light of that, will she ensure that those families are less dependent on welfare by providing those in the public sector with a 1% increase in their basic wage?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Natural Environment Fund (12 May 2015)

Mark Durkan: I thank the Member for that question. I refer back to my answer to a listed question from Mr Maginness, and even that was pre-empted by a supplementary question from Ms Lo. Those questions related to the natural environment fund, which opened on 1 May. To my knowledge, to date, there have been 22 applications, or 22 groups are involved in the process. As for the criteria, we are looking at...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Committee for Social Development: Report of Inquiry into Allegations Arising from BBC NI 'Spotlight' Programme (12 May 2015)

Alex Maskey: I beg to move That this Assembly notes the report of the Committee for Social Development on phase 3 of its inquiry into allegations, arising from a BBC NI Spotlight programme aired on 3 July 2013, of impropriety or irregularity relating to NIHE managed contracts and consideration of any resulting actions [NIA 222/11-16], which deals specifically with decision-making relating to the award,...

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

Stephen Farry: I will address this and the subsequent regulation. I seek the Assembly’s approval of the Shared Parental Leave Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015, which are subject to the confirmatory procedure as laid down in the parent legislation, the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996. They were made on 2 March 2015 and came into operation on 15 March 2015. The regulations need to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Public Services Ombudsperson Bill: Ad Hoc Committee (11 May 2015)

Roy Beggs: The motion will be treated as a business motion. Therefore, there will be no debate. Resolved: That, as provided for in Standing Order 53(1), this Assembly appoints an Ad Hoc Committee to consider the Public Services Ombudsperson Bill; and to submit a report to the Assembly by 30 June 2015. Composition: Democratic Unionist Party, 4; Sinn F閕n, 3; Ulster Unionist Party, 1; Social...

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

Mike Nesbitt: I beg to move That the Ombudsman and Commissioner for Complaints (Amendment) Bill proceed under the accelerated passage procedure. At the outset, I highlight to the House that, for a motion for accelerated passage of a Bill, Standing Order 42(3) requires me to explain to the appropriate Committee the reason or reasons for accelerated passage; the consequences of accelerated passage not being...

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

Mike Nesbitt: I beg to move That the Second Stage of the Ombudsman and Commissioner for Complaints (Amendment) Bill [NIA 48-11/16] be agreed. I am conscious that we have just debated the Committee's motion that the Bill proceed under accelerated passage. In moving that motion, I provided some detail on the Committee's reasons for bringing the Bill and its provisions, as well as the reasons for seeking...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Employment and Learning: European Social Fund (11 May 2015)

Stephen Farry: Mr Speaker, with your permission, I wish to group questions 5, 6, 7 and 9 — I would have included questions 8 and 11 as well, if the Members were here. I request an additional minute for the answer. The European social fund (ESF) is an open and competitive funding programme. Following the conclusion of the most recent application assessment process, the Department offered funding to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Employment and Learning: Education: Adults with Learning Difficulties (11 May 2015)

Stephen Farry: Mr Speaker, with your permission, I wish to group questions 1 and 14 and request an additional minute for the answer. In relation to provision for those with learning difficulties, many students are able to participate in the full range of mainstream provision, with additional support provided by colleges and assisted by my Department's additional support fund, which gives 񋌡...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Broadband: West Tyrone (11 May 2015)

Arlene Foster: I thank the Member for his question. I hope that I have set out what we are doing with the interventions in and around broadband. I am glad that he asked me about mobile coverage. I asked officials about this very recently because I had received a few complaints about mobile coverage dropping in some areas in the west. I received quite a comprehensive update, and I am happy to share it...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: Educational Standards (11 May 2015)

Martin McGuinness: The Delivering Social Change literacy and numeracy signature programme has provided up to two years of additional teaching resource to support schools in their work to improve educational outcomes for our most disadvantaged children and young people. Anecdotally, we are aware of innovative approaches developed by schools. We have received positive feedback about the impact that the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: Summer Camp Programme (11 May 2015)

Jennifer McCann: The summer camps have been designed with due regard being paid to the UNCRC. First, the camps are open to all young people, regardless of their religion, gender, ability or ethnic background. That is in keeping with articles 1 and 2, which state that everyone has those rights and that government must protect young people from all forms of discrimination. As part of the co-design process, a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: Social Investment Fund: North Belfast (11 May 2015)

Martin McGuinness: Three projects in the Belfast north zone worth 񌇤 million have received letters of offer. A further letter of offer for an increasing community services cluster, worth 񋌣 million, has still to issue. That brings total funding committed in the zone to 81 million or 90% of the 9 million allocated to the zone. Work is ongoing on the last project...

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