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Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Budget 2011-15:  Replacement (22 September 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Danny Kennedy: I thank the Member for his contribution. Let me say that that is the wider problem that needs to be addressed. It needs to be addressed urgently, not only by the Assembly but indeed by the Executive. Difficult and hard choices have to be arrived at and cannot be ignored, because what we as a party did not argue for is that, in the final six months of a four-year term, the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Planning: Sprucefield (22 September 2014)

Mark Durkan: From 1 April 2015, councils will be the planning authorities responsible for determining the vast majority of planning applications in their district. As Sprucefield is in the new Lisburn City and Castlereagh District Council, any applications in that location will be submitted to the new council unless it is classed as a regionally significant application, in which case it will be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Planning: Enforcement (22 September 2014)

Stephen Moutray: 1. asked the Minister of the Environment how long a planning enforcement case takes from the case being reported until a prosecution or forced removal of the reported dwelling or business. (AQO 6637/11-15)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Shadow Councils: Branding (22 September 2014)

Mark Durkan: My Department has not given the new councils any branding guidance or advice. There is no legislative requirement for it to do so, nor, I believe, would it be appropriate. The new councils require a strong corporate brand to enable their stakeholders to identify with them. This makes it very much a local matter that councils are best placed to undertake themselves. My...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Devolved Arrangements (22 September 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Peter Robinson: There clearly is a distinction between the two comments. If I am quoting the former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development correctly, she said the situation was: "perilous — I would actually say untenable". However, all of us know that we are faced with a set of circumstances that arise from issues relating to welfare reform. We are going to be facing costs that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Justice Bill:  Extension of Committee Stage (22 September 2014)

Paul Givan: I beg to move That, in accordance with Standing Order 33(4), the period referred to in Standing Order 33(2) be extended to 27 March 2015, in relation to the Committee Stage of the Justice Bill (NIA 37/11-15). The Committee Stage of the Justice Bill began on 25 June. The Bill is wide-ranging and diverse, consisting of 92 clauses. There are six schedules to the Bill, which is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: University of Ulster:  Magee Expansion (16 September 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Ross Hussey: ...pleased to speak this evening on a matter that affects the maiden city of Londonderry. As you can see, I am the only unionist here to do that, but I am pleased to be here to do so. I welcome the opportunity to speak on behalf of the Ulster Unionist Party in the Adjournment debate on the expansion of the Magee campus of the University of Ulster. In doing so, I am conscious that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Altnagelvin Hospital (16 September 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Colum Eastwood: Members will note that the wording of the motion was designed to be helpful rather than critical. Most of the debate has shown that we have support right across the House for what needs to be done. There is obviously a recognition of the financial difficulties. There is obviously going to be a bit of discussion and debate around why we are in those financial difficulties and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Schedule 2 (Amendments) (16 September 2014)

David Ford: I beg to move amendment No 14:In page 9, line 12, leave out "the first". The following amendments stood on the Marshalled List: No 15: In page 9, line 15, leave out "the first".— [Mr Ford (The Minister of Justice).] No 16: In page 9, line 18, leave out "the first".— [Mr Ford (The Minister of Justice).] No 17: In page 9, line 21, leave out "the first".— [Mr Ford (The Minister...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Clause 1 (Dissolution of Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission) (16 September 2014) See 6 other results from this debate

David Ford: Yes, I can confirm to Mr McCartney that it would not merely have to come to the Justice Committee. Because it is subject to draft affirmative procedure, it would have to come to the Floor of the Assembly and not just to the Committee. That is a double safeguard in that respect. It may be helpful to give Members an example of where I might want to consider a direction under these...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business : Public Petition: Elective Home Education (16 September 2014)

Mervyn Storey: Thank you, Mr Principal Deputy Speaker. I present the petition, which asks the Minister of Education and the Northern Ireland education and library boards to ensure that the education and library boards' policy on home education accurately reflects their legal status, duties and powers, and respects the parents' duty to provide an education. It is signed by 3,360 persons. I...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Tributes to the Rt Hon Lord Bannside, Former First Minister (15 September 2014)

Stephen Moutray: My first real-life experience of Dr Ian Paisley was in the early 1970s when he came to speak at political open-air rallies in the Mourneview estate in Lurgan. I remember him speaking from a platform, which comprised an open-top lorry, to a crowd of maybe some 500 people. Ian Paisley had a charisma that was lacking in unionism at that time. He appealed to all sections of the...

Primary School Places (Bromley) (12 September 2014)

Jim Dowd: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. I was going to come to that. The issue has been resolved in the short term, but its impact persists and it has exposed a severe flaw in the system by which the Department for Education, the Education Funding Agency, local education authorities and local providers procure additional places. Let me detail the chronology of this case. I...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (12 September 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Philip Davies: ...Labour Members argue that we should be judged only on how much money we spend, it does not come as a great surprise, because that is what Labour and Liberal Democrat politicians have always argued for. I remember in the last Parliament asking why truancy under the then Labour Government was so terrible, and the Minister’s answer was: “We’ve spent 1 billion extra...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (12 September 2014)

Jim Murphy: I do not have much voice left to talk about referendums, so let us concentrate on one at a time. I thought the Minister made a good, passionate and personal speech. I am more surprised that the hon. Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh) is intending to vote against the manifesto commitment he stood on at the last general election than I am by anything the Minister said. Labour Members...

Written Answers — Home Department: Asylum: Deportation (12 September 2014)

James Brokenshire: The table below provides the total number of enforced removals of asylum cases to other European countries, in each year from 2010-13. Enforced removals of asylum cases to Europe, 2010-131, 2, 3, 4 Total asylum enforced removals 2010 1,583 2011 1,276 2012 1,068 2013p 1,188 1 Destination as recorded on source database; all nationals returned to Europe. 2...

Written Answers — Home Department: Entry Clearances: China (12 September 2014)

James Brokenshire: Chinese Nationals can visit the UK using a number of visit visas including business, student and other. The number who visited the UK in the last 3 years using an ordinary visit visa, who are most likely to be tourists, is given in the table: Chinese nationals given leave to enter the United Kingdom as ‘Ordinary Visitors’ Number 2011 139,000 2012 157,000 ...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Affordable Housing (12 September 2014)

Mark Harper: The calculation of the cost of about 1 billion for the Affordable Homes Bill was made on Thursday 4th September by Departmental Officials following an assessment of the potential effects of the provisions set out in the draft Bill at Second Reading. The potential cost was estimated using administrative data (Single Housing Benefit Extract) and the department’s policy simulation...

Written Ministerial Statements — Business, Innovation and Skills: Student Support (12 September 2014)

Greg Clark: In a written ministerial statement on 7 April 2014, Official Report, column 1WS, the then Minister for Universities and Science announced proposed changes to disabled students’ allowances which are available to higher education students from England. Disabled students’ allowances are non-repayable grants that assist with the additional costs incurred by disabled students in...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 39 - Defence of slavery or trafficking victims compelled to commit an offence (11 September 2014) See 4 other results from this clause

Sarah Teather: ...be brief, as amendments 89 and 90 are probing amendments. They are designed to clarify exactly what the Government intend in terms of the purpose of schedule 3 and its relationship with the statutory defence. As the hon. Member for Foyle said, the schedule contains a very long list of offences for which the defence created in clause 39(1) will not apply. There are 134 different offences....

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