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I appreciate the Member's giving way. My initial apprehension about amendment No 4 is probably the same as that of other Members. It somehow suggested to me that there was a limitation of political discretion. Can I confirm with the Member — he will know this better than me — that any decisions or process that one Minister adopts will not limit any future Ministers, set a precedent of any...
I generally support the group 1 amendments. I bring a level of experience to the debate, having appointed a special adviser. I want to put it on record that not all spads are bad, not all spads are party political: some are there to do the job as interpreted by the Minister who appointed them. My interpretation of the role of a spad was to assist in the delivery of government programmes, to...
Independent MLA for East Londonderry
Entered the Assembly on 6 May 2014 — appointed
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