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Thank you, Mr Speaker. Like everyone else, I welcome you back to your place. It is good to see you back. Like other Members, from my party and across the House, I support the motion and the amendment. Obviously, we proposed and have worked with other parties to develop them so I will support them. I congratulate the Minister on making this decision. I understand that, in politics, it can...
— because that leads to unfortunate outcomes and dampens our productivity. In welcoming today's motion, I say that we have short and long-term challenges to focus on.
I am grateful to the Member for giving way. Several Members have issues with proposed subsections (8) and (9), and several Members have had issues with accelerated passage. I can understand those. He now seems to be drawing a broader issue with the Infrastructure Minister having the ability to make such decisions. Does he have a fundamental problem with the idea that the Infrastructure...
Social Democratic and Labour Party MLA for Belfast South
Entered the Assembly on 11 January 2020 — appointed
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