Northern Ireland Assembly debates

Tuesday, 7 May 2002

  • Northern Ireland Assembly

    The Assembly met at 10.30 am (Mr Deputy Speaker [Mr McClelland] in the Chair). Members observed two minutes’ silence.

  • Carers and Direct Payments Bill: Royal Assent

    1 speech

    I wish to inform Members that the Carers and Direct Payments Bill has received Royal Assent. The Carers and Direct Payments Act (Northern Ireland) 2002 became law on 2 May 2002.

  • Reinvestment and Reform Initiative

    44 speeches

    I have received notice from the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister that they wish to make a statement regarding the reinvestment and reform initiative announced on 2 May 2002.

  • Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill:  First Stage

    2 speeches

    I beg leave to lay before the Assembly a Bill [NIA 7/01] to make new provision for the payment of general and other grants to district councils; to confer new powers on district councils in...

  • Children Leaving Care Bill:  Committee Stage (Period Extension)

    1 speech

    I beg to move That, in accordance with Standing Order 31(5), the period referred to in Standing Order 31(3) be extended to 26 June 2002, in relation to the Committee Stage of the Children Leaving...

  • Draft Amendments to the  Flags Regulations (NI) 2000

    10 speeches

    I beg to move: That this Assembly take note of the proposed changes to The Flags Regulations (NI) 2000 as set out in the Draft Flags Regulations (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) 2002. The Secretary...

  • Good Friday Agreement

    71 speeches

    I wish to advise Members how I propose to conduct the debate, which has been allocated one hour by the Business Committee. One amendment has been selected and has been published on the Marshalled...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Enterprise, Trade and Investment

    1 speech

    Question Time has been somewhat delayed by the requirements of the two Divisions, the Question having been put before the moment of interruption. I now direct Members’ attention to...

    • Causeway Centre Funding

      4 speeches

      1. asked the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, in the light of his policy to develop natural resource rural tourism, how much funding is available for the development of the Causeway...

    • Knockmore Hill Industrial Estate

      9 speeches

      2. asked the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the number of inward investment companies that have visited Knockmore Hill Industrial Estate in each of the past three years;...

      Industrial Derating

      8 speeches

      4. asked the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what assessment he has made of the impact of industrial derating on the Northern Ireland economy. (AQO 1296/01)

      Electricity Contracts

      8 speeches

      5. asked the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment whether he plans to consider the issue of public bonds for the buyout of electricity contracts. (AQO 1297/01)

      Creagh Industrial Development Site

      6 speeches

      6. asked the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for his assessment of the suitability of the industrial development site at Creagh, in the Magherafelt district, as a strategic...

      Step2

      4 speeches

      7. asked the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what steps are being taken to find a replacement entrepreneur for Step2 in Coleraine, which recently closed down production....

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Employment and Learning

    1 speech

    I wish to inform Members that questions 5, 6 and 8 in the names of Mr Roy Beggs, Mr Conor Murphy and Mr Eddie McGrady MP respectively have been withdrawn and will receive written answers.

    • Student Loans

      6 speeches

      1. asked the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the total funds surrendered from the student loans budget for each of the last three financial years. (AQO 1291/01)

    • Section 75 Obligations

      8 speeches

      2. asked the Minister for Employment and Learning if she is satisfied that all organisations funded by her Department meet the required statutory obligations under section 75 of the Northern...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      8 speeches

      3. asked the Minister for Employment and Learning what plans she has to replace individual learning accounts. (AQO 1284/01)

      Task Force Action Plan

      6 speeches

      4. asked the Minister for Employment and Learning when she will be issuing the action plan for the task force on employability and long-term unemployment. (AQO 1282/01)

      Engagement of Consultants

      6 speeches

      7. asked the Minister for Employment and Learning what assessment she can make in relation to auditors Deloitte & Touche being engaged as consultants to examine the financial position of...

      Further Education in East Antrim

      4 speeches

      9. asked the Minister for Employment and Learning to outline her commitment to further education in East Antrim. (AQO 1287/01)

      Walsh Visa Programme

      9 speeches

      10. asked the Minister for Employment and Learning to give an update on the Walsh visa programme. (AQO 1278/01)

      Adult Literacy Strategy

      4 speeches

      11. asked the Minister for Employment and Learning how she proposes to implement the adult literacy strategy. (AQO 1286/01)

      Report on New Deal

      4 speeches

      12. asked the Minister for Employment and Learning what assessment she has made of the implications for Northern Ireland following the recent UK National Audit Office report on New Deal....

      "University Town" Status

      4 speeches

      13. asked the Minister for Employment and Learning if she will support the proposal to give Carrickfergus "University town" status. (AQO 1265/01)

      American and Foreign Students

      4 speeches

      14. asked the Minister for Employment and Learning to outline the number of (a) American students; and (b) foreign students who studied at (i) Queen’s University, Belfast; and (ii) the...

      Further and Higher Education Funding

      4 speeches

      15. asked the Minister for Employment and Learning how much money has been invested in further and higher education over the past three years. (AQO 1293/01)

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development

    1 speech

    Question 2 in the name of Rev Robert Coulter has been transferred to the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and will receive a written answer. Questions 4, 9 and 11 in the...

    • Funding for the Homeless

      8 speeches

      1. asked the Minister for Social Development to provide extra funding for the homeless in view of numbers rising. (AQO 1298/01)

    • Social Security Benefit Fraud

      4 speeches

      3. asked the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQO 672/01, what plans he has to counter cases of benefit fraud within the Social Security Agency. (AQO 1303/01)

      New Build Social Housing

      8 speeches

      5. asked the Minister for Social Development to specify the number of social housing new build dwellings (a) projected for the years 1999-2000, 2000-2001 and 2001-2002; and (b) whose on-site...

      Purchase of NIHE Homes

      6 speeches

      6. asked the Minister for Social Development what plans he has to speed up the process for tenants to purchase their NIHE homes. (AQO 1288/01)

      Women’s Centres

      4 speeches

      7. asked the Minister for Social Development, in the light of the debate on funding for Women’s Centres on 22 April 2002, what plans he has to deal with this issue. (AQO 1280/01)

      Citizens Advice Bureaux Funding

      4 speeches

      8. asked the Minister for Social Development to detail his plans to address the funding shortfall being experienced by Citizens Advice Bureaux. (AQO 1276/01)

      Townland Names

      4 speeches

      10. asked the Minister for Social Development to detail his Department’s policy on the use of townland names in departmental correspondence. (AQO 1281/01)

      Social Housing in Lagan Valley

      5 speeches

      12. asked the Minister for Social Development what plans he has to provide more social housing in the Lagan Valley constituency. (AQO 1279/01)

  • The House-buying process

    7 speeches

    I beg to move That this Assembly calls for the implementation of procedures to simplify the house-buying process and, in particular, to regulate estate agents and to provide financial concessions...

  • Closure of Limavady Courthouse

    4 speeches

    When I first put in for this Adjournment debate, my voice was a bit stronger. I hope you will forgive me if I take a drink of water now and again to clear my throat. With that in mind, perhaps my...

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