Irish and Ulster Scots: Funding and Parity

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:30 am on 10th September 2007.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 3:30 am, 10th September 2007

Were I a satirist, I might begin my question to the Minister with the words, “Cora my Yogi Bear, a can coca colya.” However, setting humour to one side, the information provided by the Minister confirms what I established from the direct rule Minister last year — that the Irish language obtains 30 times more public funding than the Ulster-Scots cultural outlook. Given that that is the case, will the Minister confirm that the figures he has outlined to the Assembly today will be taken into account when he is deliberating on future budget allocations on the basis of parity for all of the people with a cultural outlook in Northern Ireland?