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 Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP 3:30 am, 10th September 2007

Funding for Irish and Ulster Scots is a cross-departmental matter. One of the issues is that almost £12 million is spent by the Department of Education on those matters. It is up to the Assembly and the relevant Committees to identify the appropriateness of that level of spending. I will take on board the issues that affect my Department but I ask Members to recognise that the current situation and circumstances are a result of decisions made by direct rule Ministers. There are people outside the House who said they wanted more of that type of activity. I want to equalise things and take them forward in a more balanced way. That is why we are in the House and that is why I am at this Table. I want a more equitable situation in Northern Ireland; others outside the House would prefer discrimination to continue.