Further Consideration Stage

Part of Executive Committee Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:00 pm on 26th January 2009.

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Photo of Declan O'Loan Declan O'Loan Social Democratic and Labour Party 2:00 pm, 26th January 2009

I seek clarification from the Member. There ought to be a proper process in which an annual Budget is driven by a Programme for Government, and that Programme for Government should be revised and produced annually as a new document. The Programme for Government is the responsibility of OFMDFM in consultation with all other departmental Ministers. Given all that, what circumstance exists that could not be called exceptional, other than the annual Programme for Government? Does the Member not have concerns that a rejection of amendment No 5 would be an opportunity for parties in OFMDFM to act on matters that are not exceptional and that ought to be properly dealt with in the Programme for Government?