Further Consideration Stage

Part of Executive Committee Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:15 pm on 26th January 2009.

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Photo of Dolores Kelly Dolores Kelly Social Democratic and Labour Party 2:15 pm, 26th January 2009

I thank the Member for giving way, which is something of a breakthrough for Members — with the exception of Jim Shannon — on some Benches. Will the Member outline when he thinks that poverty, social exclusion and deprivation will not be features of our society and why the clause would not apply to exceptional circumstances? Surely the Executive and the Assembly have a role to tackle those issues on an ongoing, routine and daily basis?