Benefit Tribunals

Part of Northern Ireland Assembly – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:45 pm on 14th February 2012.

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Photo of Mervyn Storey Mervyn Storey DUP 3:45 pm, 14th February 2012

I am listening to what the Member is saying. It begs the question: does the Member believe that the structures that we have put us in a better position to deal with the global downturn, especially if we have concerns about the plans that have been made in other Parliaments? Through measures that we have taken, we have been able to offset some of the challenges and difficulties. If we had no devolution and were under direct rule, our ability to do something different would be absolutely minimal. Devolution is one of the reasons why we have been able to do things that have been beneficial and not counterproductive to the economic situation in Northern Ireland.