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Part of Northern Ireland Assembly – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:30 pm on 14th February 2012.

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Photo of Dominic Bradley Dominic Bradley Social Democratic and Labour Party 4:30 pm, 14th February 2012

Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker. I was making the point that the Budget Bill does not anticipate the cuts that are coming as a result of welfare reform, so I am trying to link the two. However, I take your point.

My last question from that respect is: can the Minister guarantee that the Northern Ireland economy will not suffer as a result of the introduction of the universal tax credit, which will cause a reduction in relative income provided to Northern Ireland from London?