Employment and Learning

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:45 pm on 12th March 2013.

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Photo of Stephen Farry Stephen Farry Alliance 2:45 pm, 12th March 2013

I take on board what Mr Ramsey is saying.  However, let me say that, clearly, the people who have to accept the report's recommendations are the board of governors.  It has ultimate responsibility for the running of the college.  It is to the board that the senior management is accountable.  I expect the board of governors to set the tone for what now happens in the college, to put in place an action plan and to ensure that that action plan is fully implemented.  Therefore, while I am aware of what has been said by various trade unions, including AMiE, the clear line of authority here lies through the board of governors.  Again, I say to Mr Ramsey that we must give the board the opportunity and space to get on with the job that the whole House wants it to do and ensure that we have a college in the north-west that delivers the skills that are required to build the workforce and develop the economy in that part of Northern Ireland.