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Budget 2016-17

Part of Executive Committee Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 5:30 pm on 19th January 2016.

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Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP 5:30 pm, 19th January 2016

I thank the Member for giving way. Is it not ironic that in a year when we were told repeatedly by the Minister that there was no funding to spend on research — Scotland for example is putting more money into research, as is the Republic of Ireland — our Department could not find money to put into research? Over the past three years when nearly every other Department was cutting its administration costs, the Department of Agriculture was spending £5 million more on administration.