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Budget 2016-17

Part of Executive Committee Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 5:45 pm on 19th January 2016.

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Photo of Gordon Lyons Gordon Lyons DUP 5:45 pm, 19th January 2016

I congratulate the Minister on the Budget that he has brought to the House. However, I feel that I should give not just him all the congratulations and plaudits; obviously, the First Minister played a big role. The Minister is familiar with scripture. In scripture it says, "One sows and another reaps". Perhaps that is what we have in front of us today, but the sower and the reaper rejoice together.

I think that we have a very good Budget here. I will speak to a few things that have been said by other Members. The first came from Ms Claire Hanna, a Member for South Belfast. She had a bit of an issue with the Budget. She said that it was not balanced, and she took great exception to the fact that there was borrowing in it. She is getting up on her hind legs; I will certainly give her the opportunity to come back on that.