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Budget 2016-17

Part of Executive Committee Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:30 pm on 19th January 2016.

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Photo of Mervyn Storey Mervyn Storey DUP 3:30 pm, 19th January 2016

I thank the Member for giving way. I trust that he was listening, because he is a Member whom I hold in the highest regard, having worked with him for a number of years.

I have listened to the concerns expressed about further and higher education. My predecessor gave a commitment, approved by the Executive, of £5 million. Today, I have given an assurance that we will add £20 million to that. Is it enough? We could go round the Chamber, and people will always be looking for more, but I am listening to the concerns because it is a vital issue.