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Budget 2016-17

Part of Executive Committee Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:45 pm on 19th January 2016.

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Photo of Trevor Clarke Trevor Clarke DUP 4:45 pm, 19th January 2016

In case there is any shadow of doubt, I speak in my capacity as an MLA and not as Chairman of the Committee for Regional Development.

I have listened to the debate for the period I have been in the Chamber. My colleague referred to those in opposition today, and some of their comments are interesting. However, contrast that with the good news about the Budget and about the allocation for roads. Given that I am the Chairman of that Committee but speaking in a personal capacity, I think that we have to welcome the commitment from the Minister and the Executive parties about the money that has been released for the A6 project, the A5, Belfast rapid transit and the other projects that are referred to as flagship projects.

The leader of the Ulster Unionist Party may want to reflect on the middle of last year, when his Minister could not keep the street lights on, could not fill potholes and could not give certainty to the industry in relation to fixing or maintaining the roads. There have been announcements in recent weeks about capital investment for our roads.