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Stormont Estate

Part of Adjournment – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 8:00 pm on 19th January 2016.

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Photo of Mervyn Storey Mervyn Storey DUP 8:00 pm, 19th January 2016

I thank the Member for that. I will give an assurance that we will look at those additional issues. Having taken cognisance of all the comments that have been made, we will write to the Members present and give you an update on the issues that we will undertake following on from the debate.

In conclusion, we have to take historical, environmental and practical concerns into consideration in any discussion about using the estate, but, generally, if an event can be approved, it will be. Every event is facilitated as well as it possibly can be. I want to place my appreciation on record. When I came into office, I was made aware that we would have this Adjournment debate tonight, and I want to place on record the immense work carried out by the rangers and estate staff, and also include those in relation to the Commission here and those who look after this Building. We are well served by dedicated and professional staff who give a very good impression of the estate and the Building when visitors come, and I trust that we, collectively, can continue to ensure that Stormont estate and the Stormont buildings are the jewel in the crown in relation to our tourism product and the history of Northern Ireland.