Budget Bill: Second Stage

Part of Executive Committee Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 6:45 pm on 9th February 2016.

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Photo of Claire Hanna Claire Hanna Social Democratic and Labour Party 6:45 pm, 9th February 2016

That is exactly the point. The House's job is to scrutinise the Budget. My point is that you have given us almost nothing to scrutinise. You have rushed this through. We appreciate that there were reasons for the rushing through. I gave the potted, disappointing life story of the Budget, but, in many cases, there has been one Committee session for each Department. I have referred to the allocation for Education and the total lack of scrutiny. We are not able to scrutinise the priorities that you are setting out, because you have not set them out. Despite the ideas that parties will set out in their manifestos, they will not present an alternative because you basically have not given us your opening gambit on it. That is the point. I have finished.