Budget Bill: Second Stage

Part of Executive Committee Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 7:00 pm on 9th February 2016.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Mervyn Storey Mervyn Storey DUP 7:00 pm, 9th February 2016

I appreciate the Member giving way. It is easy for Members to come to the House and use general phrases, but when the Member uses a phrase such as "rationalise services", which I have heard other Members use and no doubt will hear other Members repeat later, that is the same as saying that we need more tax-raising powers. Does that mean that we are going to support water charges? Does the Member mean that she can identify those locations where health provision is currently but that will have to close? That is the issue for us all, given the debate that there has been this week about the Manchester experience. Can the Member be specific about what is meant by "rationalisation of services"?