Budget Bill: Second Stage

Part of Executive Committee Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 9:30 pm on 9th February 2016.

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Photo of Claire Hanna Claire Hanna Social Democratic and Labour Party 9:30 pm, 9th February 2016

I am sure that you have other points to respond to. Does the Minister agree that, as I said, one Committee session is not sufficient to provide scrutiny? The Member asked for alternatives. We have proposed one, and, if you check the record, you will see that it was not to remove £800,000 from the victims and survivors fund. I pointed out that OFMDFM's bloated £14 million administration fund was more than that provided for victims and survivors in total and said that that is the fund from which we hope you will take money to put into childcare. Does the Minister agree that it is not appropriate for us to provide this scrutiny live in the Chamber just before the Budget is being voted on and that it would have been more appropriate to provide that level of detail for all sections of the Budget?