Budget Bill: Second Stage

Part of Executive Committee Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 10:00 pm on 9th February 2016.

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Photo of Mervyn Storey Mervyn Storey DUP 10:00 pm, 9th February 2016

This just confirms my earlier comment that the election campaign has begun. The Member raises a particular issue that may need to be addressed by his colleagues sitting alongside him on the other side of the House. If that amount of money had been taken out, it would undoubtedly have resulted in a reduction in employment and other pressures. We were in a position in which it was not tenable to do that in that way, so the economics of the party that suggested it have been proven to be flawed. I will allow Mrs Kelly the opportunity to respond.