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 Daithí McKay Daithí McKay Sinn Féin 10:00 pm, 9th February 2016

I thank the Minister for taking an intervention. I know that he is probably in a rush to get home to watch 'Spotlight' as soon as he can.

[Laughter.]

The problem is that the SDLP has no alternative Budget. Most oppositions have an alternative Budget to put before the people. Indeed, I long for the days a couple of years ago when the SDLP came forward with a proposal to sell an airport that we did not even own. Perhaps that is the real reason why we are not seeing an alternative Budget, because, the last time the SDLP brought one forward, it had proposals to sell assets that we did not even have.