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October Monitoring

Part of Ministerial Statements – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:30 pm on 25th October 2016.

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Photo of Nichola Mallon Nichola Mallon Social Democratic and Labour Party 3:30 pm, 25th October 2016

I thank the Minister for his statement. I ask him to clarify what appears to be a confusion, if not a contradiction, in his statement. In his opening remarks, he said:

"The approach now adopted by the Executive to the monitoring round process no longer requires the submission of bids by Departments."

Flip one page over, under "Internal Reallocations". There he stated:

"It is good practice that Departments seek to manage any emerging pressures internally before bringing forward bids for additional allocations."

Which is it? Are there bids or are there not? If there are bids, as is stated on page 3 of his statement, why do he and his ministerial colleagues refuse to share them with the relevant Committees and the House?