The Harbours (Grants and Loans Limit) Bill: Accelerated Passage

Part of Executive Committee Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 11:45 am on 1st December 2020.

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Photo of Nichola Mallon Nichola Mallon Social Democratic and Labour Party 11:45 am, 1st December 2020

All I can do is set out the factual timeline.

I thank all of the other Members for their comments. I thank Mrs Kelly for supporting the intention of the Bill. However, like other Members, she is concerned about the use of accelerated passage.

Ms Anderson raised a number of important points, and I will be happy to address those at Second Stage.

Mr Beggs raised the issue of the strategic importance of ports for trade. I agree with that absolutely. That is why they need to be supported during this difficult time, particularly in the face of COVID. Mr Muir asked about the governance review. Yes, that review is planned, and I am happy to engage with the Committee on it.

I thank all who contributed to the debate, and I ask for the Assembly's support for the position that the motion be adopted.