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Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Welfare of Animals Act (26 Jan 2009)

William McCrea: In March 2006, I called on Angela Smith, as the Northern Ireland Minister with responsibility for this matter, urgently to introduce legislation to protect animals from unnecessary suffering. I said nearly three years ago that we needed a short timetable for the introduction of legislation and that we needed actively to engage on this matter. We were told at that stage that the Department was...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Heathrow (Third Runway) (28 Jan 2009)

William McCrea: My hon. Friend will understand that I have Northern Ireland's international airport in my constituency, and that BAA took those slots from Northern Ireland and gave them to flights to international destinations. Does he agree that Heathrow is therefore vital to my constituents, to the people of Northern Ireland and to the prosperity of the Province?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: The Closure of Maghera High School (3 Feb 2009)

William McCrea: I thank Mr Armstrong for tabling the Adjournment debate. It is timely and important, and it has the tremendous support of the community in its desire to retain the services of Maghera High School. I have served as a member of Magherafelt District Council for 35 years and, during that time, Maghera High School has always been a beacon of educational excellence. I pay tribute to the staff who,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: The Closure of Maghera High School (3 Feb 2009)

William McCrea: Does the Member not know that there are other schools with fewer pupil numbers than Maghera High School that are being allowed to remain open? Equality is required.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: The Closure of Maghera High School (3 Feb 2009)

William McCrea: Will the Minister give way?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: The Closure of Maghera High School (3 Feb 2009)

William McCrea: Will the Minister give way?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: The Closure of Maghera High School (3 Feb 2009)

William McCrea: Will the Minister give way?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: The Closure of Maghera High School (3 Feb 2009)

William McCrea: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. The Minister has talked about hypocrisy, which is a serious point of order. The Minister’s colleagues on Magherafelt District Council unanimously implored the Minister to change this decision. Will she tell us whether they are hypocrites also?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: The Closure of Maghera High School (3 Feb 2009)

William McCrea: Were they hypocritical?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Supply Resolution for the 2008-2009  Spring Supplementary Estimates  Supply Resolution for the 2009-2010  Vote on Account (16 Feb 2009)

William McCrea: I speak as the Chairman of the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development, and I speak for a community of which I am very proud. As always, the Committee has been relentless in its robust scrutiny of departmental accounts, and we endeavour to ensure that budgets are met in a prudent manner in accordance with the departmental aims and objectives within the strategic plan. This year has...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage (17 Feb 2009)

William McCrea: Surely the honourable Member for North Belfast cannot get away with this. His senior party — the Conservative Party — recommends that there should be no financial stimulus. [Interruption.]

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage (17 Feb 2009)

William McCrea: I really do feel sorry for the Member; he seems to be rather agitated. Perhaps he should refer himself to his colleague, the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Mr McGimspey. The Ulster Unionist Party cannot have it both ways. Its senior party — the one that does the commanding and demanding — is telling it that there should be no financial stimulus but, rather, that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage (17 Feb 2009)

William McCrea: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I ask that the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development come to the House and make a statement on her Department’s handling of the farm modernisation scheme. There is speculation that the application process for the scheme does not comply with legal requirements, which has implications for the standing of the Assembly and the Executive. The...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: George Best Belfast City Airport (24 Feb 2009)

William McCrea: Does the Member agree that it would be foolish to make a decision in a piecemeal fashion without obtaining a proper strategic aviation strategy for Northern Ireland? Surely it is vital that such a strategy is produced for Northern Ireland. That will ensure that we are doing what is right for the economic advancement of Northern Ireland plc and not for one area of Northern Ireland.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Crime Rate (26 Feb 2009)

William McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the property crime rate in Northern Ireland was in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) the last four months of 2008; (2) what the violent crime rate in Northern Ireland was in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) the last four months of 2008; (3) what the property crime rate in South Antrim constituency was in (a) 2006,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Health, social services  and public safety: Cherry Lodge (2 Mar 2009)

William McCrea: The Minister rightly says that the proposals are not his. However, the final decision will be his. Can he assure me that the very strong opposition of parents and families — not only in Randalstown or South Antrim, but over a very wide area — who will suffer the effects of such a closure, will be fully taken into consideration by him in his determination? What they say must not be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Social Development: Warm Homes Scheme (2 Mar 2009)

William McCrea: It is correct to state that the warm homes scheme is, and has been, very popular. Therefore, it is vital to ensure that as many people as possible across Northern Ireland are able to enjoy its benefits. Will the Minister assure the House that, if those applicants who have expectations — because they have been on the waiting list for a long time — are forced to reapply, they will not be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Peace Process (4 Mar 2009)

William McCrea: No one could deny the Secretary of State's statement that dissident republican terrorists have nothing to offer the community. Thirty years of Provisional IRA terrorism did not have anything to offer the community, either. We can condemn terrorism for as long as we like, but what active steps will the Government take to ensure that we defeat terrorism and allow Northern Ireland to move into a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Northern Ireland Bill (Allocation of Time) (4 Mar 2009)

William McCrea: How can the right hon. Gentleman justify one day of debate in this House and two days of debate in another House? Surely this is the proper place where the elected representatives of Northern Ireland, who are voted in by the people of Northern Ireland, scrutinise legislation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Northern Ireland Bill (Allocation of Time) (4 Mar 2009)

William McCrea: Will the hon. Gentleman be very careful in what he says? The elephant could jump down from the Gallery.


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