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Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Public Inquiry on the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (24 Jan 2017)

Alex Attwood: I concur with the comments of Mr Swann about interference with the inquiry, but I add that there has been a quite transparent attempt by Mr Maskey to create a fog around the fact that this week his party is enthusiastic about a public inquiry and last week was absent without leave from this Chamber on that very issue. Everybody sees through the fog. Given the Minister's proper commitment...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Ministerial Code: Independent Investigation of Alleged Breaches (24 Jan 2017)

Alex Attwood: I thank Mr Agnew and the Greens for tabling the motion, which is consistent with the approach that they have adopted. I will come back to that shortly. I agree completely with what Mr Agnew said in his opening remarks. He said that there needed to be an independent open process to investigate ministerial conduct —

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Ministerial Code: Independent Investigation of Alleged Breaches (24 Jan 2017)

Alex Attwood: Sorry, apologies. I agree completely with Mr Agnew who said, in his opening remarks, that there was a need for an independent open process to investigate ministerial conduct, not least given recent events, and that there will be public anger if the motion is not passed. All of that is consistent with the amendments that Mr Agnew and Claire Sugden moved to John McCallister's Opposition Bill...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Ministerial Code: Independent Investigation of Alleged Breaches (24 Jan 2017)

Alex Attwood: Whatever it is, it is a flip-flop. It is trying to cover your tracks. It is having said to people that everything was all right when things were not all right. People saw through it. That is why Sinn Féin is today supporting something that it did not support less than 18 months ago and why, on the other hand, it has rushed to an election. If there is anything worse than that, it is the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Tourism Strategy (24 Jan 2017)

Alex Attwood: T1. Mr Attwood asked the Minister for the Economy, given his references to the industrial strategy and record visitor numbers, for an update on the status of the tourism strategy. (AQT 696/16-21)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Tourism Strategy (24 Jan 2017)

Alex Attwood: I thank the Minister for his answer. Is it not more accurate to say that the previous Executive failed to agree a tourism strategy, as have this Executive? We have come out of the Year of Food and Drink; we are four months from the Irish Open in Portstewart; and we are two years from the British Open in Portrush. Is this not evidence of failure? Do you recognise that the 2021 anniversary...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Ministerial Code: Independent Investigation of Alleged Breaches (24 Jan 2017)

Alex Attwood: I welcome that you have responded to Mr Agnew's question about whether you will support his proposal. How do you reconcile what you are saying now and your commitment to the motion with the way you voted less than 18 months ago, when the exact same proposal came before the Assembly and Sinn Féin and the DUP opposed it? Will you explain why you have changed your mind — I anticipate why...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Review of Bail Policy in Cases of Terrorism and Murder (24 Jan 2017)

Alex Attwood: Mr Speaker, on the very last point that you raised, I do not intend to cross any lines in respect of due process and the rule of law at any time, including in relation to the ongoing proceedings arising from the murder of David Black. I say that for all the reasons of principle but also reasons of humanity. Like other Members in the Chamber, I attended the home of the Black family and the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Review of Bail Policy in Cases of Terrorism and Murder (24 Jan 2017)

Alex Attwood: I will shortly. — and criminal justice systems in the way that some of the extravagant language has suggested today.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Review of Bail Policy in Cases of Terrorism and Murder (24 Jan 2017)

Alex Attwood: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Yes, there will be cases, in all our experience and in all our communities, that undermine confidence. However, to assert, on the far side of that, that that completely undermines confidence and that the criminal justice system code sees one section of the community getting more lenient trials than the other — that is not based on fact, and we must base our...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Review of Bail Policy in Cases of Terrorism and Murder (24 Jan 2017)

Alex Attwood: — will not be granted bail. That is disproportionate.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Cavity Insulation: NIHE Properties (24 Jan 2017)

Alex Attwood: I thank the Minister for giving way. When I was housing Minister in 2010-11, I conducted a fundamental review of the Housing Executive. It was based upon a number of principles, including protecting the institution of the Housing Executive, its legacy and name. One of the intentions behind that fundamental review was to prepare the ground to enable the Housing Executive to borrow from the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Cavity Insulation: NIHE Properties (24 Jan 2017)

Alex Attwood: I thank the Minister for giving way again. Do you acknowledge that, if we ever get to the point where the Housing Executive can borrow against its stock, the fact that there are now issues and that borrowing from the European Investment Bank will become problematic because of the Brexit decision will impede the Housing Executive's capacity in future to borrow at cheap rates to do the work...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Cavity Insulation: NIHE Properties (24 Jan 2017)

Alex Attwood: Will the Minister give way again?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (19 Dec 2016)

Alex Attwood: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (19 Dec 2016)

Alex Attwood: Further to that point of order.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (19 Dec 2016)

Alex Attwood: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (19 Dec 2016)

Alex Attwood: Mr Speaker, I have to say to you that I do not understand your ruling and how you can reconcile that ruling either with the notice that all of us received in the Chamber or with the Good Friday Agreement, the democratic will of the people of Ireland and our Standing Orders. Consequently, given that you are relying on what you referred to as "legal and procedural advice", I am saying to you,...


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