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Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Autism (9 Jan 2007)

Paul Berry: I support today’s important motion and welcome the debate. However, it is unfortunate that the amendment takes the focus away from the motion and from the message that Members are trying to send out. We must have a Northern Ireland centre of excellence, rather than one that is cross-border and politically motivated. Such a centre of excellence was hailed by Sinn Féin and others. It was...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Protection for the Elderly (19 Dec 2006)

Paul Berry: As the youngest Member of this Assembly, I support the motion that stands in the names of Lord Morrow and Mr Paisley Jnr. I support the call to protect, assist and develop provisions for the elderly in Northern Ireland. I also support the motion’s call to appoint an interim commissioner for the elderly. It is important that such a commissioner works closely with the two main advocates for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Fire And Rescue Service Draft Integrated Risk Management Plan (11 Dec 2006)

Paul Berry: I rise to support the motion and the amendment. The amendment, placed in Mr Storey’s name, strengthens and enhances the motion. I do not say that from a political perspective, but because an important, clear and concise message must be sent to the Minister, the Chief Fire Officer and the chairman of the Fire Authority for Northern Ireland. I served on the Health, Social Services and Public...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Rural Planning Policy (23 May 2006)

Paul Berry: First, Madam Speaker, I wish you well in your new role, as many Members have done. I welcome the debate, and have found it helpful. I support the amendment and wish to record my total opposition to Draft PPS 14 because of the undemocratic way in which it was announced. The Government, and especially Lord Rooker, thrust it upon the community and elected representatives, who have had to bear...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Fire Services (Appointments and Promotion) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002: Prayer of Annulment (7 Oct 2002)

Paul Berry: I have listened with intent to several Members who spoke during the debate. I listened to the Chairperson of the Health Committee, Joe Hendron, who said that it is important that we widen the pool. As far as I am concerned, our pool is wide enough at present. We have capable men and women in Northern Ireland. Dr Hendron’s Colleague John Dallat can shake his head at me, but I believe that we...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Fire Services (Appointments and Promotion) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002: Prayer of Annulment (7 Oct 2002)

Paul Berry: The Democratic Unionist Party is fit enough to deal with those people. We have heard much about the legal implications. Let us consider the wording. The legal advisers returned to the Department and said that the word "probably" cannot be justified. If that is the legal advice, that person should get the sack. That is not clear guidance for us as a Committee. We have also heard people say...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Fire Services (Appointments and Promotion) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002: Prayer of Annulment (7 Oct 2002)

Paul Berry: I agree wholeheartedly with my Colleague Mr Hussey. The only part of the Minister’s comments worth listening to was her disgraceful comment that we are trying to discriminate against women. While the Minister for Health, who is a woman, has done a bad job in the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, that does not mean that any other woman who applies to be the Chief Fire...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Fire Services (Appointments and Promotion) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002: Prayer of Annulment (7 Oct 2002)

Paul Berry: I thank the Member for giving way. I can say honestly in the House that no one, including the acting Chief Fire Officers, has consulted me about the issue. I have had discussions about the positions with the Fire Brigades Union but, I stress, never with an acting Chief Fire Officer.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Fire Services (Appointments and Promotion) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002: Prayer of Annulment (7 Oct 2002)

Paul Berry: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. It is cheap that the Member is talking about leaked documents, given what happened on Friday. Let him provide the evidence. He made an allegation, and I want him to withdraw it.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Fire Services (Appointments and Promotion) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002: Prayer of Annulment (7 Oct 2002)

Paul Berry: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I said that I had raised this issue with the Fire Brigades Union in July — not in September or October, but in July. It was legitimate of me to raise the issue. It was during consultation. As a Health Committee member, I asked members of the Fire Brigades Union whether they were aware of the Regulations, which they were not. Where is the crime in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Fire Services (Appointments and Promotion) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002: Prayer of Annulment (7 Oct 2002)

Paul Berry: I beg to move That the Fire Services (Appointments and Promotion) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002 (SR 283/2002) be annulled. Members of the Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety had differing views on the motion: some were for and against it; some were for and against the Regulations. My Colleague, Iris Robinson, Committee members from the Ulster Unionist...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Fire Services (Appointments and Promotion) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002: Prayer of Annulment (7 Oct 2002)

Paul Berry: I wholeheartedly agree. The way the Minister shouted at members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland on Friday was a disgrace. The Health Minister’s attitude was despicable, and she showed her true colours in the way she acted against the forces of the law. I agree wholeheartedly that the Chief Fire Officer of Northern Ireland must be able to deal directly with the Chief Constable. It...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill:  Consideration Stage (7 Oct 2002)

Paul Berry: Will the Minister give way?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill:  Consideration Stage (7 Oct 2002)

Paul Berry: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Is it in order for the Minister to make a comment against the Chairperson when she is not fully aware of the circumstances of his absence? The Chairperson of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee is meeting the Security Minister on important matters, including that of the Claudy bomb allegations.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill:  Consideration Stage (7 Oct 2002)

Paul Berry: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Given the reason why the Chairperson of the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development was unable to attend, will the Minister withdraw her remarks?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Victims’ Memorial Garden (1 Oct 2002)

Paul Berry: I beg to move the following amendment: In line 6, after "respect to the", insert: "innocent". I commend our Colleagues for tabling the motion. It is right and proper that we discuss this sensitive issue. The events of September 11 have drawn worldwide attention to terrorism as a gross and wicked evil that must be eradicated. When bin Laden and his cohorts blew up the twin towers on September...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Hospital Waiting Lists (17 Sep 2002)

Paul Berry: I commend my Colleague Ian Paisley Jnr for tabling such an important motion. Unfortunately, because the issue of waiting lists has been raised so often, we have run out of words to describe the deplorable situation that exists. The words "crisis", "meltdown" and "Third-World service" have been used before, and it is evident that, regardless of promises to deal with waiting lists, those lists...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Hospital Waiting Lists (17 Sep 2002)

Paul Berry: I agree wholeheartedly with Mr McCartney’s comments. The Health Committee raised that issue with the Minister. We asked her to provide temporary funding to enable nursing homes to care for elderly patients until they are fit to be discharged into the community. Research has shown that more than 70% of patients referred to orthopaedic clinics do not need to see a consultant. In Sheffield,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Asperger’s Syndrome (10 Sep 2002)

Paul Berry: I support the motion wholeheartedly. Mr Fee clearly outlined the concerns and problems relating to Asperger’s syndrome that must be addressed. The Chairperson of the Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety also outlined the problems and what needs to be done. Parents and Professionals & Autism (PAPA) has lobbied very hard on this distressing matter. The motion states that a...


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