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Results 1–20 of 681 for speaker:Thomas Buchanan

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (16 Jan 2017)

Thomas Buchanan: I support the draft Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017. I have no doubt that, throughout the debate and before it draws to a close, there will be much finger pointing around the Chamber. I have no doubt about that. The debate has only started, and we have already seen the finger pointing. I commend the Minister and his Department for the work...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (16 Jan 2017)

Thomas Buchanan: No. You will have your opportunity. I commend them for the work that they have done in bringing forward measures to mitigate the costs associated with this scheme. As the Minister outlined today, all the measures before the House are the first step to reducing the projected overspend. Of course, the Minister had a meeting with the Committee this morning, and, while we all agree that that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (16 Jan 2017)

Thomas Buchanan: They do not want that party to walk away. What they want is the matter to be dealt with. They want us to sit down, discuss it and find a resolution to it. I spoke to many people over the Christmas period, and right up to now, and their message is quite simple: let the politicians do what they are elected to do, which is work through the difficult situations and not walk away from them....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (16 Jan 2017)

Thomas Buchanan: There will be plenty of time for everyone in the Chamber to stand up and say whatever they have to say.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (16 Jan 2017)

Thomas Buchanan: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. The regulations before the House today, as laid out by the Minister, will mitigate the costs and return the scheme to its original policy intention by introducing a two-tier tariff, an annual payment cap and other mitigating measures. Despite the other party walking away and bringing down the institutions, I ask Members, at this late hour, to do the right...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland Assembly Commission: Parliament Buildings: Internet (29 Nov 2016)

Thomas Buchanan: 4. Mr T Buchanan asked the Assembly Commission to outline the steps that have been taken to improve Internet speeds in Parliament Buildings during periods of peak use. (AQO 805/16-21)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland Assembly Commission: Parliament Buildings: Internet (29 Nov 2016)

Thomas Buchanan: I thank the Member for his answer. I appreciate what he said, but I think that Members are finding that, at lunchtime, speeds are still very slow. Maybe that could be addressed.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Medical School in the North-west (29 Nov 2016)

Thomas Buchanan: Thank you. The proposal has been put forward by the University of Ulster and not by any individual or party. For the SDLP to come out this morning and say that it is its proposal is misleading to say the least. To reinforce what my colleague said, on 24 March this year, my colleague Simon Hamilton, the then Health Minister, kick-started the process again when he met the University of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Medical School in the North-west (29 Nov 2016)

Thomas Buchanan: I welcome the opportunity to speak in the debate. The concept of a medical school in the north-west based on the University of Ulster campus at Magee College, Londonderry has been in the melting pot for some considerable time. It is not something that the SDLP has dreamed up and put out today as its proposal. Over the past few mandates of the Assembly, the issue has been brought to the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Medical School in the North-west (29 Nov 2016)

Thomas Buchanan: — through questions for written answer, private Members' motions and, indeed, in the respective Committees, where the university has put forward its proposals. I give way.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Western Trust: Adult Learning Disability Services (28 Nov 2016)

Thomas Buchanan: I thank the Minister for what she has done up until now. Will she give an undertaking that she will ensure that the families are kept to the fore of the process so that they will feel part of it and that delivery will come for them? Let us remember that they are the people who suffered and who had concerns.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Energy Affordability and Security (22 Nov 2016)

Thomas Buchanan: I think that the entire House is agreed on one issue: long-term sustainable renewable energy is vital for the continued growth of Northern Ireland's business sector. As that sector has a high dependency on electricity, it stands to face a number of challenges in the next few years. Opportunities for economic growth will be very much dependent on providing an electricity system that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Student Engagement (21 Nov 2016)

Thomas Buchanan: What is happening with Northern Ireland postgraduate students whose loan applications were incorrectly proposed by the Student Loans Company?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Community Halls Pilot Scheme (15 Nov 2016)

Thomas Buchanan: T3. Mr T Buchanan asked the Minister for Communities for an update on the community halls scheme. (AQT 488/16-21)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Community Halls Pilot Scheme (15 Nov 2016)

Thomas Buchanan: I thank the Minister for his response. In the light of the huge interest in this scheme — no doubt more applications will come in — will the Minister give some consideration to allocating more money to it in-year and in the years that lie ahead?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Sporting Events and Activity-based Tourism (14 Nov 2016)

Thomas Buchanan: — that we have to sell to the world, we can truly grasp what a unique destination we have. The year 2016 has been one of dramatic change on the political stage of the world. We should embrace these challenges —


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