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Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Housing Executive: Workforce (19 Oct 2021)

Thomas Buchanan: T3. Mr T Buchanan asked the Minister for Communities to inform the House of the steps that she is taking to address the gross disparity in the community make-up of the Housing Executive workforce in the offices in the western area, with particular reference to the offices in Enniskillen, Omagh and Londonderry. (AQT 1663/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Housing Executive: Workforce (19 Oct 2021)

Thomas Buchanan: I will certainly write to the Minister on the issue. I have been pressing the Housing Executive's chief executive for a number of years on the religious disparity in the workforce, especially in the grants offices in those three areas. Rather than getting better, it has got worse as the years have gone by. In light of that, does the Minister agree that, in the western area, the Housing...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Social Housing: West Tyrone (19 Oct 2021)

Thomas Buchanan: 2. Mr T Buchanan asked the Minister for Communities what steps she is taking to address the need for social housing in West Tyrone. (AQO 2552/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Social Housing: West Tyrone (19 Oct 2021)

Thomas Buchanan: I thank the Minister for her response. Minister, you spelt out the need for social housing that there really is in West Tyrone. Unless the Department is prepared to make that a priority over four, five or six years, it will be addressed only very slowly. Will you make it a priority to get social housing built and up and running in West Tyrone for the people who really need it?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Victims and Survivors Service: Funding (19 Oct 2021)

Thomas Buchanan: T2. Mr T Buchanan asked the Minister of Health for an update on the funding that will be made available to the Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) for the delivery of the comprehensive support services for victims and survivors of mother-and-baby homes, Magdalene laundries and workhouses in Northern Ireland for the duration of the investigation process and in the longer term, as recommended...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Victims and Survivors Service: Funding (19 Oct 2021)

Thomas Buchanan: I thank the Minister for his response. Minister, can you give us any indication of the timeline for when the money will be available to deliver the services to those people?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Emergency Department Waiting Times (19 Oct 2021)

Thomas Buchanan: Minister, I have listened to information on a number of initiatives that are going forward on this issue. Is the Department doing any work with our GP surgeries to try to get them opened up so that we can get face-to-face appointments again with our GPs? A number of constituents who are in contact with our office say they cannot get a face-to-face appointment; therefore, they are going to A&E...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland: Independent Evaluation (18 Oct 2021)

Thomas Buchanan: I thank my colleagues for tabling the motion. I declare an interest as a member of the Policing Board. We have heard much about the ombudsman's office, but let us recall why it was set up. It was set up to play a specific role in providing independent, impartial investigations into complaints arising from allegations of failures by police officers while on the line of duty and to investigate...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Education: Budget 2022-23 (18 Oct 2021)

Thomas Buchanan: T3. Mr T Buchanan asked the Minister of Education whether, given growing concern about the Education budget for 2022-23, she can shed any light on how close the Finance Minister is to publishing his Budget and to state whether she is confident that she will receive the necessary funding to underpin her Department’s projects in the next year. (AQT 1683/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Education: Budget 2022-23 (18 Oct 2021)

Thomas Buchanan: Thank you for that. Minister, you will be aware that the Assembly recently passed a motion that called for continuing support for our schools. That motion received cross-party support. Do you have any confidence that that support will carry through into the Executive and be replicated in their Budget-setting process?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Strule Shared Education Campus (18 Oct 2021)

Thomas Buchanan: I thank the Minister for her commitment to the ongoing works at the scheme in Omagh. The Minister may be aware that there are concerns about the prospect of substantial sites being left vacant when the new campus opens. Can the Minister give us an update on what work has been done in relation to those sites and the works to widen the Gortin Road?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Members' Statements: Shirley McCay (11 Oct 2021)

Thomas Buchanan: I put on record the tremendous achievement of hockey star Shirley McCay from Drumquin, in the very heart of West Tyrone, as she calls time on her international career after an amazing 14-year spell at that level. When she was a young girl at Omagh Academy, Shirley's skills and talents on the hockey pitch soon began to shine through, earning her a place on the senior team. She was instrumental...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Officers: PRRT Eligibility (5 Oct 2021)

Thomas Buchanan: T3. Mr T Buchanan asked the Minister of Justice what steps she will take to inform retired prison officers of their eligibility for assistance from the Police Rehabilitation and Retraining Trust (PRRT). (AQT 1633/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Officers: PRRT Eligibility (5 Oct 2021)

Thomas Buchanan: I thank the Minister for her response. She will know that the scheme was established some 22 years ago to assist officers and their families in making the transition back into public life. The programmes delivered by the trust have been extremely helpful to them. I am sure that she will agree that prison officers face exactly the same problems and difficulties as police officers. The sooner...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Irish State Collusion (28 Sep 2021)

Thomas Buchanan: I ask the Assembly to support the motion.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Irish State Collusion (28 Sep 2021)

Thomas Buchanan: I want to make it clear that we will not support the Alliance amendment, which seeks to move the focus of the motion away from the Dublin Government's failure to investigate Irish state collusion between the Garda and IRA terrorists. We must never forget, and let the House and others who are listening be in no doubt about, who was responsible for the years of bloodshed and the murder of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Pet Travel in the UK (21 Jun 2021)

Thomas Buchanan: T3. Mr T Buchanan asked the for Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for an update on the issues surrounding pet travel in the UK as a result of the protocol that folk on the other Benches are seeking to talk up. (AQT 1453/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Pet Travel in the UK (21 Jun 2021)

Thomas Buchanan: I thank the Minister for his response. Constituents have expressed concern about bringing their dog with them from Manchester and about the exorbitant cost of getting all those tests done. Does the Minister agree that the requirements, especially for rabies and tapeworm treatment, are totally unacceptable and counterproductive and present animal health issues?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Simultaneous Interpretation of Assembly Business in Irish and Ulster Scots (15 Jun 2021)

Thomas Buchanan: First of all, I want to point out that, while this is a Committee motion, it did not receive the unanimous support of the Committee; in fact, the Committee was split right down the middle, with the motion receiving 50% plus 1 of a majority. That was not because it had anything to do with culture or language but simply because of the current situation that we find ourselves in and the many...


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