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Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Fair Employment (School Teachers) Bill: Final Stage (24 Mar 2022)

Diane Dodds: As the DUP Member who has spoken on the Bill, I assure the sponsor of my support and congratulate him on getting it to this stage. I also wish him every success as he takes on new roles in life. This will absolutely not be the last time that we hear from Chris Lyttle. I am confident of that, and I wish him well as he goes forward. The Bill is important in Northern Ireland. I have had...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Period Products (Free Provision) Bill: Final Stage (24 Mar 2022)

Diane Dodds: I apologise that I cannot be in the Chamber today. I send huge congratulations to Pat Catney for getting the Bill to this stage. I know that he thinks that I asked him some very awkward and difficult questions as the Bill was progressing, but he has always known that I am supportive and will continue to support the premise of the Bill, because it is about inclusivity and equality, and it will...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Period Products (Free Provision) Bill: Further Consideration Stage (15 Mar 2022)

Diane Dodds: I rise to support the general principles of the Bill. As I have said on many occasions in the House, the thrust of the Bill was already in the pilot projects that were instigated by the Department for the Economy in further and higher education and by the Minister in the Department of Education. It is an important Bill that deals with social inclusion, poverty and ensuring that no girl is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Fair Employment (School Teachers) Bill: Consideration Stage (15 Mar 2022)

Diane Dodds: I support the Bill and thank its sponsor for the work that has gone into it. In the previous debate, I stated my concerns about the process, but no one in the House is in any doubt that the Bill is necessary and the right and proper course of action. On the amendment, as many have pointed out, the Department might have liked to have longer. However, when we look at issues, we sometimes see...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Standing Order 42(1) - Fair Employment (School Teachers) Bill: Suspension (15 Mar 2022)

Diane Dodds: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I support the principle of the Bill, but I put on record my concerns about the process that it has taken. I have spoken to the proposer of the Bill at length and agree that it is necessary in principle, but it seems that we are now giving accelerated passage to private Members' Bills in the House. I spoke at Second Stage about some of the concerns around what the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Standing Order 42(1) - Fair Employment (School Teachers) Bill: Suspension (15 Mar 2022)

Diane Dodds: I will in a moment; of course I will. I just want to make this point. It looks at the exemption from fair employment law for teachers — that is a good thing, because we should employ people on the basis of equality and of their qualifications to teach a particular subject — but the Bill does not look at the barriers to education and to employment in schools. It does not look at the very...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Standing Order 42(1) - Fair Employment (School Teachers) Bill: Suspension (15 Mar 2022)

Diane Dodds: I agree with you. You made some very valid points. There is support across the House for the principle behind the Bill, and so it has been deemed right to rush its stages. I have a general concern that we are now governing by private Members' Bills. That will be to the detriment of the House. The lack of scrutiny and consultation is to the detriment of the House and of good legislation.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Integrated Education Bill: Final Stage (9 Mar 2022)

Diane Dodds: I thank the Minister for giving way. Those are really interesting points about the impact of the Bill on existing schools. Will the Minister elaborate on how it would impact on a school such as Lagan College that operates academic selection and streaming?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Integrated Education Bill: Final Stage (9 Mar 2022)

Diane Dodds: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Is it really in order for the Member to ask for such a thing just to cover his blushes?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Integrated Education Bill: Final Stage (9 Mar 2022)

Diane Dodds: I thank the Member for giving way. Like many on this side of the House, I have spent many hours debating the Bill and discussing its implications not just in the House but in the community. What will the Members who could have stopped the Bill today say to, for example, the people whom they met in Aughnacloy recently, where, when challenged to say whether they would stop the Bill, they...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Integrated Education Bill: Final Stage (9 Mar 2022)

Diane Dodds: I thank the Member for giving way. He paints a stark picture and indicates that the Bill will go some way to alleviating it. If you want to encourage inclusion, how on earth is a Bill that supports only one sector and gives advantages to one sector over another, which will inevitably divert resources because of the legal duties on the Minister and the Department, the right way in which to do...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Integrated Education Bill: Final Stage (9 Mar 2022)

Diane Dodds: I thank the Member for giving way. We have spoken about the issue on many occasions, so I respectfully ask what he will say to Alison Lindsay, the principal of Carrick Primary School in Lurgan where, out of 500 children, 147 are newcomer children to Northern Ireland. There is a wide mix of religions and languages in the school. Children are prepared for communion and confirmation, but it does...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Integrated Education Bill: Final Stage (9 Mar 2022)

Diane Dodds: I thank the Member for giving way. He has said that the Bill will surely be subject to a number of judicial reviews. Why on earth, then, is the SDLP supporting the Bill? Despite all the difficulties that the Member has outlined, I suspect that there is a great big "but" coming.


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