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

David Ford: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. In his question to the Minister on that statement, Mr Paul Girvan suggested that some judges spin out cases inappropriately in their own financial interests. When I was Minister of Justice, I certainly heard such allegations made against a small number of solicitors and barristers, but I believe it is an entirely inappropriate suggestion to make about any...

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

David Ford: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker, I welcome the fact that Mr Girvan was big enough to come to the Assembly and apologise. It is a real pity that Members in this place speak on such serious matters without thinking of what they are saying in the first place.

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

David Ford: It is an irony that the last debate of this extremely short mandate turns out to be about the fundamental issues which have plagued the Assembly, not just for the last few weeks but for a considerable period of time, around openness, accountability and transparency of operations. I congratulate Steven Agnew on somehow managing to come out of the lucky dip at this precise point to highlight an...

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

David Ford: All I can say is that I remember officials coming back into the Department and saying, "You wouldn't have been very pleased with what Trevor or Stewart said at the Committee yesterday, Minister". So, I do not think that that has been the case for my party, but when you get a party with three or four Members on a Committee of 11 working to defend their Minister, there are real questions as to...

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

David Ford: It will be interesting to see where the Minister of Justice sits today. I welcome the fact that, at last, we have some openness around this discussion.

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

David Ford: I appreciate that you are the second one to say it, but I really think that we should give Philip McGuigan his name and not Daithí McKay's.

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

David Ford: I was going to ask the question that Mr Kennedy asked. There is a real issue about ensuring that Sir Patrick has the appropriate expertise — financial and engineering — to assist him as assessors in the inquiry. If the Minister could confirm that it will not be simply a matter of bringing somebody in for an hour or two but that he gets the full professional advice that he needs...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Air Connectivity (24 Jan 2017)

David Ford: Given the way in which Belfast International Airport is in direct competition with Dublin for overseas routes, can the Minister indicate whether he has had any conversations with his colleague the Minister for Infrastructure on the development of public transport links and better roads in the Aldergrove area?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Councillors' Code: Review (24 Jan 2017)

David Ford: Building on Mrs Overend's supplementary question, there certainly have been questions raised in the past, including when the Assembly passed the Local Government Act, about the transparency of political donations, particularly in the context of planning decisions. Will the Minister agree that it is time that large donations were made public?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Good Friday Agreement Values and Principles (23 Jan 2017)

David Ford: I appreciate the Member giving way. Does she agree that there is an issue between the values of the Good Friday Agreement, the architecture of the agreement and the way in which it was implemented, and that there were failings in the second and third elements?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Good Friday Agreement Values and Principles (23 Jan 2017)

David Ford: Thank you, Principal Deputy Speaker. I will still wish you well for the future. There is a certain irony that, almost as we approach the end of this Assembly term, we are debating the issue of the fundamental principles of the Good Friday Agreement, the values and principles that are supposed to underpin everything that we do but which have been sadly lacking for some time. I think that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Good Friday Agreement Values and Principles (23 Jan 2017)

David Ford: Like John O'Dowd, I am proud of what I did as a Minister, but I am certainly not proud of the way that this Assembly has been treated by the Executive over the last eight months.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (23 Jan 2017)

David Ford: I am grateful to Mr Bell for giving way again. Just to clarify, on the day that I was given sight of the documentation, when I then formally requested copies, it was agreed that I would get copies a couple of weeks later.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (23 Jan 2017)

David Ford: I appreciate the Member giving way. He has announced on two occasions that he sought ministerial papers. Members may recall that there was an aside in the debate on 19 December about a possible involvement of the Department of Justice. I was given sight of the papers that day before the debate took place, because an issue had appeared in one of the Sunday papers. I was also given copies...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Court Estate: Costs (17 Jan 2017)

David Ford: If the Minister tells us that no costs are incurred by her decision, perhaps she could tell us what savings have been forgone.


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