Results 1–20 of 217 for speaker:Mr Oliver Gibson

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (Assembly Standards) Bill: Period Extension (14 Oct 2002)

Mr Oliver Gibson: In view of circumstances outside the control of the Committee of the Centre, I beg to not move the motion. Motion not moved.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Review of Post-Primary Education: Report on Responses to Consultation (8 Oct 2002)

Mr Oliver Gibson: Madam Deputy Speaker, I apologise for being late for this important debate. It must be realised that it is the same distance from Beragh to Stormont as it is from Stormont to Beragh. I will ask serious questions of the Minister. Some parts of the Gallagher Report have been drawn to my attention and to the attention of other Committee members. [Interruption].

Northern Ireland Assembly: Review of Post-Primary Education: Report on Responses to Consultation (8 Oct 2002)

Mr Oliver Gibson: Parts of that report were the basis for the Burns Report. I have discovered that references in the ‘Effects of the Selective System of Secondary Education in Northern Ireland’ are not found in the Gallagher Report. In a letter, the Vice Chancellor of Queen’s University described that as "unfortunate". It is alleged that those references were published, but that is incorrect. The...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Review of Post-Primary Education: Report on Responses to Consultation (8 Oct 2002)

Mr Oliver Gibson: Madam Deputy Speaker, I will be brief with my questions. The representative of the working-class population of the United Kingdom said that we are now in a post-comprehensive period. Can the Minister ignore such a statement and continue to advocate comprehensive education? I ask the Minister to consider those serious questions. I am concerned about the original statement.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Environment: Waste Disposal and Recycling (7 Oct 2002)

Mr Oliver Gibson: I have listened with interest to the Minister’s replies. Does the Minister not think that a regional approach to waste disposal and recycling would be much better than having three different councils involved in the programme? Secondly, it is not possible to meet the EU Directive unless the disposal of recyclable items is honestly dealt with. Recycled glass and waste paper have always had...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Events of 4 October 2002 in Parliament Buildings (7 Oct 2002)

Mr Oliver Gibson: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I note your careful handling of the situation this afternoon. Would it not be the greatest contribution that you and the Business Committee could make that an immediate motion for the removal of the gangsters of Sinn Féin/ IRA be debated immediately?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Condition of A-Class Roads in West Tyrone (10 Sep 2002)

Mr Oliver Gibson: I support my Colleagues in bringing pressure to bear on the Department for Regional Development to seriously consider the A5, particularly as it has been designated a trans-European route. I am grateful that the other representatives of West Tyrone have already highlighted the desperate condition of the B-class and C-class roads. We must bear in mind that the constituency covers a large area:...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Anti-Sectarianism (10 Sep 2002)

Mr Oliver Gibson: The origin and definition of sectarianism have been stated clearly. Sectarianism is the creation of Roman Catholicism. In Ireland, that was always a stated doctrinal position. Some Members will remember the slogan repeated in this generation: "A Catholic school for Catholic pupils by Catholic teachers". Cardinal Connell got it right. He was stating the sectarian, domineering position that the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Anti-Sectarianism (10 Sep 2002)

Mr Oliver Gibson: No, I have only a few seconds left. There are those who try to escape and deny their sectarian heritage. I was amazed to hear some of the statements made here today. Robert McCartney was right to say that the Belfast Agreement is institutionalised sectarianism, and Members must accept that, because it was the wish of many. Advocates of the Belfast Agreement view it as the road to their...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Anti-Sectarianism (10 Sep 2002)

Mr Oliver Gibson: The Member should confess his sins to someone else. He will have a long list.

Northern Ireland Assembly: North/South Ministerial Council: Inland Waterways (10 Sep 2002)

Mr Oliver Gibson: The Minister said that the feasibility study on the Ulster Canal is being considered by the relevant Departments to determine the way forward. Is serious consideration now being given to a reconstruction project for the Ulster Canal and, if so, is there a vague timetable for its delivery?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill:  Second Stage (2 Jul 2002)

Mr Oliver Gibson: I welcome this important and long-awaited Bill. The First Minister and the Deputy First Minister announced it in the Assembly on 29 January 2001. Its intention is to appoint a commissioner for children in Northern Ireland. The announcement has been welcomed by Members from all sides of the House. The proposals were welcomed as a step towards ensuring that children can grow up in a society in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Draft Fair Employment (Monitoring) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002 (1 Jul 2002)

Mr Oliver Gibson: The Committee considered the Statutory Rule. It amends the standard occupational classifications which employers use to make the monitoring returns under fair employment legislation. The Committee considered the rule at its policy development stage several times and deferred its decision until the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister had consulted with employers on the proposals and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2002 (1 Jul 2002)

Mr Oliver Gibson: The Committee of the Centre considered this Statutory Rule several times and, after clarification on a host of areas, is content. As the Minister said, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 is an Act of Parliament that received Royal Assent on 28 July 2000. It was enacted before the Human Rights Act 1998 came into effect in October 2000 to ensure that investigatory powers had a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Farmers’ Incomes (24 Jun 2002)

Mr Oliver Gibson: 4. asked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what measures she is implementing to raise farmers’ incomes to 1996 levels. (AQO 1629/01)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Farmers’ Incomes (24 Jun 2002)

Mr Oliver Gibson: I thank the Minister for her answer to that question and, particularly, for her answers to questions 1 and 5. I remind the Minister that most farmers in West Tyrone have been struggling financially for some years. The inclement weather over the past six weeks has left many in a state of almost catastrophic peril; therefore is the Minister considering any inclement weather aid package that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Arts and Leisure: Omagh:  Cultural Centre (24 Jun 2002)

Mr Oliver Gibson: 4. asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what plans he has to encourage Omagh to become an arts and culture centre for the west. (AQO 1628/01)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Arts and Leisure: Omagh:  Cultural Centre (24 Jun 2002)

Mr Oliver Gibson: I thank the Minister for the details in his reply. As the proposed new arts centre reaches the stage where it can be described as a contractual project, £1 million is still outstanding. Can the Minister ensure that that money is found? It will make the project successful, viable and sustainable and ensure that Omagh is a proper arts and cultural centre for the west of the Province.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — First Minister and Deputy First Minister: Executive Calendar –  September 2002 to March 2003 (24 Jun 2002)

Mr Oliver Gibson: I thank the Minister for his very long and detailed reply. In view of last week’s presentation to the House of Lords, do the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister expect another Blair prop for the Belfast Agreement or have they booked the Long Gallery for a departure meeting? Will they advise us how they intend to proceed with further props to the agreement or are they prepared to...


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