Results 141–160 of 217 for speaker:Mr Oliver Gibson

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Regional Development: Unadopted Roads and Services (Prospect Area, Carrickfergus) (2 Apr 2001)

Mr Oliver Gibson: Is the Minister still confident that the various programmes to upgrade the Maiden City to Aughnacloy section of the trans-European route are on schedule? Is funding guaranteed so that the Strabane bypass, and others, can be assured over the next three years?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Agrimonetary Compensation (20 Mar 2001)

Mr Oliver Gibson: One week ago the Minister assured me that all moneys owed to the farming community would be paid as soon as possible. Is this now happening? The rural community are lobbying me with the words "cash flow", "cash flow", "cash flow". Secondly, we will need a long period of recovery. Has the Minister approached the major banks with the idea of setting interest rates at 0% for one year, 1% for a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister: Support for Victims (20 Mar 2001)

Mr Oliver Gibson: I asked the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister two weeks ago about its attitude to the private initiative by a victim of the Omagh bomb. Since its launch, four Secretaries of State have pledged not only financial, but personal support. Are the First Minister or Deputy First Minister prepared to make a statement on their commitment and attitude to that initiative?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health, Social Services and Public Safety: Acute Hospital Services (12 Mar 2001)

Mr Oliver Gibson: 4. asked the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail her plans to provide acute hospital facilities for the South/West region. (AQO 1033/00)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health, Social Services and Public Safety: Acute Hospital Services (12 Mar 2001)

Mr Oliver Gibson: Bearing in mind that we were all assured, when the Assembly was suspended, that George Howarth was about to issue the result of his review, will the Minister indicate when she expects to have this report? What is causing the delay? Is the Department being run by various colleges rather than by the Minister?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Post-Primary Education (12 Mar 2001)

Mr Oliver Gibson: 4. asked the Minister of Education to ensure that any reform of the transfer procedure will result in an increase in educational standards. (AQO 1032/00)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Post-Primary Education (12 Mar 2001)

Mr Oliver Gibson: In view of the extension of time the Minister has given to the review body, is there a benchmarking tool being used throughout the education system to accurately measure current school and pupil performances, so that in the future we can establish whether a new system, whatever it may be, will be viable and will deliver a higher standard of education.

Northern Ireland Assembly: (The Environment: North/South Ministerial Council Sectoral Meeting) (12 Mar 2001)

Mr Oliver Gibson: I note that the Minister’s water quality control group is going to undertake a study of the freshwater zebra mussel. He used the term "pollution of the Erne system". Is it true that the zebra mussel is a pollutant? Has any effective study been done? Has anything been done to see what its effect is on fishing? Does it usurp and take the food of the fish, or is it an excellent means of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Foot-and-Mouth Disease (12 Mar 2001)

Mr Oliver Gibson: First, in view of the 60 untraced animals and the fact that an RUC agriculture fraud squad is virtually having to be established, does the Minister not accept that this calls into question the traceability which was much hailed in recent months? Secondly, I thank the Minister for arranging compensation payments because a west Tyrone lobby has come to me saying that cash-flow problems are...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Energy (5 Mar 2001)

Mr Oliver Gibson: Prices here are 15% higher than in the rest of the UK and 9% higher than in the Republic of Ireland. The best prediction that you can give us is that we will get 7·7% of our electricity from renewables. We have the prospect of a climate change levy. Despite the best efforts that you can make, are we not faced, because of the original agreements and contracts that were signed, with very high...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Care for the Elderly (27 Feb 2001)

Mr Oliver Gibson: What we are discussing this morning has often been described by other civilisations as the venerable state of the elderly. We could look at those other civilisations and see how they care for the elderly. What we are talking about this morning is, to some extent, restoring dignity and independence to people who have reached that age and giving them the ability to enjoy an active and healthy...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Trade and Business Development: North/South Ministerial Council Sectoral Meeting (26 Feb 2001)

Mr Oliver Gibson: In view of the fact that most of the SMEs in West Tyrone are agriculturally based and are derived from and often dependent upon the agricultural community, why was there no protection for that community since the threat of the dreaded foot-and-mouth disease? Why were there no protection mats on the northern side of the border to protect the industry along the boundary with the South of Ireland?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Electoral Fraud (20 Feb 2001)

Mr Oliver Gibson: The Member will be aware that in the recent Assembly election there were several incidents in West Tyrone in which people who were intending to carry out voting fraud disappeared when challenged. There is no method of recording the number of people who attempted such fraud. The votes that were recorded under protest were never challenged, and the electoral office took no action. The pink...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Budget Bill: Second Stage (20 Feb 2001)

Mr Oliver Gibson: I return to the point made by Mr Paul Berry — that we very much want to see the Ulster hallmark on the Minister’s Budget. What criteria is he using to set the direction for Northern Ireland regional Government? The Budget, which I am sure is a splendid account of the figures and the anticipated projections, is in truth a very conservative Budget. It probably follows in the steps of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Water and Sewerage Services (West Tyrone) (19 Feb 2001)

Mr Oliver Gibson: It seems that every Monday afternoon is west Tyrone afternoon. We had a similar discussion last week. I welcome all Members to the area of the most profound, undiluted, unpolluted raw beauty in the whole Province. We had a problem 10 years ago when the area plan was launched. One means devised by planners to keep rural people in rural areas and to encourage rural development was to create...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Supply:Spring Supplementary Estimates (2000-01) and Vote on Account (2001-02) (19 Feb 2001)

Mr Oliver Gibson: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. During the debate, a number of us were unable to speak because of the inadequate allocation of time. Some Members were able to contribute rather gloriously and eloquently, but others lost out. In the Minister’s Estimates, there was no indication of thinking for the future on rates, which is a vexed question for every party here. The current system is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Supply:Spring Supplementary Estimates (2000-01) and Vote on Account (2001-02) (19 Feb 2001)

Mr Oliver Gibson: It is a question. Would it be possible, in the review of local government, to examine how we raise local taxes?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Supply:Spring Supplementary Estimates (2000-01) and Vote on Account (2001-02) (19 Feb 2001)

Mr Oliver Gibson: I stand admonished. Question put and agreed to. Resolved (with cross-community support): That the Assembly approves that a further sum not exceeding £195,599,000 be granted out of the Consolidated Fund to complete or defray the charges which will come in course of payment during the year ending on 31 March 2001 for expenditure by Northern Ireland Departments, the Northern Ireland Assembly,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Arts and Leisure: EU and IFI Funds (West Tyrone) (19 Feb 2001)

Mr Oliver Gibson: 6. asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the criteria used by departmental agencies when distributing European Union funds and funding from the International Fund for Ireland to West Tyrone. (AQO 813/00)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Arts and Leisure: EU and IFI Funds (West Tyrone) (19 Feb 2001)

Mr Oliver Gibson: I presume that the Lottery Board and the Sports Council are under the Minister’s aegis. Is he aware that the last allocation of funding by those bodies was of 49% to GAA sports and 4% to football? One is a cross-community activity, and the other is regarded as being exclusively Roman Catholic. Would the Minister care to comment?


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