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Northern Ireland Assembly: Strategic Investment and Regeneration of Sites Bill:  Second Stage (14 Oct 2002)

Mr Denis Haughey: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. The decision not to move the Second Stage of the Bill was taken long before Mr Leslie or I knew that there was a petition of concern. That is a matter of fact. On a second point of order, Mr Speaker. Is it in order for Members to request you to convey the feelings of the House to the Northern Ireland Office when the opinion of the House has not been recorded...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Strategic Investment and Regeneration of Sites Bill: First Stage (30 Sep 2002)

Mr Denis Haughey: I beg leave to lay before the Assembly a Bill [NIA 8/02] to establish and provide for the functions of the Strategic Investment Board for Northern Ireland; to make provision for certain sites made available under the reinvestment and reform initiative, including provision for their regeneration by development corporations; and for connected purposes. Bill passed First Stage and ordered to be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Draft Programme for Government (24 Sep 2002)

Mr Denis Haughey: The debate in the Assembly begins the period of scrutiny of the Programme for Government. We have made a constructive start. There is no substitute for the vigorous cut and thrust of Assembly debate, with the exchange of witty sallies across the Floor and extravagant excursions into the upper stratosphere of high policy. It is very invigorating. Members have had an opportunity to express...

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

Mr Denis Haughey: Will the Member give way?

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

Mr Denis Haughey: I beg to move That the Second Stage of the Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill (NIA 20/01) be agreed. It is an understatement to say that I am pleased that the debate on this profoundly important Bill is taking place. It has taken a good deal longer to bring the Bill to the House than we had hoped, but it is important that the Assembly begin to examine it before the summer recess....

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

Mr Denis Haughey: I cannot comment on a form that I have not seen that the Member may have filled in, or seen, in the past. The Regulations that we are currently dealing with allow for a categorisation of people under the definition, "as if the community to which they belong cannot be determined", and that is how it stands. It has been examined by the Examiner of Statutory Rules, who stated that there is...

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

Mr Denis Haughey: There is unease in the community about whether employment procedures are fair, and that applies to both the private and public sectors. As long as the apprehension and fear persists, we will have need for Regulations of this kind. The monitoring that we have carried out under fair employment legislation has had an effect on ensuring equality of opportunity. One has only to look at employment...

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

Mr Denis Haughey: I beg to move That the draft Fair Employment (Monitoring) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002 be approved. I am pleased to bring these technical but important Regulations before the Assembly. Their purpose is to ensure that the Administration has up-to-date information that is compatible with other statistical information and which will enable trends in employment to be better...

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

Mr Denis Haughey: I thank Mr Gibson, the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee of the Centre, for his remarks. He may have overstated the costs involved in making the changes. The average additional staff cost for the public sector is estimated at £127, not £127 million. That is compared to £102 for the private sector. Within the private sector, the average additional staff cost ranges from £52 for small...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Future of Europe (5 Jun 2002)

Mr Denis Haughey: I was going to make that point. The Supreme Court has been the motor for the expansion of federal power in the United States because its expansionism rests on provisions such as interstate commerce. The exact case that gave rise to that was the Schechter Poultry Corporation v. United States — I am showing off slightly there. However, Dr Birnie raised several interesting points. He...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Future of Europe (5 Jun 2002)

Mr Denis Haughey: It is with great pleasure that I rise to close this debate on the future of Europe. It is important to point out at this stage that I am only closing this debate in the House. The debate generally in Northern Ireland and Europe on the future of Europe is only just beginning. I welcome the contributions made by many Members today, and I would like to respond to some of the issues raised....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Report of the Committee of the Centre:  European Union Issues (8 Apr 2002)

Mr Denis Haughey: Is it traditional for a Minister to give way? If so, I have no problem with it.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Report of the Committee of the Centre:  European Union Issues (8 Apr 2002)

Mr Denis Haughey: I was just coming to that. No one regrets what happened more than I do. No one worked harder to prevent it from happening than I did. I could say an awful lot here. I could redd my chest. To do so would give me a great deal of satisfaction, but I do not believe that recrimination, name-calling, finger-pointing and laying blame and accusations will get us anywhere. What happened, happened. I...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Report of the Committee of the Centre:  European Union Issues (8 Apr 2002)

Mr Denis Haughey: I wonder why. I greatly appreciate your tolerance, Mr Deputy Speaker. I thank the members of the Committee of the Centre for their detailed and valuable work in producing the report. I know that the inquiry has been detailed and robust, and I welcome that. I listened with interest to the remarks about the change in the wording of the motion. We were a wee bit surprised that we were not given...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — First Minister and Deputy First Minister: Visit to South Antrim (4 Feb 2002)

Mr Denis Haughey: There are currently no plans for the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister to make a joint visit to South Antrim in the near future.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — First Minister and Deputy First Minister: Visit to South Antrim (4 Feb 2002)

Mr Denis Haughey: Do you propose to allow that question, Mr Speaker?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — First Minister and Deputy First Minister: Visit to South Antrim (4 Feb 2002)

Mr Denis Haughey: There is plenty of time to answer it, Mr Speaker. I raise a question over the very tenuous connection between that supplementary question and the original question. However, that is a matter within your province.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — First Minister and Deputy First Minister: Visit to South Antrim (4 Feb 2002)

Mr Denis Haughey: I am well aware that that was what he was saying. It is my view, and that of the Members of the Administration, that the criticism which has arisen in the last couple of weeks about the volume of legislation in the Assembly is very unfair and does not give credit to the Executive and the Assembly for the huge volume of work that has been undertaken. A look at the Programme for Government, the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — First Minister and Deputy First Minister: Visit to South Antrim (4 Feb 2002)

Mr Denis Haughey: I will make the views of the hon Member known to the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister and, through them, to the Executive. However, I cannot make any commitment on behalf of the Executive at this time.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — First Minister and Deputy First Minister: PFI/PPP: Alternative Funding Opportunities (4 Feb 2002)

Mr Denis Haughey: A high-level working group, which is jointly chaired by the Economic Policy Unit in the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister and the Department of Finance and Personnel, was established in September 2001. It was established to fulfil our Programme for Government commitment to review opportunities for the use of private finance in all major service provision and...


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