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

Peter Weir: I, too, support the Bill. Dealing with the issue of fair employment in the teaching profession is an important step forward; the Bill represents a positive step. As Diane Dodds highlighted, it is important that we see it not as a single action but as part of a wider process. There needs to be a review to say that this is the first step forward, but there is further work to be done in a future...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Bill: Final Stage (24 Mar 2022)

Peter Weir: I support the Bill's Final Stage, and I commend the Bill's sponsor for introducing it. I thank the Minister and the Department for the positive attitude that they have taken towards it. I commend all the hard work of Assembly officials, not least the Committee officials, in progressing the Bill and all those who gave evidence when we on the Committee were scrutinising it. I give particular...

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

Peter Weir: I welcome the passage of the Bill's Final Stage and commend all the campaigners who have pressed so hard for it and the Bill sponsor. For Pat Catney, hearing some of the tributes must be like hearing eulogies at your funeral, without having to go through the indignity of dying, which is always a double advantage. He is to be commended for bringing the legislation forward. Members across the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Higher Education Tuition Fees (22 Mar 2022)

Peter Weir: Those of us who attended the excellent presentation today by representatives of the Open University will know the great significance of the higher education sector in Northern Ireland and, indeed, the wider United Kingdom. Will the Minister outline the implications for the higher education sector if the draft Budget that has been proposed by Minister Murphy were to go through unchanged?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Domestic Abuse Information-sharing with Schools etc. Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2022 (22 Mar 2022)

Peter Weir: I rise to speak briefly and to welcome the regulations before us. The cooperation that we have seen between Justice and Education, the justice agencies and, indeed, the school system on the successful pilot in the Newry area has enabled the regulations to be rolled out, and that is a good sign. For all of us, when faced with the consequences of lockdown, particularly focusing on our children,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: P&O Ferries Update (21 Mar 2022)

Peter Weir: I thank the Minister for his statement. I join him in his strong words of condemnation of the disgraceful actions of P&O towards its staff. He has touched on the exploration of the legal options for action that can be taken against P&O. What examination has there been to ensure that this is not something that is used by other employers or could happen again in another sphere of employment law?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Final Stage (15 Mar 2022)

Peter Weir: I join with others in welcoming the legislation. I also wish the Minister a swift and full recovery, particularly ahead of the election. I suspect that today we got a little flavour of the canvassing material that she will be using: we got a few lines of that without having to move to East Belfast. I sincerely wish her a full recovery. I join with other Members in thanking all of those who...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Final Stage (15 Mar 2022)

Peter Weir: I will be keen to hear what the Minister has to say. The Bill is multifaceted and touches on a range of victims. There is the vulnerability to exploitation of, for example, those people coming from Ukraine who are seeking sanctuary. There are also those who visit this country and many among our indigenous population, including children, who need to be protected. Ms Bradley made a very good...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Trade Union and Labour Relations (Amendment) Bill: Second Stage (1 Mar 2022)

Peter Weir: I thank the Member for giving way. I appreciate the point that he made about that level of reconciliation and conciliation, where possible. Does the Member agree that there is a danger in moving, for instance, from a seven-day notice period to a two-day notice period, because that is much more likely to promote a spirit of confrontation rather than giving space for problems to be worked out...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Trade Union and Labour Relations (Amendment) Bill: Second Stage (1 Mar 2022)

Peter Weir: I will keep my remarks relatively short. I appreciate the passion that Mr Carroll has brought to the Bill, and I know that he has a strong commitment to it. However, given where we are in the mandate — we are at Second Stage at the beginning of March — there is a slightly moot quality to some of the debate, because everyone in the House knows that the Bill will not reach the statute books...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Trade Union and Labour Relations (Amendment) Bill: Second Stage (1 Mar 2022)

Peter Weir: I thank the Member for giving way. Mr Carroll has moved on from the point on which I wanted clarification. Earlier, he said that one of the impacts of clause 2 — it is stated in the memorandum as well — is that it would remove the requirement, before industrial action, for a sample ballot paper to be provided to the employer. I appreciate the point that the Member made about wanting to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Coronavirus Act 2020 (Extension of Provisions Related to Courts, Tribunals and Inquests) Order (Northern Ireland) 2022 (1 Mar 2022)

Peter Weir: I will give way in a moment. The Committee received evidence a number of weeks ago about some of the potential restrictions, which, I freely admit, are not of the Minister's making, around the provision of legal aid, which could act as a barrier to younger members of the profession. There is a danger that senior members are hoovering up that work.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Coronavirus Act 2020 (Extension of Provisions Related to Courts, Tribunals and Inquests) Order (Northern Ireland) 2022 (1 Mar 2022)

Peter Weir: I am not aware of the figures, but it is about the quality of the justice. It is about the opportunity to have direct interaction in court between the lawyer and the client. It will mean that the potential quality of that detailed level of discussion and interaction that all of us get from a one-to-one, face-to-face meeting with someone is reduced. That is the experience that has been relayed...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Coronavirus Act 2020 (Extension of Provisions Related to Courts, Tribunals and Inquests) Order (Northern Ireland) 2022 (1 Mar 2022)

Peter Weir: I appreciate that the Minister is struggling, and maybe I can help her with that. The point is this: why are we putting in courts artificial barriers that do not apply in any other part of life? We are in a situation where those restrictions have been removed, and we need to see a full resumption of the quality of justice. This is a retrograde step that creates barriers and does not provide...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Coronavirus Act 2020 (Extension of Provisions Related to Courts, Tribunals and Inquests) Order (Northern Ireland) 2022 (1 Mar 2022)

Peter Weir: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I assume that the Minister is referring to me. I am a Member for Strangford, not North Down.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Coronavirus Act 2020 (Extension of Provisions Related to Courts, Tribunals and Inquests) Order (Northern Ireland) 2022 (1 Mar 2022)

Peter Weir: At the outset, I should declare a non-pecuniary interest as a non-practising member of the Bar. Obviously, "non-practising" means that I will not get any fees as the result of any court case, so it is non-pecuniary in nature. To be a bit like the little boy who points out that the emperor has no clothes, on behalf of the DUP, I indicate that we will oppose the motion. It is the case, I think,...


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