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Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Broadband: Newry and Armagh (24 Jan 2017)

Simon Hamilton: I thank the Member for his intervention. There are some initiatives that I believe will help and act as a driver to improve broadband access. One such intervention is the broadband universal service obligation (USO), which is being taken forward by Her Majesty's Government. Through that, it is expected that, by 2020, everyone should have the legal right to request a broadband service of at...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Broadband: Newry and Armagh (24 Jan 2017)

Simon Hamilton: Very quickly.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Broadband: Newry and Armagh (24 Jan 2017)

Simon Hamilton: Mr Wells has been the last Member to speak.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Broadband: Newry and Armagh (24 Jan 2017)

Simon Hamilton: Principal Deputy Speaker, I join with others in wishing you well in your retirement. I should like to begin by stressing, as Minister responsible for the Department for the Economy, that I fully recognise — sorry, it would be remiss of me not to congratulate the Member on securing tonight's debate. I fully recognise the importance of access to fast, dependable Internet connectivity in the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Brexit: Special Status for Northern Ireland (24 Jan 2017)

Simon Hamilton: The Prime Minister has outlined her objectives in respect of negotiations. The former First Minister and, indeed, others in the House have emphasised the need to have the common travel area remain in place. It is welcome that one of the 10 points that the Prime Minister pointed out last week was to maintain the common travel area, which has existed since the 1920s, between the United...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Economic Strategy (24 Jan 2017)

Simon Hamilton: Members will be aware that a new economic strategy was being developed to align with the Executive’s draft Programme for Government. The strategy, which sets out an ambitious, long-term vision to transform Northern Ireland into a globally competitive economy that works for everyone, was nearing the point at which it could be released for public consultation. We now face a critically...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Economic Strategy (24 Jan 2017)

Simon Hamilton: I am well aware of the manufacturing job losses in the Member's constituency. I know that they have had a devastating impact on the local community and are still working their way through the local economy. The Member, if he downloads a copy of the draft industrial strategy and reads it overnight — it is good bedtime reading for him — will see that there is a significant emphasis on the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Tourism Strategy (24 Jan 2017)

Simon Hamilton: The tourism strategy has been working its way though my Department. Like the industrial strategy, it has been nearing the point where it could be published for some time. Obviously, in the circumstances in which we find ourselves, it is impossible to get Executive agreement, so it would not be an Executive strategy. I intend to discuss with officials what might be possible. In fact, there...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Tourism Strategy (24 Jan 2017)

Simon Hamilton: Quite a few. I regret that, because of circumstances, the tourism strategy will not be agreed by the Executive. Sinn Féin's walking away from the Executive has made that impossible. It has also obviously walked away from proceedings today; I am disappointed that my Question Time was not even enough to draw them back into the Chamber this afternoon. That is deeply disappointing. I will...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Brexit: Supreme Court Ruling (24 Jan 2017)

Simon Hamilton: I have been following other court proceedings today, as the Member might be aware, so I have not had a chance to fully look at and study the judgement that has been made by the Supreme Court.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Brexit: Supreme Court Ruling (24 Jan 2017)

Simon Hamilton: The Member makes a valid point. Here is an issue in terms of Brexit and Northern Ireland's position in seeking to get the best deal for Northern Ireland, which is clearly hampered by the situation that we are now in, with Sinn Féin walking away from the Executive. It is a critical time in respect of the triggering of article 50, however, and when that will be done by the Prime Minister....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: RHI Scheme Recipients (24 Jan 2017)

Simon Hamilton: As I said earlier to others, including the Member's colleague, the ruling has just been made in the last hour. I have not seen it yet and will wish to study it carefully, as the Member would expect, before deciding what we do. I reiterate that I want to have the fullest possible transparency on the details of recipients of the non-domestic RHI scheme. It is with that in mind that I will...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: RHI Scheme Recipients (24 Jan 2017)

Simon Hamilton: I thank the Member for her question, which was asked in the appropriate spirit. The whole purpose of doing this was to seek to instil better public confidence. The Member said that it was foreseeable that it was going to be challenged, and I suppose it was. From what I have heard about the judgement, it states that it not permissible to publish the names of members of the Renewable Heat...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: RHI Scheme Recipients (24 Jan 2017)

Simon Hamilton: I am not sure if the Member has appreciated or picked up the point I have been making. I appreciate that he, too, may not have seen the full judgement and will want to take a look at it. That is my publicly stated position, and it is a position that I stated in writing to recipients of the scheme. As I believed that there was a clear public interest in having maximum transparency, it was...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: RHI Scheme Recipients (24 Jan 2017)

Simon Hamilton: As you would expect, we have been seeking to publish details of the recipients of the non-domestic RHI scheme, consistent with a range of legal obligations. At all stages, I have sought to abide by the legal advice that I have received. Whilst I have heard many say that the privacy policy allowed for the publication of business details and some limited information, significantly some of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Brexit: Special Status for Northern Ireland (24 Jan 2017)

Simon Hamilton: The Member, unfortunately, has once again proven how her party has not accepted the result and the verdict of the British people. I welcome the clarity that the Prime Minister has brought to our negotiating position. I think that there was some doubt for some time as to what she was going to do or what she was going to seek, and it is now very clear what her objectives are. I will repeat...

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

Simon Hamilton: I have not had any direct discussions with the Minister for Infrastructure about that, although I support the improvement of infrastructure to the airport. I think accessibility is key to improving connectivity, and I know there are long-standing issues. I saw Mr Girvan in the House earlier, and colleagues from South Antrim brought a motion not too long to the House ago calling for the...

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

Simon Hamilton: That is an interesting idea the Member has. I suppose he is due a good idea. [Laughter.]

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

Simon Hamilton: That was fairly low. I will reflect on the comments he made, and it might be my last act in office if I was to take the Member up on his recommendation. He is, in his own particular style, making the point I was making in response to Mr Ford, which is that there are many different ways in which that competition really is not a competition. As I said before, we have to accept that Northern...

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

Simon Hamilton: Northern Ireland's centenary in 2021 will be a momentous occasion. Marking the first 100 years of Northern Ireland will be a landmark event and something we will be proud to celebrate. In recent years, we have demonstrated our prowess in showcasing Northern Ireland on the world stage, with events such as the Giro d'Italia, the MTV Music Awards, the World Police and Fire Games and the G8...


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