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Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Public Accounts Committee Reports and Memoranda of Reply (26 Jun 2012)

Paul Maskey: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. I thank all the Members for taking part in today’s debate. I think that the previous one was in 2010, and a number of reports have been done since. I commend all the Committee members for taking the time to go through them and for having the patience to do so, and I commend them for all their hard work and dedication. I also commend the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Public Accounts Committee Reports and Memoranda of Reply (26 Jun 2012)

Paul Maskey: The fact is that there was no fraud at that stage; we could not find evidence of fraud. However, Mr Wells’s sentiment is 100% right. That is the difficulty. I will refrain from speaking about somebody being sacked or not; that is not the role or remit of the Public Accounts Committee, which is there to ensure that money is being spent well. That role is for Ministers and the head of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Public Accounts Committee Reports and Memoranda of Reply (26 Jun 2012)

Paul Maskey: I beg to move That this Assembly takes note of the following Public Accounts Committee Reports: Report on Campsie Office Accommodation and Synergy e-Business Incubator (01/10/11R); The Management of Substitution Cover for Teachers: Follow-up Report (20/10/11R); The Administration and Management of the Disability Living Allowance Reconsideration and Appeals Process (25/10/11R); Report on...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture and Rural Development: Business: Rural Areas (26 Jun 2012)

Paul Maskey: 6. asked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to outline what her Department is doing to assist the small and medium-sized enterprise sector and the micro-business sector in rural areas. (AQO 2274/11-15)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture and Rural Development: Business: Rural Areas (26 Jun 2012)

Paul Maskey: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. The agrifood sector is one of the good news stories of recent times. I was wondering, given the pressures that are on the sector, what measures the Department and the Minister can put in place to make sure that it remains sustainable and continues to grow.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Social Development: Housing Executive: Maintenance Contracts (26 Jun 2012)

Paul Maskey: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. Does the Minister agree that organisations such as Red Sky sometimes seem to be like the tail wagging the dog? They seem to have something over senior members of staff in the Housing Executive. When officers in the Housing Executive were trying to put a halt to some bad practice, they were moved out of their district office. Does he agree that that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Finance and Personnel: North/South Shared Services (19 Jun 2012)

Paul Maskey: Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. Does the Minister agree that it makes sense to work on a North/South basis and that there should be more of that, not only in government but in business?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Employment and Learning: Universities: Courses (12 Jun 2012)

Paul Maskey: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. I pass on my congratulations to my party and constituency colleague Jennifer McCann on her new role as junior Minister. I thank the Minister for his answers so far. Is research being done on future employment opportunities? What jobs are coming down the line for those now at university? Are they being skilled up so that they are job-ready when they...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business (29 May 2012)

Paul Maskey: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. With regard to some of the issues that were raised by the Minister, maybe somebody could explain the workings of the Assembly. It is not actually the Public Accounts Committee that scrutinises the Audit Office; it is the Audit Committee. Maybe the Speaker could write to the Minister about that.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Public Expenditure: Provisional Out-turn 2011-12 (29 May 2012)

Paul Maskey: The Minister mentioned the underspend of £700,000 from the Audit Office. I suppose it is up to the Audit Committee to go through the figures there. However, there is no mention of the tens of millions of pounds that the Audit Office, and its joint work with the PAC, has saved government in recent times, which has been very effective. Recently, the Minister’s Department has attacked...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Office of the first minister and deputy first minister: Institutional Child Abuse Inquiry (8 May 2012)

Paul Maskey: 2. asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the inquiry into historical institutional child abuse. AQO 1868/11-15)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Office of the first minister and deputy first minister: Institutional Child Abuse Inquiry (8 May 2012)

Paul Maskey: Go raibh maith agat. I appreciate all the work that has been done by the Department up to this stage. Is the deputy First Minister confident that the inquiry will receive full co-operation from all the institutions involved?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Fuel Duty (24 Apr 2012)

Paul Maskey: : Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. I have listened to the debate. Usually, debates last one hour and 30 minutes, but this has already lasted one hour and 40 minutes. I am due to speak for 10 minutes, if I take that long. We are grateful to you for letting the debate overrun by 20 minutes. I listened very carefully to each and every one of the other parties in the Assembly discuss...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Fuel Duty (24 Apr 2012)

Paul Maskey: : What I say about that is that our party, as well as the Member’s, has an MEP. We will take the negotiations to Europe as well, if that is what we need to do. Do not be afraid of negotiations, Roy. I think that we have to get involved in them. We need to consider a lot of issues. The important point is that we talk to people and negotiate the best means. If we do not negotiate, we will...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Fuel Duty (24 Apr 2012)

Paul Maskey: : I agree that it is having an adverse effect on many businesses throughout society, probably more so on hauliers, taxi drivers, and so on. That means, as was mentioned earlier, that food costs go up, taxi costs go up, and people cannot travel to and from work, go shopping or carry out their daily business. However, it is also stemming economic growth, which I think would be a major issue if...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Fuel Duty (24 Apr 2012)

Paul Maskey: : I appreciate that, a LeasCheann Comhairle. This is where the conversation needs to be had. We should not be afraid to go around the world to look at where fuel is more cost-effective, as that could be much more beneficial for our citizens in the North. Those are some of the main issues that we have to deal with, and I am not afraid to start tackling them. Other parties may be afraid to do...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Fuel Duty (24 Apr 2012)

Paul Maskey: : No. I am running out of time. Sorry about that. Jim Allister stated that the Sinn Féin position was lunacy. Jim just needs to look at himself in the mirror when he looks at loony policies, because I think there would be quite a few of them looking back at him. He did say that we can go and sponge from somewhere else. The fact is that the British Government have been sponging from the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Fuel Duty (24 Apr 2012)

Paul Maskey: : Thank you. There are reasons and other issues —


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