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

Stewart Dickson: I thank the Minister for his statement. I very much welcome his informing the House that we will look to strengthen employment law in Northern Ireland in the next mandate, particularly around the issue of fire and rehire. Minister, the reality is, however, that you and your party participated in wasting years, during which that type of legislation could have been introduced in this mandate....

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

Stewart Dickson: Quite simply, my question is this: what action will the Minister take now to meet P&O to discuss the issues?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Platinum Jubilee (14 Mar 2022)

Stewart Dickson: Like the Minister, I pay tribute to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in the Assembly for planting a tree today to mark Her Majesty's platinum jubilee. Does the Minister — this is probably apposite as he is also the Agriculture Minister — have any plans to provide trees to any school in Northern Ireland that wishes to plant one to mark this year?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matter of the Day: Cost-of-living Crisis (14 Mar 2022)

Stewart Dickson: I thank the Member for tabling this Matter of the Day for debate. It is vital that we discuss the current crisis. Nobody in the Chamber needs £200 to help them to pay their electricity or gas bill. That is the reality. Any money that the Assembly can distribute — it should distribute it — has to go to the people in Northern Ireland who are in the most need. Not everyone in Northern...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Bill: Consideration Stage (9 Mar 2022)

Stewart Dickson: I thank the Bill sponsor for this very important and timely Bill. In Northern Ireland, we have some of the highest rates of domestic abuse in the United Kingdom, with one incident occurring every 17 minutes, equating to around 8,500 domestic abuse incidents since the Second Stage of the Bill. How shocking is that? Domestic abuse has reached terrifying proportions in Northern Ireland. Support...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Legislative Consent Motion (7 Mar 2022)

Stewart Dickson: First, I thank the Minister of Justice and her ministerial colleagues for their important work on the LCM. Like others, I will keep my remarks brief. I am entirely supportive of the Minister's proposals. The Bill is going through Westminster, where, as others have said, it has had its difficulties and is highly contentious. However, the LCM simply deals with the essential section of the...

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

Stewart Dickson: I am interested. We obviously have not seen the list of consultees, Mr Carroll. You read a list of trade unions. Trade unions do, however, have a collective voice: the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Was it included in that consultation process?

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

Stewart Dickson: I thank Mr Carroll for bringing the Bill to the House. I have been a trade union member for my entire working life. I started out in 1976 as a member of the Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs (ASTMS), and I organised the first trade union branch in what was then the Ulster Polytechnic, now the Jordanstown campus of Ulster University. That gave me a taste for my trade...

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

Stewart Dickson: I agree with Mr Weir. It is vital that that space is there to allow for cooling-off periods and to allow people to give consideration. There will be times when people simply down tools and walk out. That is a fact of life, but it is then for those who are skilled in dealing with those situations to make contact with the parties to the dispute and bring them round the table. I remember a...

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

Stewart Dickson: Apologies, Mr Deputy Speaker. I will sum up briefly. The view of the Alliance Party is that this conversation is coming too late in this mandate. It is regrettable that the Minister has said that he is keen for legislation, that it can and should be brought forward, but not in this mandate, and —

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Employment (Zero Hours Workers and Banded Weekly Working Hours) Bill: Extension of Committee Stage (1 Mar 2022)

Stewart Dickson: I beg to move That, in accordance with Standing Order 33(4), the period referred to in Standing Order 33(2) be extended to 25 March 2022, in relation to the Committee Stage of the Employment (Zero Hours Workers and Banded Weekly Working Hours) Bill.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Employment (Zero Hours Workers and Banded Weekly Working Hours) Bill: Extension of Committee Stage (1 Mar 2022)

Stewart Dickson: I am representing the Economy Committee in the debate due to the ill health of the Chair and the Deputy Chair having other duties this afternoon. I welcome the opportunity to speak on behalf of the Economy Committee to seek an extension to the Committee Stage of the Employment (Zero Hours Workers and Banded Weekly Working Hours) Bill. The Bill was referred to the Committee for the Economy on...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: SPS Checks: Cost of Legal Advice (1 Mar 2022)

Stewart Dickson: 1. Mr Dickson asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for an update on the total cost of the legal advice he received in relation to halting sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) checks at points of entry. (AQO 3207/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: SPS Checks: Cost of Legal Advice (1 Mar 2022)

Stewart Dickson: Thank you very much, Minister, for a somewhat disappointing answer. Do you agree that sanitary and phytosanitary checks at points of entry are vital to upholding our animal welfare and good food standards? How will we deal with standards under the UK's free trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand, which definitely threaten our food standards and regulations?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Project Stratum (1 Mar 2022)

Stewart Dickson: Minister, there is not much confidence now between the DUP and the Conservative Party. You said in a previous answer in the House today that you were confident about the whole process of Project Stratum, yet the Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO) issued a report that issued criticism, particularly around the procurement aspect of Project Stratum. Can you tell the House what lessons you and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: High Street Scheme (28 Feb 2022)

Stewart Dickson: I declare an interest in that I received and spent the card, and it worked perfectly for me. Unfortunately, it did not work for others. I deliberately chose a high street trader who added 10% to the value of the card. The 10% was not to give to me; it was to give to charity. There is a lot of disappointment at the lack of a mechanism to do that. Given the distress caused to what, I accept,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matter of the Day: Russian Invasion of Ukraine (28 Feb 2022)

Stewart Dickson: I rise to speak on the tragic situation in Ukraine. On 16 February, with the prolonged tension with Ukraine continuing, the Russian envoy to the European Union declared that wars "rarely start on a Wednesday". In the early hours of Thursday morning, Putin declared war on Ukraine. In those few moments, explosions were heard throughout the country, and, by afternoon, 160 Ukrainians were injured...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: British-Irish Council: Energy (23 Feb 2022)

Stewart Dickson: Thank you, Minister, for your statement. I note that the UK Minister who jointly chaired the meeting is responsible for clean growth; that is in the title of his role. Was there any discussion, therefore, Minister, about deterring the development of blue hydrogen or fossil fuel-derived hydrogen? There is serious concern, presumably across all the nations, that that is not a clean fuel.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Supply Resolution for the Northern Ireland Spring Supplementary Estimates 2021-22 and Supply Resolution for the Northern Ireland Estimates: Vote On Account 2022-23 (22 Feb 2022)

Stewart Dickson: I will address two specific areas of concern in my capacity as Alliance spokesperson for the economy. The first is the financial arrangements around Invest Northern Ireland and its inability to provide financial support to potential investors due to the Budget uncertainty, and the second is the shortfall in funding for community projects in Northern Ireland due to the Brexit chaos, which was...


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