Oliver McMullan: 6. Mr McMullan asked the Minister for Communities for his assessment of the Supporting People programme. (AQO 836/16-21)
Oliver McMullan: Go raibh maith agat. I thank the Minister for his answer. Does he expect the introduction of the living wage to have any impact on the Supporting People budget?
Oliver McMullan: I thank the Minister for her answers so far. I agree with you on the protection of birds. You mentioned Operation Raptor. Can you give us an update on where we are with that?
Oliver McMullan: 2. Mr McMullan asked the Assembly Commission for an update on the development of a languages policy. (AQO 803/16-21)
Oliver McMullan: I thank the Member for his answer. What is the Commission doing to fulfil its obligations under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages?
Oliver McMullan: 2. Mr McMullan asked the Minister for Infrastructure to outline his Department's plans to improve coastal defences. (AQO 760/16-21)
Oliver McMullan: I thank the Minister for his detailed response. Minister, I am sure that you agree that giving the public confidence again is paramount. Have you any plans to increase visits to the coastal flood defences, especially those in my constituency of East Antrim?
Oliver McMullan: I thank the junior Minister for his answers so far. I draw his attention to paragraph 11 on the threats to ecosystems from invasive non-native species. I will bring the question of Lough Foyle into this and the unregulated fishing practices of fishermen bringing in seed mussels. Some might be non-invasive species that could wipe out the natural mussel or oyster in that area. Will the work...
Oliver McMullan: I am pleased to see that there was a discussion about farm safety at the meeting. Did Ministers give consideration to making IT packages more available to the farming community? I am looking at the farm business scheme that has just been launched here. It is a matter of deep regret that IT is one of the ineligible items when you consider that anyone who goes online to apply gets 12 extra...
Oliver McMullan: Does the Minister believe that the SIF delivery model represents a unique and innovative delivery model to tackle disadvantage?
Oliver McMullan: I thank the Minister for his answers so far. Can you, Minister, give me your Department's assessment of the harm that the culture of paramilitary activity and domination in parts of Carrick and Larne is having on the educational attainment of young people and children? In the absence of such an assessment, will your Department consider carrying one out?
Oliver McMullan: I thank the Member for giving way. The Member made a good point when he mentioned the Wild Atlantic Way. I ask the Minister to look at that. We need to bring it up here. The Atlantic does not stop at the border; the Wild Atlantic Way should not stop at the border either.
Oliver McMullan: I thank the Minister for his answers so far. Minister, you are aware that, increasingly, there is a two-tier system in farming, with hill farming and lowland farming. Can you guarantee to the House that any strategy that is brought out will not affect the hill farmer and his unique way of farming?
Oliver McMullan: Minister, the young farmer scheme has turned out to be very successful. Have you plans to put any new measures in place to encourage more young farmers to come forward? They are the future of the industry.
Oliver McMullan: T2. Mr McMullan asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether the deputy First Minister can comment on the implications of the EU referendum result on people from other countries who have come here to live and work amongst us, given that, like many other people, he will be increasingly concerned about the rise of racism during and after the EU referendum, with the language...
Oliver McMullan: I thank the Minister for his answer. What can we do to reassure migrant and foreign national communities that they are welcome here?
Oliver McMullan: Were there any talks at your meeting regarding the territorial powers of the Loughs Agency, with regard to the British Government and Irish Government giving it powers to license aquaculture on the Lough? This has been going on for a while and I have listened attentively this morning about environmental projects that actually cannot go ahead unless the power is given to Loughs Agency to...
Oliver McMullan: Minister, earlier you mentioned two sites of repatriated waste. You said that there were four remaining sites and that there are another five. I am a little bit confused. How many sites are there? Is it nine, five or four? Will you list where they all are?
Oliver McMullan: Minister, you mentioned that there are five cases ready to go in the northern zone. Can you give us an example of one of those?
Oliver McMullan: 4. Mr McMullan asked the Minister of Education for his assessment of the value added by the Delivering Social Change improving literacy and numeracy signature programme. (AQO 326/16-21)