Results 1–20 of 1265 for speaker:Mike Nesbitt

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health: HSC Staff Recognition Payment: Independent Sector (19 Oct 2021)

Mike Nesbitt: Will the Minister confirm that his officials with responsibility for other recipients of the payment, including primary care, pharmacy, dental and ophthalmology workers, are fully linked in and working to deliver the payment ASAP?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland: Independent Evaluation (18 Oct 2021)

Mike Nesbitt: I declare an interest as a member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board. Some Members expressed regret about the fact that we are having this debate. My regret is about some of the tone and content of the remarks to date. It is easy — you might even say that it is quite lazy — to attack the debate on the basis that it is political unionism getting excited, as if every unionist always...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland: Independent Evaluation (18 Oct 2021)

Mike Nesbitt: Just let me finish this. The Chief Constable, of course, whatever he is, comes with a background in policing. That is an imbalance that we need to consider. I give way to Mr Chambers.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland: Independent Evaluation (18 Oct 2021)

Mike Nesbitt: I thank Mr Chambers. I certainly see the logic of that, and it is worth looking at. People with other skills, such as management or governance, can add something to the mix, but, if we are talking about making the police accountable, a knowledge of policing is highly desirable. Mrs Kelly talked about a recent example of the ombudsman's views, which is to oppose the use of spit and bite guards...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland: Independent Evaluation (18 Oct 2021)

Mike Nesbitt: I hear that in stereo, thank you very much, Mr Speaker. The ombudsman was unable to answer me in any effective way about what would happen to that police officer who deployed a spit and bite guard under those exact circumstances. To me, it illustrates that there is a significant difference between theoretical policing, which, it seems to me, is what the ombudsman practises at times, and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Education Capital Plans (18 Oct 2021)

Mike Nesbitt: The original question was about concerns regarding the increased costs of raw materials and labour. Does the Minister have any concerns about the availability of appropriate raw materials and suitably skilled labour?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Members' Statements: HMS Caroline (18 Oct 2021)

Mike Nesbitt: I begin by offering my sympathy to the family of Sir David Amess and stand in solidarity with all elected representatives at this time. I echo Mr Clarke's congratulations to Mark Allen for his success in the Northern Ireland Open snooker competition yesterday. Let us also recall that Rory McIlroy won the CJ Cup in Nevada at the same time, which was his twentieth win on the PGA Tour and made...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Question for Urgent Oral Answer — The Executive Office: North/South Ministerial Council Meetings: High Court Ruling (12 Oct 2021)

Mike Nesbitt: The First Minister referred to commitments that were made in New Decade, New Approach. On that basis, does he think that the court ruling makes a bill of rights more or less desirable?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Economic Recovery Action Plan (12 Oct 2021)

Mike Nesbitt: When does the scheme go live? What are the exact qualifying criteria?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Labour Shortages (11 Oct 2021)

Mike Nesbitt: I thank the Member for his intervention. The final part of the motion certainly calls on the Government to rectify the situation. What I am saying is that I am giving you how it can be rectified, not just calling for it to be rectified: get the MAC to look at the issue.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Labour Shortages (11 Oct 2021)

Mike Nesbitt: I give way to the Chair of the Economy Committee.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Labour Shortages (11 Oct 2021)

Mike Nesbitt: I thank the Member for her point. Just because you do not succeed once does not mean that you should not try a second time. We face a broader, deeper global problem. Recently, I listened to Miguel Patricio, the boss of Kraft Heinz — one of the biggest agri-food businesses in the United States — saying on the BBC that inflation is the problem across the board. The cost of ingredients such...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Labour Shortages (11 Oct 2021)

Mike Nesbitt: I am sorry, Mr Deputy Speaker. I was not watching the clock. Sadly, we will not support the motion, because it is too narrow.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Labour Shortages (11 Oct 2021)

Mike Nesbitt: The Ulster Unionist Party will not support the motion, not because we are blind to the fact that there is an issue but because we believe that the motion is too narrow and is, frankly, founded in ideological opportunism. I ask Members to remind themselves that that comes from a man who was totally against Brexit, who was leader of the Ulster Unionist Party in 2016, who campaigned to remain...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Arts and the Creative Industries (11 Oct 2021)

Mike Nesbitt: I thank every Member who contributed to the debate; it is much appreciated. Many years ago, on my first visit to what was then the Arts Council headquarters at MacNeice House on the Malone Road, I was struck by the fireplace in the reception area. There was one of those big charity cheques which made clear that, for every pound that we invested in the arts and creative industries in Northern...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: Commissioner for Victims and Survivors: Appointment (11 Oct 2021)

Mike Nesbitt: I put it to the First Minister that there is one function that has not been able to carry on because of the absence of a Victims' Commissioner, and that is with regard to appointments to the Victims and Survivors Forum.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: Historical Institutional Abuse: Redress Process (11 Oct 2021)

Mike Nesbitt: Has the First Minister given any thought to a proposal that I put on the table some time ago, which is that, in order to take some strain off the public purse, the institutions that should be contributing to redress could pay a lump sum up front, which could be refunded if it is too much?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Arts and the Creative Industries (11 Oct 2021)

Mike Nesbitt: I beg to move That this Assembly acknowledges the importance of the arts and creative industries sectors, both to life in Northern Ireland and to our local economy; recognises that an estimated 8,000 people are employed within the arts and creative industries sectors, many of whom are self-employed; further recognises the pressure that has been felt by the sectors as a result of the COVID-19...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Arts and the Creative Industries (11 Oct 2021)

Mike Nesbitt: It gives me great pleasure to commend the motion to the House. I acknowledge the amendment that has been tabled by colleagues in the Social Democratic and Labour Party. I see no great injury in the amendment, but I will do its proposer the respect of listening to the argument before we come to the vote. I have some declarations of interest to make. My 24-year-old son Christopher is a...


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