Results 1–20 of 877 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Christopher Hazzard

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Grants to Water and Sewerage Undertakers Order (Northern Ireland) 2017 (23 Jan 2017)

Christopher Hazzard: I thank those Members who have commented on the motion this evening. Some general issues and several specific points have been raised. I will turn first to Mr Farry's question: why, for the period of time? Members will be aware, obviously — we have made a public statement about this — that the Executive have made a commitment not to introduce water charges in the current...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Grants to Water and Sewerage Undertakers Order (Northern Ireland) 2017 (23 Jan 2017)

Christopher Hazzard: I welcome the comments. I am not sure if the Alliance Party members are upfront and honest with the people on the doors when they say, "We are against all of this, but, at the end of the day, do you know that we also want to introduce water charges?". I am pretty sure it is something that they keep off their election trifolds.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Grants to Water and Sewerage Undertakers Order (Northern Ireland) 2017 (23 Jan 2017)

Christopher Hazzard: I am delighted that the Alliance argument around water charges does not chime with more of the electorate and that the particular reason does not hold sway, because this Executive certainly are not for turning on this issue. There will be no water charges for domestic customers, and we have ensured that. I am very aware that article 9 of the water framework directive requires member states...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Grants to Water and Sewerage Undertakers Order (Northern Ireland) 2017 (23 Jan 2017)

Christopher Hazzard: I beg to move That the draft Grants to Water and Sewerage Undertakers Order (Northern Ireland) 2017 be approved. The order I am bringing forward extends the power for my Department to pay a grant to NI Water in lieu of domestic water charges. The current powers to pay a grant will expire on 31 March 2017, and the Water and Sewerage Services Act 2016, which was passed by the Assembly in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Executive Flagship Projects (17 Jan 2017)

Christopher Hazzard: Absolutely, and I am glad that the Member has taken the time to raise the issue. As he outlined, flagship projects are Executive priorities. I have had discussions with my colleague the Minister of Finance and with the Finance Department and it is very clear that the funding remains in place. These are priorities, and I, as Minister, have left clear instructions about my ministerial...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Executive Flagship Projects (17 Jan 2017)

Christopher Hazzard: The first point to make is that the £75 million is not enough, and I have had discussions with the Southern Government on the issue. I have met Shane Ross, and we have discussed the need to go back to the £400 million figure originally mentioned; that is the figure that we need to see on the table to move forward a lot of this. However, the Member should rest assured that flagship...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Road Repairs (17 Jan 2017)

Christopher Hazzard: We are well on target. I believe that nearly two thirds of the road repairs have been completed. We would probably have done a lot more, but, in some areas, NI Water and some utility contractors were due to lay mains. Instead of doing the resurfacing and then having it dug up, we decided to hold back in a number of places so that the utility work can take place and afterwards we will do...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Road Repairs (17 Jan 2017)

Christopher Hazzard: I do not recall the answer that I provided to you at that time, but I make a commitment to look at that and to come back to you on the situation as regards those two roads.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Residents’ Parking: South Belfast (17 Jan 2017)

Christopher Hazzard: We have to take cognisance of the fact that people are asking this type of question. It is not just me, the political head of my Department; officials are also keen for such schemes to go ahead. As we progress a number of the schemes, I have confidence that they will roll out. There is no doubt that, even since these stories hit the headlines, there is a big demand for residents' parking...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Residents’ Parking: South Belfast (17 Jan 2017)

Christopher Hazzard: I think I am due to receive that report in and around the summer. That is the situation. Let us make no bones about it; this situation would be a hell of a lot different if the Member's party had taken a different course of action prior to and after Christmas. This is no chutzpah.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: DFI Equality Unit: PFG Email (17 Jan 2017)

Christopher Hazzard: I am not aware of the email that you are referring to. If you want to correspond with me on this over the next few days, I will be more than happy for you to do so.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Maine Road/Lisnevenagh Road Junction (17 Jan 2017)

Christopher Hazzard: The Member will want to look at Hansard to clarify that. I did not say that it was untrue; I said that I was not aware of it. The Member has had correspondence from my Department — from me — that this has been the case. I also went on to say that there are a number of on-site, low-cost remedial actions that will improve the safety of that. It is not a case of misleading the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Maine Road/Lisnevenagh Road Junction (17 Jan 2017)

Christopher Hazzard: I am more than happy. We have a number of park-and-ride facilities across the North that are looking for enhancements. I have met some of my colleagues from across the way about Cullybackey and some of the upgrades to the train line and the situation we are in. I am very pleased to say that we will see serious enhancements to the park-and-ride in Cullybackey. Those will happen in the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: York Street Interchange: Update (17 Jan 2017)

Christopher Hazzard: The York Street interchange certainly remains one of my departmental road priorities. I recently published my decision to accept the independent inspector's report. My Department will now begin to engage with the community around a number of the issues that were identified in that report.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: York Street Interchange: Update (17 Jan 2017)

Christopher Hazzard: There are a number of issues that probably make it difficult to outline a very accurate timescale for moving forward with the York Street interchange, not least the fact that the funding difficulties that we faced have, I suggest, been exacerbated by the Prime Minister's statement today on Brexit. It is very clear that we, out of any of the states, are heading for a very hard Brexit.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: York Street Interchange: Update (17 Jan 2017)

Christopher Hazzard: Members can say "Hear, hear" till the cows come home, but when farmers lose out on various grants for various things, the cows will be coming home to an empty shed. At the end of the day, we were able to facilitate —

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: York Street Interchange: Update (17 Jan 2017)

Christopher Hazzard: Aye, it will probably be a warm enough shed, right enough. At the end of the day, Europe has been good to the people of the North regarding infrastructure projects, and the interchange is one such project that has suffered at the hands of the Brexiteers who cheer on the other side of the House. That is the situation that we find ourselves in today.


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