Results 661–680 of 724 for speaker:Claire Hanna

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Investing in the Teaching Workforce (19 Jan 2016)

Claire Hanna: 3. Ms Hanna asked the Minister of Education for his assessment of how the Investing in the Teaching Workforce scheme will impact on those teachers who graduated before 2013-14, including their ability to obtain a permanent post. (AQO 9422/11-16)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Investing in the Teaching Workforce (19 Jan 2016)

Claire Hanna: I thank the Minister for his answer. The scheme has caused upset. I do not think that we can consider them new posts; they are obviously just replacement posts. The scheme will not create new employment. After 10 years of the Minister's party holding the education portfolio, will he comment on whether young teachers in training or those who are considering teacher training have been told...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget 2016-17 (19 Jan 2016)

Claire Hanna: I welcome the opportunity to speak on behalf of the SDLP on the Budget. However, I do not really welcome the content of it, which, I think, limits the scope of the discussion. Others have said that it is a Budget that lacks planning and serious analysis. I know that nobody reads a document like this to be entertained, but it is turgid and lacks imagination and some of the finesse that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget 2016-17 (19 Jan 2016)

Claire Hanna: I thank the Member for his intervention, which I was happy to take, as I think that it is good practice. I am glad that you brought up the A5. Look at the detail. The chronic underinvestment in education is now manifesting itself in the geography that is evident in this document. We have these seven flagship projects identified, at a cost of just over £1 billion. On my reading, there is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget 2016-17 (19 Jan 2016)

Claire Hanna: No, I will not, because I have a few things to get through. I have only got three minutes; maybe I will find the positives in your Budget in that time, but I do not think so. There are other areas that they have given up on —

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget 2016-17 (19 Jan 2016)

Claire Hanna: Yes, as I say, the education cuts affect geography. I am glad that you have conceded that that is, in fact, the length of your ambition for the much-heralded road from Belfast to Derry. It is not just in infrastructure and in roads that the Budget has given up. It has given up on the fight against criminality. Before, prison officers in Northern Ireland lived in fear of being attacked in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Rates (Amendment) Bill: Second Stage (19 Jan 2016)

Claire Hanna: I thank the Minister for his introduction. We have a long day in front of us, so I will not labour the points. There are about 20 Bills, I think, going through at various stages, and if we did not give this one accelerated passage, it would not make it through. It is a good Bill. They are good provisions, and we support them, but I do not think we should overuse the accelerated passage...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: Anti-poverty Strategy: Update (18 Jan 2016)

Claire Hanna: 2. Ms Hanna asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the production and delivery of an anti-poverty strategy. (AQO 9379/11-16)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: Anti-poverty Strategy: Update (18 Jan 2016)

Claire Hanna: I add my congratulations to the First Minister. It is an exciting appointment for Northern Ireland, and I wish you well. Having a strategy is not a silver bullet. We have a child poverty strategy, but the Institute for Fiscal Studies says that child poverty is on the increase here. Can you confirm whether a specific and coherent anti-poverty strategy will be produced as part of the next...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Employment Bill: Second Stage (12 Jan 2016)

Claire Hanna: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I am keen to get out of here for lunch and be finished up, so I intend to wrap up. I know that a lot of the issues have been explored at length. There is a lot of the Bill that we welcome and, I know, most stakeholders welcome. It is important that it all gets through. As we have talked about, there is that balance to be struck between flexibility for employers and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Employment Bill: Second Stage (12 Jan 2016)

Claire Hanna: I think that we should, and I am about to suggest some specific amendments. I do not think that we want to be in the business of outlawing them. As I said, there are situations where they can work, but you can ameliorate their very worst aspects. I am not an expert on how quickly Bills move through, and, as I said, we do not want to throw the baby out with the bathwater. We do not want to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Employment Bill: Second Stage (12 Jan 2016)

Claire Hanna: Yes, I will. I will do it by 1.00 pm. The balance of flexibility is not an excuse for exploitation. We welcome everything else in the Bill, and we think that we could get some of those minor provisions. We are not saying that it should be banned — we appreciate that it has its use — but we should take the worst aspects out for those who are bearing the brunt of it.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Regional Development: Flags: DRD Street Furniture (11 Jan 2016)

Claire Hanna: I thank the Minister for her answers to date. I agree with others that the flags protocol is being widely ignored in many places. In my constituency, paramilitary flags fly on many lamp posts, including on main thoroughfares. I share your view that DRD is probably not the appropriate lead agency on that, but, in the absence of a regulatory framework, it is in charge. Can you comment on...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health, Social Services and Public Safety: Junior Doctors' Contracts (8 Dec 2015)

Claire Hanna: 5. Ms Hanna asked the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety when he will make a final decision in relation to the proposed changes to junior doctors' contracts. (AQO 9294/11-16)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health, Social Services and Public Safety: Junior Doctors' Contracts (8 Dec 2015)

Claire Hanna: I thank the Minister for his answer. I think that you will understand the frustrations of ordinary junior doctors, particularly given the swifter resolution of this issue in Scotland and Wales. You will be aware that, as well as their safety concerns, junior doctors are worried about the impact that this issue will have on recruitment. In light of George Osborne's autumn statement and the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Higher Education: Part-time Sector (7 Dec 2015)

Claire Hanna: As somebody who completed her primary degree and a master's part-time, I am glad to support the motion on behalf of the SDLP, particularly my colleague Pat Ramsey, who I know has done a lot of campaigning on the issue but cannot be here today. Learning is certainly a lifelong journey, and people find themselves in part-time higher education later in life for a lot of reasons. Members...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: UN Climate Change Conference 2015 (30 Nov 2015)

Claire Hanna: Fortunately, I think that the targets that have already been put on the table would probably produce 3°C, which is considerably higher than the 2°C we need. Even those who are not motivated to alleviate human suffering — and I am sure that everybody in the Chamber is — global security concerns mean that getting a deal in Paris has to be an absolute no-brainer. So, these talks need to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: UN Climate Change Conference 2015 (30 Nov 2015)

Claire Hanna: I will not, because I am just going to finish up. We have got to stop seeing decarbonisation as a punishment and a threat. We have to start looking at the benefits it can bring to our lifestyles and economy. Hopefully, we in the Assembly, who are probably least known for our vision and long-term thinking, can confound that view and come up with something binding here.


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