Results 1–20 of 533 for speaker:Emma Little-Pengelly

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Childcare: High-quality and Affordable Provision (12 Feb 2024)

Emma Little-Pengelly: I thank the Member for giving way. I want to highlight the point again that an Executive strategic direction called Bright Start was agreed by the Executive. Fifteen key actions were allocated against it. People seem to have forgotten that, but it was there. It is, I think, to the regret of everybody that that was not advanced to a full strategy, despite significant consultation, but there is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Childcare: High-quality and Affordable Provision (12 Feb 2024)

Emma Little-Pengelly: I thank the Minister of Education for giving way, and thank everybody for bringing and speaking on the motion. Will he agree that the Executive have been engaged in this for some time? Right Start was a strategic direction back in 2013 with 15 key actions. However, the big challenge that was faced was a collective pulling together to prioritise the resources and funds required. We know that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Public Finances ( 6 Feb 2024)

Emma Little-Pengelly: I thank the Minister for her contribution.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Public Finances ( 6 Feb 2024)

Emma Little-Pengelly: I just want to respond to the Minister of Justice first. In relation to the point that has been made, it will be for the public to judge what has been secured. It is certainly not a sufficient amount of money. It is better than where we were. We took the opportunity. It is important to say that all the parties involved took the opportunity to emphasise at the time that we had concerns in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Public Finances ( 6 Feb 2024)

Emma Little-Pengelly: I thank the Member for his contribution. The record shows that it is indeed the case that there were many parties willing to go back in. Nevertheless, today is about moving forward with consensus. I welcome the recognition of the hard work that went into achieving this significant amount of money, but, as I have indicated, today is about showing joint purpose and unity. It is not, in my view,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Public Finances ( 6 Feb 2024)

Emma Little-Pengelly: Thank you very much to everybody who contributed to the debate. The suggestion from the Alliance Member for North Belfast might set a dangerous precedent: if the First Minister and I could write letters to excuse children from school, we may be occupied for much of our time. I welcome the debate, and, like the First Minister, I welcome the support on this important issue. We felt that it was...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matter of the Day: His Majesty King Charles III: Cancer Diagnosis ( 6 Feb 2024)

Emma Little-Pengelly: I add my thanks to the Member for bringing this subject forward. It is incredibly important that, across the House, we formally offer our concerns and best wishes to His Majesty The King. We all know that it is about not just the person who goes through that journey, difficult as it is, but the huge pressure that is put on the family and friends of those who are suffering. I am sure that many...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Appointment of the First Minister and deputy First Minister ( 3 Feb 2024)

Emma Little-Pengelly: First, Mr Speaker, may I congratulate you on being elected by both sides of the House to serve as Speaker? I know that you will carry out your duties with diligence, for which you are known, and great dedication. As one of the class of 1998, you have unrivalled experience on these Benches. I look forward to working with you and the rest of your team in the Speaker's Office. I also wish the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Appointment of the First Minister and deputy First Minister ( 3 Feb 2024)

Emma Little-Pengelly: I confirm that I am willing to take up the office of deputy First Minister, and I affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office as set out in schedule 4 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Election of Speaker and Deputy Speakers (27 Oct 2022)

Emma Little-Pengelly: I thank the Member for giving way. I hear some laughter across the Chamber, but does the Member agree that the DUP went back into government in 2020 on the condition, as outlined in 'New Decade, New Approach', that Northern Ireland's place as an integral part of the United Kingdom would be fully restored? In government, we sought to renegotiate the worst parts of the protocol, but, instead of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Election of Speaker and Deputy Speakers ( 3 Aug 2022)

Emma Little-Pengelly: On a point of order, Mr Acting Speaker. The Member for West Belfast said on the record in the House something that is factually untrue: that the Minister of Education has backed a reduction in pay for teachers. I ask you, Mr Acting Speaker, to require the Member for West Belfast to retract that comment or to produce evidence otherwise, because my clear understanding is that that is entirely...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Election of Speaker and Deputy Speakers ( 3 Aug 2022)

Emma Little-Pengelly: On a point of order, Mr Acting Speaker. There is no response to a point of order from a Member. I asked the Acting Speaker to make a ruling on that comment. It is factually untrue. To leave the comment on the record would be to mislead the House and the people of Northern Ireland. The Minister of Education has not backed any reduction in pay for teachers who are striking or otherwise.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Election of Speaker and Deputy Speakers (30 May 2022)

Emma Little-Pengelly: I do not have time, unfortunately. When the protocol came into effect on 1 January 2021, the problems unfortunately emerged. We have seen some solutions and some tinkering with those issues, but what we need now is a genuine resolution. The Member opposite asked, "What is it that the DUP stands for?". The DUP believes in Northern Ireland and wants Northern Ireland to work. It cannot work if...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Election of Speaker and Deputy Speakers (30 May 2022)

Emma Little-Pengelly: First, I congratulate the Members who made their maiden speeches today. Well done to all those who contributed. I am utterly dismayed by the tone and nature of the debate. Of course we do not all agree; we all know that. I have been involved in the process since 2007, and I have worked with many Members across the House. The one thing that we all know is that, in order to make the process...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Election of Speaker and Deputy Speakers (30 May 2022)

Emma Little-Pengelly: Thank you, Mr Acting Speaker.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Election of Speaker and Deputy Speakers (30 May 2022)

Emma Little-Pengelly: I thank the Member for that contribution. The reality is that we all have issues that matter deeply to us and to the communities out there, and we must do our best to get those issues resolved. I appeal to everyone around the Chamber by saying that the only way that has ever worked in Northern Ireland is through us speaking to one another and trying to get solutions together. That has not...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Speaker's Business: Election of Speaker and Deputy Speakers (13 May 2022)

Emma Little-Pengelly: On a point of order, can we clarify whether there will be a translation or if is this a time to use the headsets? That would be helpful for all Members.

Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] ( 5 Nov 2019)

Emma Little-Pengelly: I am so very glad that we are here today and that we are getting to the final stage of this process. It has been a battle throughout, not least for the many victims and survivors of this terrible abuse. It has even been a battle just to get this legislation through the House today, and I pay tribute to everybody who has worked incredibly hard to get us to this point. My colleagues and I,...


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