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Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Social Housing: East Belfast (19 Oct 2021)

Joanne Bunting: I appreciate the opportunity to bring forward this topic for the Adjournment debate, because it is a subject that is of great import in my constituency of East Belfast. At the outset, I pay tribute to Carole and Gary and their staff for their sterling work and their approach to addressing the housing problems that we bring to them. Would that the Housing Executive had a few more like them. I...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Social Housing: Points Allocation System (19 Oct 2021)

Joanne Bunting: T4. Ms Bunting asked the Minister for Communities for an update on the review of the housing points allocation system. (AQT 1664/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Social Housing: Points Allocation System (19 Oct 2021)

Joanne Bunting: I thank the Minister for that information. I accept what she is saying about the intimidation points; it is a very difficult area. Without question, however, there are people who abuse that system. What does she intend to do to put a stop to people abusing the system in circumstances where they claim that they are being intimidated?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Inter-parliamentary Dialogue (18 Oct 2021)

Joanne Bunting: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I am not entirely clear on whether it is in order for the Member to refer to issues like that when he does not know what has gone on over here. We have had illness in this section of the House. There are reasons why Members who were due to participate are not here. Perhaps he will want to reconsider those remarks.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Members' Statements: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery (18 Oct 2021)

Joanne Bunting: I, too, wish to be associated with the tributes to Sir David Amess. Today is UK Anti-Slavery Day, which is an annual reminder to us that human trafficking and modern slavery still exist across the world. Today also marks the beginning of Anti-Slavery Week, and there will be a number of events that aim to raise awareness of the harrowing reality of modern slavery, not least of which will be a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Members' Statements: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery (18 Oct 2021)

Joanne Bunting: — but, for the sake of the victims, it must not be the only time that we engage with the issue.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Animal Cruelty Register (5 Oct 2021)

Joanne Bunting: 11. Ms Bunting asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for an update on the implementation of an animal cruelty register. (AQO 2536/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Animal Cruelty Register (5 Oct 2021)

Joanne Bunting: I am grateful to the Minister for that answer. It is a serious issue that is of concern to many in Northern Ireland. As the Minister outlined, the problem is that, if somebody is given a sentence of not being allowed to keep an animal but there is no means of implementing or enforcing that sentence, it becomes immaterial. I am aware that, a couple of weeks ago, in response to Mrs Kelly, the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Comber Greenway: Lighting (4 Oct 2021)

Joanne Bunting: T2. Ms Bunting asked the Minister for Infrastructure whether, now that the consultation on lighting the Comber greenway is complete, she will outline the next steps and time frame. (AQT 1622/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Comber Greenway: Lighting (4 Oct 2021)

Joanne Bunting: I am grateful to the Minister for that answer. I look forward to seeing what comes out of the consultation and how they proceed. I will continue on the subject of sustainable transport. Pre pandemic, the park-and-ride at Dundonald was regularly at capacity. Post pandemic, that will continue to be an issue. Will the Minister outline what plans she has to address that, please?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Organ and Tissue Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill: Second Stage (20 Sep 2021)

Joanne Bunting: I hope I can retain my composure. This is not an easy subject. It is highly emotive and sensitive. As Members have said, it boils down to life and death for people. It is heartbreaking to hear the personal stories and to have them brought to your attention. For an awful lot of people, this is a head-and-heart call. It is really tough. My starting point is that I carry a card. I am on the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Organ and Tissue Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill: Second Stage (20 Sep 2021)

Joanne Bunting: — in having those concerns, I support donation. I want it to be clear that, as we go forward in the debate and to the next stages, which are inevitable, those who express concern are not doing so from a position of not supporting the register, a campaign and all those things. It is important that we do not lose sight of that. The views that are held are held strongly and genuinely. They are...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Organ and Tissue Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill: Second Stage (20 Sep 2021)

Joanne Bunting: I will give way first to Mr Frew and then to Mr Carroll.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Organ and Tissue Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill: Second Stage (20 Sep 2021)

Joanne Bunting: Thank you, Mr Principal Deputy Speaker. I got the point, and I am glad that you brought the Member to order. I do not want the debate to degenerate into that conversation. I do not think that the principle that I adopt on either of those issues is inconsistent. For me, life is always precious, which is why I am on the register. Life is precious from whenever it begins, and that is the subject...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Committee Membership (20 Sep 2021)

Joanne Bunting: Mr Speaker, I offer you and the House my apologies. I was waiting on a lift, and chose the wrong one. I sincerely apologise to you and the House.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Second Stage (13 Sep 2021)

Joanne Bunting: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for the opportunity to speak on the Bill. I want to speak to the human trafficking provisions, and, in doing so, I declare an interest as chair of the all-party group (APG) on modern slavery. It is an uncomfortable truth that modern slavery is happening in Northern Ireland today, and, sadly, it is not an issue that can be relegated to the history books. For some,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Damp and Mould in Housing Executive Properties (28 Jun 2021)

Joanne Bunting: I am grateful to my colleagues on the Communities Committee for tabling the motion and thus allowing us to voice a significant problem for our constituents across Northern Ireland. As we have heard from Members today, damp and mould in Housing Executive properties is a common theme across all constituencies and among those we represent, some of whom have reached the end of their tether....


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