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Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Stability of the Institutions and Referral to the Assembly and Executive Review Committee (19 Oct 2021)

Robbie Butler: I affirm my support for the institutions. I am a devolutionist. I voted for the Good Friday Agreement, along with over 71% of the people of Northern Ireland and over 94% of the people in the Republic. I believe that these institutions, when working correctly, are the best vehicle for delivering for the people of Northern Ireland. The Good Friday Agreement set the foundation for a new and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: NICS Injury Benefits Scheme (18 Oct 2021)

Robbie Butler: T4. Mr Butler asked the Minister of Finance whether he has had any discussions with the Minister of Justice about the Northern Ireland Civil Service injury benefits scheme. (AQT 1694/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: NICS Injury Benefits Scheme (18 Oct 2021)

Robbie Butler: I thank the Minister for his answer. Is the Minister confident that the provisions on permanent injuries in the generic Northern Ireland Civil Service policy fully and safely address the unique environment in which prison officers work?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Schools: Contact Tracing (18 Oct 2021)

Robbie Butler: What update can the Minister provide on the feedback from principals and teachers on the revised contact-tracing methodology to help build confidence?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matters of the Day: Sir David Amess MP (18 Oct 2021)

Robbie Butler: I am sure that if, like me, you had not had the pleasure of meeting Sir David Amess, and I did not, you will have done a lot of reading over the weekend to find out what sort of a person and politician he was. It was a desperately sad thing that happened, but I was reading about the person he was, and he recently gave an interview that stood out for me. He has been talked of as an MP of very...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Education Catch-up Strategy (12 Oct 2021)

Robbie Butler: I speak on behalf of the Ulster Unionist Party. We reluctantly support the motion. It could have been worded much better. Mr Newton pointed to parts that can be supported, but, as I said, elements of it could have been worded much better. A couple of proposed amendments that could have added to the motion were unsuccessful. The Children's Commissioner, the Children's Law Centre (CLC) and many...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Cancer Screening for Firefighters (12 Oct 2021)

Robbie Butler: I thank the Member for giving way. Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. You covered a lot of ground. It was really good, Mr Carroll. One of the realities in the fire service is that our firefighters are attending a lot fewer fires than they used to, so the fire safety education message is getting through. Does the Member agree that we need to keep that fire safety education going so that we minimise...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Cancer Screening for Firefighters (12 Oct 2021)

Robbie Butler: At the outset, I declare a bit of an interest in this topic as a former firefighter of 16 years. Also — I have to check this, Mr Deputy Speaker — I think that I was an honorary member of the FBU up until very recently. I think that my membership has expired, but I will check that to be sure. I stand in support of the motion and the amendment. I particularly thank David Hilditch for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Cancer Screening for Firefighters (12 Oct 2021)

Robbie Butler: We in the Chamber will do everything that we can to support them.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Adoption and Children Bill: Second Stage (5 Oct 2021)

Robbie Butler: I associate myself with the Health Committee Chairperson's comments about the threats that have been made against our Minister of Health. The COVID pandemic has thrown up many anomalies in society and, sadly, one of those has been those who seek to diminish the people who are carrying the burden on their shoulders and trying to lead us through this life-threatening pandemic. What has happened...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Adoption and Children Bill: Second Stage (5 Oct 2021)

Robbie Butler: No problem, Mr Deputy Speaker. I thank the Member for his kind comments. The Bill talks to many of those issues. If not in technical terms, it is OK to speak to the Bill in terms that are not technical, because part of its purpose is to encourage people to foster and to adopt, so, when I say that I will not talk to its technicalities, I pray that you will indulge me, Mr Deputy Speaker,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Adoption and Children Bill: Second Stage (5 Oct 2021)

Robbie Butler: OK. As the Member said, we have a problem. The number of children living in care has increased every year for the past 20 years. Almost 3,000 children have been in care over the past 12 months. I talked to Foster Care NI, which told me that roughly 16 new children enter the care system every week. It is a very real and pressing issue that we must deal with. We need to ensure that the homes...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Universal Credit Uplift (4 Oct 2021)

Robbie Butler: I thank the Member opposite and his party for tabling the motion, which we will support. Today's motion focuses very much on the removal of the £20 uplift for universal credit and the impact that it will have on the poorest in our society, and I will cover some of that towards the end of my speech. While that is absolutely true, I do not believe that talking about that in isolation is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Question for Urgent Oral Answer — Education: Independent Review of Education Panel (28 Sep 2021)

Robbie Butler: I thank the Minister for coming to update us and the Chair of the Education Committee for tabling the question for urgent oral answer. Minister, given the impact of COVID and what we have learned from it so far, do you have a reserve list in case some of the panel are not able to contribute at some time? What are the contingency plans, if COVID impacts the ability of the panel to meet and get...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Amendment) Bill: Second Stage (27 Sep 2021)

Robbie Butler: The Member raises a really good point. It goes back to an offering that I made to the Committee to consider. If the Committee is minded to accept the first iteration, which "liberalises", as the Member put it, Sunday opening hours, I have said that the code and regulations need to be in place before that is enacted to ensure that the people who will use those premises are protected as well as...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Amendment) Bill: Second Stage (27 Sep 2021)

Robbie Butler: I thank the Member for giving way. I thank him for sharing his personal story; it adds real value to the purpose of the legislation. He raised an important point about the levy, and he is now talking about the online industry. When you look at the revenue that is taken by any gambling company, you see that the turf accountants and betting shops here at least employ people. The online...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Amendment) Bill: Second Stage (27 Sep 2021)

Robbie Butler: I thank the Member for giving way. Like many Members, she has rightly testified that Northern Ireland has higher rates of gambling than anywhere on this island or across the UK. There is a focus on the intervention piece, which is really needed. Does the Member agree that we also need to get upstream of the issue with young people in our schools, perhaps through the education sector, to...


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