Results 1–20 of 299 for speaker:John Blair

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill: Legislative Consent Motion (27 Jan 2020)

John Blair: Principal Deputy Speaker, thank you for that introduction, and may I, in the opening remarks of my maiden speech, take the opportunity, through you, to put on record my thanks to the Members who sought me out to say, "Hello" and "Welcome" when I was appointed in July 2018? You will be aware, Principal Deputy Speaker, that that was a difficult time — it was a time of uncertainty — but...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Brexit: Basic Payment Scheme (3 Feb 2020)

John Blair: The Minister will be aware from the debate last week on the legislative consent mechanism that there is real concern out there that the measures emanating from that LCM do not totally cover all the pillars that are covered by the existing CAP. What action has the Minister taken to address that? If he has not done so already, will he meet the Ulster Farmers' Union to discuss that?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Woodland (3 Feb 2020)

John Blair: T7. Mr Blair asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs what action he is taking to increase woodland across Northern Ireland, which stands at around 8% and is the lowest in Europe. (AQT 17/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Woodland (3 Feb 2020)

John Blair: Very briefly, does the Minister agree that there should be a joined-up approach on that with councils, NGOs and voluntary bodies to increase the woodland and, of course, the number of hedgerows?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Reval2020 (3 Feb 2020)

John Blair: Like others, I congratulate the Minister on her appointment and wish her very well for the times ahead. Does the Minister, on behalf of the hospitality sector, support reform of licensing legislation in Northern Ireland? In addition, is she likely to report soon on a recent review of that legislation?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Economic Strategy (3 Feb 2020)

John Blair: T3. Mr Blair asked the Minister for the Economy what action she intends to take to ensure that, as referenced at annexe 4 of the New Decade, New Approach agreement, there will be an economic strategy, and to state how that will relate to all our constituencies and all our communities, particularly our rural communities, which do not get a mention at all in the agreement. (AQT 33/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Economic Strategy (3 Feb 2020)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for that answer. In addition to the point made, can I be assured that the economic strategy, as it evolves, will link to other strategies in other Departments so that matters like infrastructure, education and other social issues in the Department for Communities are considered as well?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Abuse of Service Animals (10 Feb 2020)

John Blair: I support the motion on behalf of the Alliance Party. I commend those who brought it before the Assembly. I welcome the interest in animal welfare and animal protection. My colleagues and I hope that similar attention is paid and sympathy shown when the House comes to debate other forms of animal cruelty, such as fox hunting and hunting with dogs simply for the kill. However, this is a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Non-domestic Rating System: Review (10 Feb 2020)

John Blair: Can consideration be given to valuations occurring perhaps more regularly than every five years? Can more advanced notice of those valuations be given?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: HIA Compensation Payments (17 Feb 2020)

John Blair: Like previous Members, I take the opportunity to welcome the Minister, a colleague of mine, to her post, and I wish her well for the future. Can I ask for clarification from the Minister whether those who have already given evidence to the Hart inquiry will also be required to give evidence again to the redress board?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Paul Quinn (17 Feb 2020)

John Blair: I assure you that I will try to stick to that.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Stalking Legislation (17 Feb 2020)

John Blair: T7. Mr Blair asked the Minister of Justice to outline her plans to introduce legislation to outlaw stalking, in the light of the fact that his constituent Fiona Jamieson has been in the news recently regarding stalking and the pressing need for legislation. (AQT 97/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Social Inclusion and Social Change Strategies (17 Feb 2020)

John Blair: 2. Mr Blair asked the Minister for Communities what co-production and co-design she plans to undertake on the outstanding social inclusion and social change strategies. (AQO 151/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Social Inclusion and Social Change Strategies (17 Feb 2020)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for that reply and her replies so far and in this, my first exchange with her at Question Time, I wish her well and welcome her to her post. Given the long list of outstanding strategies for social inclusion and change — a list that, perhaps one could argue, has been renewed by the New Decade, New Approach agreement — will the Minister assure the House that the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Landfill Waste (17 Feb 2020)

John Blair: Is the Minister actively considering, in addition to the public interest and the opposition referred to in the original question, the public expenditure element of the arguments about the Mallusk site? In relation to value for money, is he considering the fact that Northern Ireland may not need a number of these facilities and that alternatives already exist? In addition, the structure of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Landfill Waste (17 Feb 2020)

John Blair: — used in local government may not be effective, and also —.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget Bill: Second Stage (25 Feb 2020)

John Blair: Mr Speaker, thank you. I promise you that I will do my best to stick to those guidelines. I cannot promise to match in quality or duration the previous exchange across the Chamber, but I will do my best to stick to the guidelines that you have outlined. It is opportune that I am following Carál Ní Chuilín because I was going to refer, in the speech that I prepared, to my experience of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Inter-ministerial Group for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2 Mar 2020)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for the statement and the information that it provides. However, some of the outflow from the statement and the toing and froing here compels me to say — I hope that he will forgive me for not resisting the temptation — that never has there been less temptation or opportunity for an "I told you so" moment. The Minister and others will be aware that some of us did not...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Afforestation Programme (2 Mar 2020)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for his statement. He has guessed already — of course, correctly — that some of us are more enthusiastic about this statement than the previous one. In that regard, he is right. It is commendable that the Minister's personal interest in and commitment to the Forests for our Future programme are clear from the text of the statement. We genuinely thank him for that. I...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: T:BUC: New Strategy (2 Mar 2020)

John Blair: Given the need to address the needs of all communities, not just two communities, will the previous T:BUC strategy be subject to independent audit and assessment?


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