Results 181–200 of 302 for speaker:John Blair

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: COVID-19: Centrally Held Funding (10 Nov 2020)

John Blair: 11. Mr Blair asked the Minister of Finance what financial reserves are available to fund future economic interventions needed as a result of changes to the public health regulations. (AQO 1063/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: COVID-19: Centrally Held Funding (10 Nov 2020)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for his answer. Can the Minister provide an update on whether there is likely to be increased borrowing powers for the Northern Ireland Executive to try to tackle COVID-19 and to assist in recovery measures?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Order 2020 (3 Nov 2020)

John Blair: I will start with the statement that it is predicted that, in 2021, emissions from ETS industries will be between 126 million and 131 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. It hardly needs to be said that we are at a crucial juncture in efforts to mitigate the impacts of global warming. The decisions that we make today and the actions that we take will determine whether we succeed or fail...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Environmental Protection and Governance (3 Nov 2020)

John Blair: 5. Mr Blair asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs what consideration is being given to cross-border cooperation on environmental protection and governance as new arrangements are established following the end of the transition period. (AQO 997/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Environmental Protection and Governance (3 Nov 2020)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for the information provided on North/South cooperation. Can I ask about east-west cooperation? What action is being undertaken by the Department to ensure that Northern Ireland is included fully in UK Government consideration of post-transition period planning? I ask that because it became clear recently, as the Minister is aware, that Northern Ireland has not been...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Budget 2020-21 (19 Oct 2020)

John Blair: Will the Minister, in the interests of future planning processes, provide an update on the prospects of multi-year Budgets starting in 2020-21?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Aviation Sector: Support (19 Oct 2020)

John Blair: 3. Mr Blair asked the Minister of Finance to outline any recent discussions he has had with Executive colleagues on targeted support for the aviation sector. (AQO 923/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Aviation Sector: Support (19 Oct 2020)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for his answer. In relation to the help that is available to the aviation sector and, in particular, to Belfast International Airport in my constituency, will he detail any discussions that he has had with the Treasury about the possible removal of domestic air passenger duty?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Onshore Petroleum Licensing and Drilling (13 Oct 2020)

John Blair: I welcome Minister Mallon's recent plans to extend the planning permission requirement to cover exploration for oil and gas, including fracking. It is a welcome announcement and, in my opinion, a critical step towards the cessation of petroleum exploration and the detrimental associated environmental impacts that it causes. Like the proposer of the motion, I thank the campaigners who have...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill [HL] 2019-21: Support (13 Oct 2020)

John Blair: On behalf of the Alliance Party, I support the motion, which rightly addresses the reality of modern slavery and, in turn, raises awareness. Like other Members, I would like to thank the Members who tabled the motion. When considered in historical terms, the word "slavery" conjures up images that it seemed had been relegated firmly to the past, but the reality is that more people are enslaved...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Official Opposition: Referral to the Assembly and Executive Review Committee (13 Oct 2020)

John Blair: I thank Members for their contributions. As my Commission colleague Dolores Kelly said, the purpose of the motion is very specific. The Assembly Commission seeks the agreement of the Assembly to refer to the Assembly and Executive Review Committee the matter of a review of the arrangements provided for an Opposition as set out in the New Decade, New Approach deal. Therefore, there is little,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: The European Union/United Kingdom Withdrawal Agreement (12 Oct 2020)

John Blair: Like my party colleague Stewart Dickson, I rise to express my deep concerns about recent developments relating to the UK Government's Internal Market Bill proposals that threatened to break international law. That will not surprise any Members. I urge the Assembly to support the motion and the amendment. I urge the UK Government to reconsider their proposals and to engage with the EU...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Increasing the Number of Police Officers in Northern Ireland (12 Oct 2020)

John Blair: On behalf of Alliance, I support the amendment in the first instance. At the outset, I should declare an interest as a member of the Policing Board. The amendment, I believe, correctly addresses the realities of the long-awaited increase in PSNI officer numbers, as well as the significant shortfall in UK Government funding made available to fulfil New Decade, New Approach commitments. The...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Waste Disposal: Non-recyclable Goods (12 Oct 2020)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for his answer. Waste incinerators have been measured as an expensive method of generating energy and handling waste. Will the Minister give the House his Department's assessment of the economic burden that the proposed Hightown incinerator would have on local councils and their environmental services' capacity?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Waste Disposal: Non-recyclable Goods (12 Oct 2020)

John Blair: 4. Mr Blair asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, in considering the outcome of the consultation on future recycling and separate collection of waste of a household nature in Northern Ireland, whether his Department will review the projected waste disposal processes of non-recyclable goods. (AQO 866/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Victims of Crime Commissioner: Appointment (5 Oct 2020)

John Blair: I rise on behalf of the Alliance Party to support the motion, although I should make it clear at the outset that I see the motion as a framework on which to build a more comprehensive and operative support system through which all victims of crime will receive a level of support that is suitable to their individual circumstances and requirements. Of course, the circumstances surrounding each...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matter of the Day: Derek Mahon (5 Oct 2020)

John Blair: All of us who love poetry in Northern Ireland and, indeed, many beyond will be saddened to hear of the death of Derek Mahon, who was one of our great writers. It particularly hits home for those from north Belfast and south Antrim, as his early poem 'Glengormley' originated in the area. It says: "By Necessity, if not choice, I live here too." As one who lives there too, on behalf of my...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Fisheries Bill: Legislative Consent Motion (29 Sep 2020)

John Blair: On behalf of Alliance, I support the legislative consent motion, although I see it as a holding position — an interim measure —and a framework on which to build a Bill and policies that are bespoke to Northern Ireland's unique circumstances. The Fisheries Bill goes some way towards addressing the conservation governance gaps that our exit from the European Union exposes. However, issues...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Helen's Law: Introduction of Equivalent Legislation (28 Sep 2020)

John Blair: First, I want to echo the sentiments of other Members in applauding Charlotte Murray's family for their courage and commitment in pursuing their campaign and to see change. Charlotte was a loved daughter and sister, who was callously taken from her family — a family who have endured unimaginable suffering, the pain of not being able to lay their sister to rest and of not having a place to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Legislative Error Resulting in Invalid Convictions for Sexual Offences (28 Sep 2020)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for the statement, which deals ably with the seriousness of the problems but addresses the fact that they originated in a time prior to the devolution of justice powers. I ask the Minister what actions the Department of Justice might be able to take now. What considerations are being given to whether offenders can seek compensation for being convicted in the wrong court?...


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