Results 261–280 of 299 for speaker:John Blair

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (No. 2) Bill: Second Stage (26 May 2020)

John Blair: I add my thanks to those expressed previously to the Minister and his officials for the work that has been done in recent weeks in response to a major crisis. I hope that, as well as other messages, when the Minister leaves today, he will take the message to his officials that all of us, I am sure, even when we do not immediately get the answers that we want, even when we make further demands...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: The Direct Payments to Farmers (Crop Diversification Derogation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (19 May 2020)

John Blair: In keeping with the position taken by the Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, referred to by the Committee Chair and others, I rise on behalf of Alliance to support the regulations. I offer support recognising that the derogation is limited in time and in scope and that, hopefully, there will not be any adverse effect on the overall efforts and aims to assist in the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (19 May 2020)

John Blair: On behalf of Alliance, I thank the Ministers for their statement today on previous amendments to the regulations. I also thank them and their Executive colleagues for the further information that was released yesterday, which will have brought some hope and reassurance to many people. We are reminded, especially at a time when some people are benefiting from reassurance, that there is still...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Census Order (Northern Ireland) 2020 (5 May 2020)

John Blair: My colleague has most ably just reflected on the difficulties for many of us on the religious question in the census 2021 questionnaire. I fully concur with her comments regarding that matter and I want to take the opportunity to make clear my feelings. In many ways, you could say that this is a personal comment and I think that is understandable in the circumstances because, just like...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (21 Apr 2020)

John Blair: I thank the junior Minister for moving the motion. I associate myself with the remarks of sympathy that have been made for those who have been bereaved and those who suffer. I also offer our support to our excellent and valued front-line services. The Minister convincingly described the terms of the regulations and, understandably, outlined some of the frustrations around them. He, then,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Agriculture Bill: Legislative Consent Motion (31 Mar 2020)

John Blair: I start by associating myself, and my colleagues, with the condolences expressed to the families of those that have already lost their lives in these sad circumstances. There are also those who are deserving of our thanks for their efforts in these sad and challenging times. I want to thank those working in the agricultural and agri-food sectors who are doing their best, in the most...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Discretionary Support (Amendment) (COVID-19) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (24 Mar 2020)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for bringing the statement and information to the Assembly today. I rise on behalf of the Alliance Party to support and, hopefully, raise a few concerns. In doing so, I will try to avoid a repetition of concerns already raised. I am mindful of the unique circumstances in which the motion was moved and the urgency that brought the motion to us today. I am hopeful, though,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: COVID-19 Preparations (23 Mar 2020)

John Blair: I also thank the Minister for her statement. Whilst, like many others, I support the emergency Coronavirus Bill and understand the rationale and urgency behind it, can the Minister assure Members that measures will also be put in place to ensure that any long-term impacts on basic civil liberties will be minimised, if possible?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Glider: North Belfast/South Belfast (16 Mar 2020)

John Blair: T2. Mr Blair asked the Minister for Infrastructure whether discussions about the north Belfast to south Belfast Glider link will take into consideration the fact that the population around Mallusk and Glengormley has increased massively over the years, with a great number of people coming to that area to work. (AQT 242/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Glider: North Belfast/South Belfast (16 Mar 2020)

John Blair: The Minister will not be surprised that I will take the opportunity now to do the same thing and ask that consideration be given to an alternative corridor to the one that I mentioned. That, of course, is the Antrim Road corridor. It has to be accepted that the other corridor is already served by a railway line, while the Antrim Road corridor is not. I am hopeful that that issue will be taken...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Hightown Incinerator (16 Mar 2020)

John Blair: 1. Mr Blair asked the Minister for Infrastructure for her assessment of the proposed Hightown incinerator. (AQO 338/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Hightown Incinerator (16 Mar 2020)

John Blair: I appreciate the Minister's reasons for the lack of detail or prediction in the answer. Can the Minister commit to working with the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, councils, environmental groups and others to ensure that such applications — current and future — on waste management are dealt with in the interests of the environment?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Assembly Commission Budget 2020-21 (16 Mar 2020)

John Blair: As the Alliance member of the Commission, I support the budget as presented and the statement made by the Member who moved the motion. I support the budget, for a number of reasons. However, before giving some of those reasons, I place on record my thanks and that of my party colleagues to the Assembly secretariat for the work undertaken by them in speedily getting the Assembly up and running...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: NDNA: Finances (10 Mar 2020)

John Blair: Is the Minister seeking the additional funding from Treasury on the basis of a package of agreed reforms?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Social Housing: East Antrim (9 Mar 2020)

John Blair: Can the Minister confirm her commitment to shared housing by ensuring that new housing that is planned for the south Antrim area and, indeed, all other areas will be shared housing? Will she also commit to ensuring that all shared housing projects are promoted and managed as being inclusive for all citizens?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Domestic Homicide Reviews (3 Mar 2020)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for the answers provided to this point. Will she outline the timescales for the introduction of the domestic abuse Bill?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Areas of Natural Constraint (3 Mar 2020)

John Blair: Similar to what Mr Catney and, perhaps, Mrs Barton said, I will speak on behalf of the Alliance Party in the hope that we can achieve an outcome, although I recognise that such an outcome will require some balance. I speak, however, in general support of the motion, its principle and sentiment. Let me explain: there have been changes in financial processes, regulations and, indeed, in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Violent Crime (2 Mar 2020)

John Blair: The Alliance Party supports the original motion in the name of Dolores Kelly. We can do that, not least because the motion calls for increased collaborative approaches to crime and the causes of crime. The motion also makes specific reference to victims and communities and the effect of crime on those two groups of people. The emphasis on collaboration also makes it easy to support the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Mossley West Railway Station: Parking (2 Mar 2020)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for her answers in relation to this additional provision in my constituency, and for her reference to sustainable transport. Is this not the ideal opportunity, therefore, to look at expanding our railway provision, where that is achievable and sustainable, like, for example, at the Knockmore line to serve Crumlin in south Antrim and the international airport?

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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