Results 281–300 of 362 for speaker:John Blair

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland Assembly Commission: Centenary of Northern Ireland 2021 (8 Sep 2020)

John Blair: Mr Principal Deputy Speaker, I never shy away from answering questions of a greening variety, on environmental matters, of course. [Laughter] So I am sure that I can add a comment or two on that at the end. In relation to the question on the involvement of the wider community, it is a point well made. There has been an opportunity for members of the public and representatives of community...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland Assembly Commission: Centenary of Northern Ireland 2021 (8 Sep 2020)

John Blair: I could refer the Member to the answers that I gave on consensus and collective decision-making, and the Commission, of course, tries to encompass the different views that there are. If I want to take it from the angle of a different approach to next year's commemoration, I will just say that the Commission's approach deliberately dealt with all the events during the decade of centenaries as...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland Assembly Commission: Centenary of Northern Ireland 2021 (8 Sep 2020)

John Blair: I thank the Member for his question and other Members for theirs. Of course, my view on this is of no consequence because it might not represent that consensus view of the Commission. I cannot possibly answer that question other than to refer the Member to previous answers about consensus, agreement and trying to strike a balance.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland Assembly Commission: Centenary of Northern Ireland 2021 (8 Sep 2020)

John Blair: I thank the Member for the question. Similar to the position that I had to take on a previous question, I am not in a position to speak for the representative positions of others about respect or anything else. I can only refer the Member to the position of the Commission on reaching consensus and collective decision-making. Artefacts may be reflected in answers to other questions that are...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Climate Change Bill (8 Sep 2020)

John Blair: I acknowledge the answers given by the Minister and the work done by the Department and, indeed, others to achieve net zero. To frame this specifically in relation to the original question, can I ask whether there is an exact date or even a general timeline in the Department or the Minister's office for when a climate change Act might become a reality?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Justice Delivery (7 Sep 2020)

John Blair: T3. Mr Blair asked the Minister of Justice to outline what impact any attempt by the UK Government to undermine the Northern Ireland protocol, as alleged in the 'Financial Times', could have on justice delivery on these islands. (AQT 313/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Justice Delivery (7 Sep 2020)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for her answer. In addition to the negative impact outlined, is such a distraction at this time not likely to have a very negative impact on programmes already under way, for example, policing budgets and work being done with partners to deliver for the public good, and a whole raft of effects across the Department's remit and beyond?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Fuel Laundering: Successful Prosecutions (7 Sep 2020)

John Blair: Can the Minister outline, either separately to the speculation of today or otherwise, what her Department is doing to prepare for any potential smuggling and fuel laundering challenges arising out of the Northern Ireland protocol and EU exit in general?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Active Travel: South Antrim Investment (7 Sep 2020)

John Blair: 5. Mr Blair asked the Minister for Infrastructure to outline any planned investment in active travel in South Antrim. (AQO 554/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Active Travel: South Antrim Investment (7 Sep 2020)

John Blair: I thank the Minister not only for that answer and the detail therein but for the various replies to me from her and her officials on that issue in recent times. Will the Minister provide an update on greenway projects that were previously identified in consultations, specifically those in South Antrim from Ballyclare to Ballymena and from Doagh, Ballyclare to Draperstown?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Arc21: Planning Application Update (7 Sep 2020)

John Blair: Further to the questions that the Minister has answered, will any future decision-making process on this application take into full consideration, revisited and reviewed environmental concerns and consultation with the relevant environmental agencies, particularly with regard to air quality and whether it is a good idea to burn our waste rather than recycle?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Custodial Sentences for Attacks Against Emergency Workers (7 Sep 2020)

John Blair: I am almost finished, and I really do not see the moment. I have about 30 seconds to go. Such a move as is described would be a disservice to fairness and victims alike. There should be no difference in the sentence for murder. I urge the House to support the amendment.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Custodial Sentences for Attacks Against Emergency Workers (7 Sep 2020)

John Blair: I thank you, Principal Deputy Speaker, and I rise, on behalf of the Alliance Party, to move the amendment. I hope that I will also —

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Custodial Sentences for Attacks Against Emergency Workers (7 Sep 2020)

John Blair: — the reasons why, as we have been challenged on previously, we do not —.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Custodial Sentences for Attacks Against Emergency Workers (7 Sep 2020)

John Blair: I beg to move the following amendment: Leave out all after "Assembly" and insert: "recognises the seriousness of attacks against emergency workers in Northern Ireland, including police officers, prison officers, firefighters, search and rescue workers and front-line healthcare staff; further recognises the important contributions by victims, campaigners and respondents to the sentencing...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Custodial Sentences for Attacks Against Emergency Workers (7 Sep 2020)

John Blair: Thank you, Principal Deputy Speaker. Apologies for that. As I said, I rise, on behalf of Alliance, to move the amendment. I hope also to clarify the reasons why we, in this group, cannot support the motion. Like others in the House, I fully understand the sadness, anger and frustration when a police officer is killed whilst carrying out their duties, and I cannot make it any clearer that I...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Northern Ireland Assembly Commissioner for Standards: Appointment (7 Sep 2020)

John Blair: Mr Principal Deputy Speaker, thank you. I have the role of winding on the debate. I will do that and respond to the small number of responses that we have had. Before I do so, I will add to the comments that were made in welcoming my colleague Stewart Dickson back to the Chamber. I am very glad to see him here. Principal Deputy Speaker, you will, of course, understand that some of us saw more...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Northern Ireland Assembly Commissioner for Standards: Appointment (7 Sep 2020)

John Blair: Mr Principal Deputy Speaker, I am delighted that you were able to make that response before I had the opportunity to. I am sure that the Member's comments in the intervention will be picked up by the Chair of the Standards and Privileges Committee, who is here and who I thank for supporting the motion. I do not think that I need to go into much detail, but I thank Patsy McGlone for his...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: COVID-19 and Service Rebuilding (28 Jul 2020)

John Blair: Thank you for your patience, Temporary Speaker. I also thank the Minister for his perseverance. In his statement, which we are grateful for, the Minister touched on the resumption of cancer services. It has been reported that cancer diagnoses are down by somewhere around two thirds, and Cancer Research UK says that as many as 200,000 people across the UK are not being screened for cancers...


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