Results 61–80 of 302 for speaker:John Blair

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Victims of Crime Commissioner (5 Oct 2021)

John Blair: The Member who asked question 1 referenced the wide range of issues that crime impacts on. There is also a wide range of people affected. What support is in place for the bereaved families of those killed by dangerous drivers?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Agri-food Sector: Labour Shortages (5 Oct 2021)

John Blair: 1. Mr Blair asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs what actions his Department is taking to address labour shortages in the agri-food sector. (AQO 2526/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Agri-food Sector: Labour Shortages (5 Oct 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for the detail in that reply. Given his contact with senior officials in Whitehall, has any request been made for an extension to or a review of the previous EU settlement scheme and the time frames for that? Is all of that worth revisiting?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Public Petition: Stop the Badger Cull (5 Oct 2021)

John Blair: I am grateful to you, Mr Speaker, the House and colleagues on the Business Committee for providing time during a busy schedule to allow me to present this petition. The petition, which received 10,529 signatures, opposes a badger cull as part of a bovine tuberculosis eradication strategy in Northern Ireland. In recent years, badger culls have been implemented in other jurisdictions on these...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards: Bespoke Agreement (4 Oct 2021)

John Blair: As a society that is, at least sometimes, still divided — I hardly need to remind the House of that — Northern Ireland works best through sharing and interdependence. It works best when people interact and when businesses have supply chains and sales both North/South and east-west. However, Brexit, particularly a hard Brexit, was always going to bring boundaries and create friction in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards: Bespoke Agreement (4 Oct 2021)

John Blair: I will come on to article 16 and to the actions taken and proposals made by my party in the previous months and years. The protocol is not without its challenges. Sanitary and phytosanitary checks constitute the main challenge for the Northern Ireland protocol. Therefore, negotiating a bespoke UK-EU veterinary agreement must be a priority. Such an agreement would ease the pressures arising...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Climate Crisis (4 Oct 2021)

John Blair: Key to tackling the climate crisis will be a move from combustion engines to electric vehicles. Will the Minister commit to exploring the introduction of interest-free loans for those who wish to purchase new electric vehicles, electric bikes etc, as was done through the Transport Scotland initiative?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Members' Statements: Police: Violence Against Women and Girls (4 Oct 2021)

John Blair: Like so many others, I was horrified and outraged that a Metropolitan Police officer should abuse his position of power and authority to abduct, rape and murder Sarah Everard. There is no doubt that the case has had an impact in this jurisdiction and in others. Before he murdered Sarah Everard, Wayne Couzens was the subject of three separate allegations of indecent exposure, one of which was...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Irish State Collusion (28 Sep 2021)

John Blair: I thank all Members who took part in the debate. Like my colleague earlier, I will speak in support of the amendment. First, however, I want to address the motion. The motion makes clear, as mentioned many times today, that the UK Government's latest proposed policy on legacy is deplorable and that the plan to prevent the prosecution of crimes committed during the Troubles is an unacceptable...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Small-Scale Green Energy Bill: Second Stage (28 Sep 2021)

John Blair: I will follow my colleague Stewart Dickson's earlier comments, which focused mainly on economic themes, and I will concentrate on the Bill's — indeed, the debate's — environmental aspects. To tackle the climate emergency and protect the environment for ourselves and future generations, we must leave behind the old ways of producing electricity. Northern Ireland has the potential and the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Climate Change (No. 2) Bill: Second Stage (27 Sep 2021)

John Blair: I share with many others the frustration at the incredible delay in progressing vital legislation on climate action. This is a point that has been made before here, including by me, but it is worth repeating that the crisis is no longer a looming threat but is here and is happening now, yet we prevaricate. The refusal to act at the pace the science demands is, quite frankly, deadly. We have...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Schools: COVID-19 Mitigations (21 Sep 2021)

John Blair: I am grateful for the answer. Does the Minister accept that the new approach to pupil testing, tracing and isolating has been poorly explained and implemented? Can she confirm that plans are being put in place to improve communications from the Department, the Education Authority and the PHA in that regard?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Schools: COVID-19 Mitigations (21 Sep 2021)

John Blair: 2. Mr Blair asked the Minister of Education how she will protect the safety of the school population in order to maximise in-school learning. (AQO 2438/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Roads in South Antrim (14 Sep 2021)

John Blair: Mr Principal Deputy Speaker, I assure you that I am not likely to stretch your 6.00 pm deadline. I thank my fellow South Antrim Member Trevor Clarke for securing this important Adjournment debate. Constituency MLAs are reminded regularly of the real need to continue to repair and upgrade our existing road infrastructure in the interests of road safety and, of course, pedestrian safety. At...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Independent Environmental Protection Agency (14 Sep 2021)

John Blair: In the interests of environmental protection, what is the Minister's assessment of the DUP's proposed withdrawal from North/South Ministerial Council areas of environmental cooperation and the impact that that is likely to have on areas of much-needed cooperation, particularly around environmental protection, pollution, water quality and waste management?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Second Stage (13 Sep 2021)

John Blair: Before I refer to the Bill, I commend the Minister of Justice for already delivering an ambitious legislative programme to reform our justice system, including crucial legislation such as the Domestic Abuse and Civil Proceedings Act (Northern Ireland) 2021. Although some elements of the Bill that is before the Assembly today have been dropped to aid its progression, it is, nonetheless, an...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 (Relevant Benefits) Order (Northern Ireland) 2021 (29 Jun 2021)

John Blair: Mr Principal Deputy Speaker, you and others will be glad to know that I, too, will be brief. I am not sure that I can match the brevity of the previous two speeches, but I will try. [Laughter.] On behalf of the Alliance Party, I join others in supporting the order, which allows for deductions to be made from universal credit when a fine or a compensation order has been imposed on a person by...


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