Results 81–100 of 299 for speaker:John Blair

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Illegal Waste Dumping (21 Jun 2021)

John Blair: With regard to pollution closer to home, it has emerged to me through questions for written answer and other queries that the Environment Agency has taken Northern Ireland's sole water provider, Northern Ireland Water, to court 73 times since 2017 over pollution incidents. What urgent action is the Minister taking to ensure that that public body causes no further pollution incidents in this...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Trafficking and Exploitation: Legislative Update (21 Jun 2021)

John Blair: T4. Mr Blair asked the Minister of Justice for an update on progress on legislation in relation to victims of trafficking and exploitation. (AQT 1444/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Trafficking and Exploitation: Legislative Update (21 Jun 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for the answer. Separate to the legislative process, can the Minister confirm that there could be a major negative impact on victims of crime if this legislation does not proceed with some haste?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (No. 2) Bill: Second Stage (8 Jun 2021)

John Blair: I support the Bill. I will make some brief comments in addition to those that were made by Alliance colleagues earlier. In my case, the comments relate to justice matters. Before I begin, I should declare, as I have done before, my membership of the Northern Ireland Policing Board. I briefly commend the Justice Minister on the work of her Department in fulfilling New Decade, New Approach...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (No. 2) Bill: Second Stage (8 Jun 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Member for her intervention. I agree. I also agree that Brexit brought additional challenges. Those are matters that the Policing Board will look at very closely as they emerge, in conjunction with the Chief Constable, the Minister and, of course, the Committee. As I was saying, the finance package accompanying the document falls well short of the amount required. The Department's...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Search, Seizure and Detention of Property: Code of Practice) Order (Northern Ireland) 2021 (8 Jun 2021)

John Blair: The Proceeds of Crime Act is a UK-wide Act that is designed to provide law enforcement with the tools to recover the proceeds of crime and deny criminals the opportunity to accumulate assets that have been secured by illegal means. It is an integral part of our response to tackling organised criminality. I am a member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board, where those matters were recently...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Intergovernmental Agreement on Criminal Justice Cooperation (8 Jun 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for the statement and for the information on the agreements reached and the advisory groups that have been set up. As my question leans towards the issue of violence against women, I want to refer briefly to the fact that there are further developments today in the Sarah Everard case in GB. I want to put on record that I am thinking of Sarah's family and friends. In...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Nature-friendly Farming (7 Jun 2021)

John Blair: I start by thanking Members for their contributions. I will reflect briefly on those contributions, but I also want to strive to dedicate sufficient time to the intent of the motion. The Committee Chair, Declan McAleer, in opening the debate, reminded us of the importance of the agri-food sector to Northern Ireland. It is one of our greatest assets, sustaining approximately 100,000 jobs and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Supply Resolution for the Northern Ireland Main Estimates 2021-22 (7 Jun 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for his comments. I rise on behalf of the Alliance Party to join colleagues in supporting the motion on the Supply resolution and to make some brief observations as a member of the Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee. As a member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board, I will make some additional comments on matters relating to justice. As other Members...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matters of the Day: Decision not to Prosecute Black Lives Matter Protesters (7 Jun 2021)

John Blair: On behalf of the Alliance Party, I add to the thanks expressed to Mr Carroll for bringing the Matter of the Day to the House. The PPS decision not to prosecute the Black Lives Matter protesters, who were exercising their human right to protest in Belfast and Derry/Londonderry last June, is the correct path of action. The demonstrations were, as we all know, peaceful and conducted in a manner...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Job Start: South Antrim (1 Jun 2021)

John Blair: 1. Mr Blair asked the Minister for Communities how many placements for young people were created by businesses in South Antrim through the uptake of the Job Start scheme. (AQO 2133/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Job Start: South Antrim (1 Jun 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for that answer and for the specifics on South Antrim. What action is being taken in South Antrim and more generally, in addition to the measures that she outlined, to encourage young adults aged 16 to 24 to apply? Are any incentives being offered in order to enhance that encouragement to apply?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Climate Change (25 May 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for confirming that he intends to introduce said Bill. Will there be specific emissions targets for the agriculture sector in the Minister's Bill? If so, what support is envisaged for that sector to assist it in meeting those targets?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Courthouses: Facility Upgrades (24 May 2021)

John Blair: My question has just been asked, but I will keep trying.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Victims' Payment Scheme: British Government Funding (24 May 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for the detail that she has given thus far about the victims' payment scheme. Some victims will have died before being able to make an application to the scheme. Sadly, others will pass away before it becomes operational. What provision is in place to deal with those victims?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Green New Deal (24 May 2021)

John Blair: I beg to move That this Assembly recognises that recovery from the pandemic and tackling the climate crisis go hand in hand, requiring an investment-led, green recovery that delivers on social and economic justice and rapidly decarbonises our economy; and calls on the Executive to deliver a green new deal that will create an equitable, sustainable economy filled with well-paid, secure,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Green New Deal (24 May 2021)

John Blair: In the wake of the catastrophic coronavirus crisis, our immediate priority must now be to avoid further disasters. The world faces a climate emergency with potentially disastrous consequences. Average global temperatures have risen by about 1°C. A report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UNIPCC) on the impacts of global warming of 1·5°C warned that the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Opposition to a Waste Incinerator from the Residents of Hightown, Mallusk and South Antrim (18 May 2021)

John Blair: I rise in support of the residents of Hightown and Mallusk and in total opposition to the proposed development of a waste incinerator facility by Arc21 at the site of the Hightown quarry. That is a position that I have held for some years. I will come to the reasons as to why I hold that position shortly, but, before I do, I want to reflect again, because I think that it was mentioned before,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Public Inquiry into the Murder of Human Rights Lawyer Pat Finucane (18 May 2021)

John Blair: I will return, if I may, to the matters of the motion and address my remarks within its confines. I repeat, because it is worth repeating, that, 31 years on, questions remain unanswered about the killing of Pat Finucane, and only a public inquiry can now assist the Finucane family in getting truth about the scope and extent of state collusion in Pat Finucane's killing. The UK Government have...


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