Results 101–120 of 302 for speaker:John Blair

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...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: LRSS: Backlog (17 May 2021)

John Blair: T6. Mr Blair asked the Minister of Finance, in light of the fact that, like many other Members, he continues to receive a significant amount of casework in relation to the localised restrictions support scheme, for an update on the status of the scheme, particularly the backlog in payments. (AQT 1316/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: LRSS: Backlog (17 May 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for that answer. When the LRSS ceases, businesses will continue to operate in a situation in which their profitability and overall operations will be restricted because of continuing COVID regulations and restrictions. Will the Minister reassure us that that situation is being looked at to find solutions?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Shared Prosperity Fund: Update (17 May 2021)

John Blair: Before I ask a question, Mr Speaker, maybe you would permit me a moment or two to wish Paula Bradley all the very best on her elevation. Paula and I are, of course, former council colleagues, or adversaries, whichever way you look at it. We would not say that, but I genuinely wish her well. Will the Minister confirm whether his Department, solely or with the Department for Communities, is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Strategies to Protect Peatlands and Woodlands (11 May 2021)

John Blair: Before I begin, I apologise to you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for not being in my place to ask my question of the Minister of Education. I hope that you and other Members understand that that related to the choreography of getting here and the limited numbers allowed in the Chamber. My sincere apologies. With your permission, Mr Deputy Speaker, I will briefly mention the inquest outcome that found...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Redevelopment of CAFRE’s Greenmount and Loughry Campuses and the Development of New Beef Facilities at AFBI and CAFRE (11 May 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for the statement, and I, too, welcome the detail in it. We are living in a time of increased environmental awareness, and all of us want to build back better post COVID. I note that the Minister, understandably, referenced his green growth strategy. My party's recently published document, 'A Green New Deal', seeks to commit to assist farmers in diversification programmes...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Climate Change Bill: Second Stage (10 May 2021)

John Blair: I begin by thanking Clare Bailey and her team for taking the lead on this matter on behalf of concerned Members. I also commend Climate Coalition Northern Ireland for its experience, expertise and dedication to the Bill, and I thank it for its research and preparation and for keeping Members informed throughout the drafting process. Those of us who have been involved closely with the Climate...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: Goods Checks: Veterinary Arrangements (4 May 2021)

John Blair: On behalf of Alliance colleagues, I wish the First Minister all the very best for the future. I first met the First Minister when she was doing her duty in my constituency of South Antrim and I was a local councillor. I saw her dedication to duty on that occasion and have seen it since, and we thank her for that. I go back to the original question about discussions and work on veterinary...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Victims' Payments Board: Update (27 Apr 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for the information given so far on the scheme. A number of victims have died before being able to make an application to the scheme, and, regrettably, others may die before the scheme becomes operational. What provision is there in the scheme for those victims?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill: Second Stage (26 Apr 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for his earlier explanatory introduction of the Bill. On behalf of the Alliance Party, I can say that we are content with the proposed amendment to the Horse Racing Order to amend the name and beneficiaries of the fund so that the current operators of Down Royal racecourse are eligible for support. We also recognise that this is an outstanding and necessary measure that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Wildfire in the Mourne Mountains (26 Apr 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for the statement. I also thank him for the detail in the statement, which was a stark reminder of the biodiversity lost in the fire in the Mournes and in other fires, including the one on Cave Hill, which is close to my constituency, about a week before the fire in the Mournes. A number of days ago, I tabled a question to the Minister on what progress the Department has...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Agricultural Policy (13 Apr 2021)

John Blair: Minister, will future agricultural policy involve significant further investment in sustainable farming systems? Those will be key not just to a COVID recovery but to a green recovery.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland Assembly Commission: Wi-Fi Connectivity: Parliament Buildings (23 Mar 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Member for his question. The current Wi-Fi network was installed in Parliament Buildings in 2013 and originally consisted of 84 wireless access points located throughout the Building. As the current system supported a maximum of 100 access points, an additional 16 were purchased and installed in 2015 in order to improve the overall Wi-Fi signal coverage for Building users. The...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland Assembly Commission: Wi-Fi Connectivity: Parliament Buildings (23 Mar 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Member for his further question. I think that all of us have experienced problems with slow connections, be it with meetings from the Building or when trying to connect virtually. Wi-Fi speeds can be affected by many different factors, including physical obstructions, proximity to the nearest Wi-Fi access point and the number of devices that are currently connected. On Assembly...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Civil Justice Modernisation (23 Mar 2021)

John Blair: I am pleased to hear the emphasis on fairness in the Minister's statement, particularly the references to vulnerable service users. Can she tell us more about how her actions and proposals will advance fairness in the system, through either the work of the Department of Justice or departmental work with other agencies?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Active Travel: Update (22 Mar 2021)

John Blair: T1. Mr Blair asked the Minister for Infrastructure for an update on active travel plans and how grants to improve cycling and walking routes are being rolled out and utilised. (AQT 1141/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Active Travel: Update (22 Mar 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for that answer. How will the routes be identified, and will there be a proportionate concentration of routes outside metropolitan and urban areas compared with inside those areas so that we can reduce commuter traffic and, therefore, pollution?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matter of the Day: Murders in Newtownabbey (22 Mar 2021)

John Blair: In addressing a reflective Matter of the Day, I first express, on behalf of the Alliance Party, my deepest condolences to the families of Karen McClean and Stacey Knell. It is an absolute tragedy that, for a second week in a row, the Assembly is condemning and reacting to domestic abuse or violence by men against women in which women have lost their lives. These killings have brought grief to...


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