Results 121–140 of 302 for speaker:John Blair

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Green New Deal (15 Mar 2021)

John Blair: T1. Mr Blair asked the Minister of Finance whether he will lead on a green new deal strategy for Northern Ireland, given that there is no doubt that the pressing issues of the climate emergency and environmental protection require interdepartmental strategy actions and budgeting. (AQT 1111/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Green New Deal (15 Mar 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for his answer. Is there merit in requiring all Departments to review their baseline budgets and spending priorities with a focus on the climate emergency?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Localised Restrictions Support Scheme (15 Mar 2021)

John Blair: Businesses will face many additional challenges as we move towards COVID recovery. Will the Minister detail any plans for restart grants to assist businesses when they are eventually able to reopen?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matter of the Day: Death of Sarah Everard (15 Mar 2021)

John Blair: It is right and proper that we are discussing this Matter of the Day. I believe that a number of Members submitted a Matter of the Day on the issue. I, too, send my condolences to the family and friends of Sarah Everard and to all victims. A nation has been reflecting for over a week now on the matter of violence by men against women. There has, of course, also been much analysis of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland: Dedicated Mechanism (8 Mar 2021)

John Blair: 2. Mr Blair asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the initial work of the Equality Commission and Human Rights Commission regarding the dedicated mechanism. (AQO 1687/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland: Dedicated Mechanism (8 Mar 2021)

John Blair: I thank the First Minister for her answer. Further to that, will the First Minister clarify whether the joint commission has or will be given the access required to departmental information to determine the current and possible future challenges and issues that may arise across Departments because of EU exit?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Agri-food Industry: COVID-19 Support (2 Mar 2021)

John Blair: What considerations have been given to providing Northern Ireland wool producers with urgent financial assistance? They too have seen a fall in revenue as a result of COVID-19 and will continue to see its effects as we move towards recovery.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Assembly Commission Budget 2021-22 (2 Mar 2021)

John Blair: I beg to move That this Assembly notes the position of the Audit Committee on its scrutiny of the Assembly Commission's budget for 2021-22, as set out in its letter to the Minister of Finance on 14 December 2020 and laid before the Assembly on 22 February 2021; and agrees the Assembly Commission's budget for 2021-22.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Assembly Commission Budget 2021-22 (2 Mar 2021)

John Blair: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. In proposing this motion, the Assembly Commission wishes to highlight the methodology used to set its budget. The Commission notes that it involves the development of a draft budget by the Commission, scrutiny of that draft budget by the Audit Committee and input from the Department of Finance to help to inform the Committee's scrutiny. The motion and subsequent...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Question for Urgent Oral Answer — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Port Inspection Facilities (1 Mar 2021)

John Blair: What discussions or consultations took place between the Minister and the business or sector representative groups relating directly to the decision that he took to cease the construction of necessary infrastructure at the ports? Does the Minister believe that he has any support whatsoever from those sectors on the decision that he took?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: The draft Direct Payments to Farmers (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (22 Feb 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for his opening remarks. I also thank you, Mr Speaker, your office, the Assembly secretariat and all officials for making possible remote access to Assembly debate following requests from me, my party colleague Kellie Armstrong and other Members. We are grateful for the work of officials in the interests of Members, staff and, of course, public health. As a Member of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Deposit Return Scheme (8 Feb 2021)

John Blair: My question was also answered, Mr Principal Deputy Speaker.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Fish: UK Stocks (8 Feb 2021)

John Blair: I welcome the Minister, as others have done, to his first DAERA Question Time. I will go back to aquaculture. What steps is the Department taking to restore marine ecosystems? For example, will the Minister consider implementing a similar scheme to the UK's £500 million Blue Planet Fund?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Protection from Stalking Bill: Second Stage (8 Feb 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Justice Minister for bringing the Protection from Stalking Bill to the Assembly. Throughout the Minister's tenure, she has paid particular attention to the issue of coercive control. She should be commended for following through on her pledge to endeavour to tackle all forms of harassment. I commend her for her determination to address stalking and to protect victims of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Question for Urgent Oral Answer — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Checks at Ports (2 Feb 2021)

John Blair: I, too, welcome the Minister to his post and sincerely wish him well for the time ahead. Will the Minister confirm that there will be a determination on behalf of the Department that the threat of violence cannot influence government policy, international obligation or the resolve for all of us to work together to seek solutions to current EU exit issues?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Translink: Financial Position 2021-22 (2 Feb 2021)

John Blair: 1. Mr Blair asked the Minister for Infrastructure, following the announcement of the draft Budget, for her assessment of Translink’s financial position for 2021-22. (AQO 1497/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Translink: Financial Position 2021-22 (2 Feb 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for that answer. Can she give us further information and reassurance about whether the additional funding, which is, of course, welcome, can be used for the recovery plan for Translink and its customers as well as to alleviate the current situation?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matter of the Day: Condemnation of Threats to Workers at Border Control Posts (2 Feb 2021)

John Blair: Before I say anything about the Matter of the Day, I add my support to that expressed for Edwin Poots and send him every good wish for a full recovery. I echo the words of others who have said that all threats to staff are serious. That includes threats to Members of this House and their staff. I want to make it clear that I stand with Kellie Armstrong, Stephen Farry and their staff in that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health: RQIA Officials: Subsequent Employment (1 Feb 2021)

John Blair: T5. Mr Blair asked the Minister of Health to comment on the issue of recently resigned RQIA officials who have taken up posts with private care home providers, some of which have recorded high numbers of COVID incidents and deaths and on which those same officials may have written reports. (AQT 935/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health: RQIA Officials: Subsequent Employment (1 Feb 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for the answer. More broadly, then, does the Minister agree that there should be strict governance structures, perhaps even a stipulated time lapse between a public servant leaving the role of inspector and moving to a related business area in the private sector?


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