Results 141–160 of 299 for speaker:John Blair

Northern Ireland Assembly: Communities: Housing: New Homes (19 Jan 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for her reply. Can she confirm where those new homes will be built? Will she ensure that rural housing need in constituencies such as mine will be addressed?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Communities: PIP Assessment Process (19 Jan 2021)

John Blair: 2. Mr Blair asked the Minister for Communities when she will publish her response to the recommendations of the second independent review of the personal independence payment (PIP) assessment process. (AQO 1420/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Communities: PIP Assessment Process (19 Jan 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for that reply. Mr Principal Deputy Speaker, I echo your sentiments: it is good to see her back here. Further to that question, will the Minister do all that she can to ensure that the future provision of PIP assessments will concentrate on helping people to live independently, rather than making them prove their disability?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: North/South Ministerial Council: Agriculture (19 Jan 2021)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for his statement and answers. I welcome the work of the all-island animal health and welfare strategy action plan, which officials, North and South, are working together on to maximise cooperation on animal health and welfare. Which stakeholder groups has the Minister's Department engaged with here in Northern Ireland on the action plan?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Domestic Abuse and Civil Proceedings Bill: Final Stage (18 Jan 2021)

John Blair: On behalf of the Alliance Party, I express my genuine regret to the victims of domestic violence for whom this Bill has come too late due to a legacy of three lost years with no functioning Assembly. Hopefully, we can all resolve to do our best for those people and ensure that such lapses do not occur again in the future. I will start addressing the content of the Bill by thanking the Justice...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Question for Urgent Oral Answer — Economy: Supply Chain between Great Britain and Northern Ireland (18 Jan 2021)

John Blair: The Minister will recall, as clearly as I do, that those of us who warned and cautioned that there would be no good aspect to Brexit, no good outworking of it and zero benefit from it were accused four years ago and many times since of scaremongering. As we move towards trying to find solutions collaboratively, the Minister's reference today to a lack of preparedness in GB perhaps lets us...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Ports: DAERA Support — Air Quality: East Belfast (18 Jan 2021)

John Blair: Further to the Minister's answers, can he make a commitment that the clean air strategy will be published and implemented this year?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: The draft Alien and Locally Absent Species (Aquaculture) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (14 Dec 2020)

John Blair: As pointed out earlier by Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs members, the Committee first considered the named statutory rule last month. At that time, no member of the Committee raised any issues with the regulations. The Committee was on that occasion content with the merits of the policy and agreed that it should move to the next legislative stage. Pressures on...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: Racial Equality Strategy (14 Dec 2020)

John Blair: 3. Mr Blair asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the co-production and co-design with external stakeholders of a racial equality strategy. (AQO 1334/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: Racial Equality Strategy (14 Dec 2020)

John Blair: I thank the junior Minister for that answer. Does he not agree that time has been wasted in the successful implementation of a racial equality strategy, because, even long before COVID, there was too much lag in ensuring that we move forward with working alongside those in our communities and their representative stakeholder organisations?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland Assembly Commission: Assembly Staff: COVID-19 Working Arrangements (8 Dec 2020)

John Blair: I thank the Member for his question. Throughout the pandemic, the Assembly Commission, like other responsible employers and in keeping with all regulations and guidance, has sought to ensure the health and safety of all users of Parliament Buildings, including Assembly staff. Specific measures include visible guidance on the management of risk through effective hand-washing, the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland Assembly Commission: Assembly Staff: COVID-19 Working Arrangements (8 Dec 2020)

John Blair: The figures show that, from a staffing body of just under 345 full-time equivalent members of staff, the nature of their tasks is such that some 290 full-time equivalent members of staff are able to work from home for all or part of the time on their own device or on a device provided by the Commission. The number of staff working from home on a particular day will vary, depending on the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland Assembly Commission: Assembly Staff: COVID-19 Working Arrangements (8 Dec 2020)

John Blair: During the COVID-19 period, the Commission surveyed staff on their well-being and on the communications that they had received. I think that we will come to that in a later question. The findings of that survey showed that the vast majority of staff felt that they were able to work effectively from home and were trusted to do so.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Project Stratum (8 Dec 2020)

John Blair: 4. Mr Blair asked the Minister for the Economy whether there is a prioritisation plan for the roll-out of rural connectivity to be delivered by Fibrus through Project Stratum. (AQO 1290/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Project Stratum (8 Dec 2020)

John Blair: What work is the Department doing on community fibre partnerships to ensure that areas that are not yet included and those that are harder to reach can be included in this or future programmes? I have some such areas in my constituency, and I am sure that the Minster has some in hers.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: The draft Plant Health and Diseases of Animals (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (8 Dec 2020)

John Blair: Speaking first as a member of the AERA Committee, I will say that I am aware that these matters were laid before the Committee for approval and that it considered them and was content with the merits of the policies. DAERA stated that there were no changes to policy since the information was submitted to the Committee. Speaking as the chair and a member of the new Assembly all-party group on...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: The draft Marketing of Plant and Propagating Material (Legislative Functions) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (8 Dec 2020)

John Blair: I thank the junior Minister for laying out the detail of what is before us. I will speak initially as a member of the AERA Committee. As has been explained, the statutory rule was laid before the Committee. It was content with the merits of the policy and agreed that it should move to the next legislative stage. The SR contains provisions relating to the marketing of ornamental plants and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: UK Trade Deals: Japan and Canada (7 Dec 2020)

John Blair: Thank you, Mr Principal Deputy Speaker. May I associate myself and my colleagues with the good wishes expressed to Minister Poots for a full and speedy recovery? I think that the Minister has clarified that what is being talked about is, at the very best, a replication of existing EU arrangements for Canada and Japan. More specifically, from an economic or agricultural perspective, can she...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Intergovernmental Agreement on Criminal Justice Cooperation (7 Dec 2020)

John Blair: I thank the Minister for her statement. Cross-border cooperation and policing is a crucial matter at all times, but it is particularly so in the context of Brexit uncertainties. The statement and the planned work programme provided today refer to cooperation on operational engagement, forensics and data exchange. Is similar cooperation taking place at a local level with, for example,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Planning Act (NI) 2011: Review (1 Dec 2020)

John Blair: T5. Mr Blair asked the Minister for Infrastructure for an update on the timescale for the review of the Planning Act (NI) 2011, given that, when the Act came into force in 2015, DFI was required by law to conduct a review of it within three years, albeit that the review was delayed, with the absence of a functioning Assembly given as one of the reasons for that delay. (AQT 765/17-22)


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