Results 7621–7635 of 7635 for speaker:Sammy Wilson

Northern Ireland Assembly: Report of First Minister (Designate) and Deputy: Determination of Ministerial Offices (15 Feb 1999)

Sammy Wilson: We have had a useful debate in which many of the issues that surround the report have been well aired. Perhaps it has not been as colourful as the debate on 18 January. Mr Mallon has not been flying his aeroplane, and Mr Close has not been pushing his wheelbarrow, but we have dealt with some of the issues. Two aspects of the report have been skirted. The Ulster Unionists have been guilty of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Presiding Officer:  No-Confidence Motion ( 1 Feb 1999)

Sammy Wilson: I cannot remember your long list of names, so I will call you Madam Speaker or Deputy Speaker. I shall not go over the points which have been made. If I did, there would be interventions and points of order. I want to make a couple of observations. I am not going to make any comment on the contribution that was made. That strikes me as odd, and, surely, the Initial Presiding Officer must...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Presiding Officer:  No-Confidence Motion ( 1 Feb 1999)

Sammy Wilson: No. My time is running out. Many people realise that repetition is an important way of getting your message across. As regards some of the other arguments used, I found the remarks made by one of the Sinn Féin Members very enlightening. He said that the decision made by the Initial Presiding Officer in that debate was quite correct, because nobody is bound by any agreements. Those who...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Presiding Officer:  No-Confidence Motion ( 1 Feb 1999)

Sammy Wilson: I have only a minute or two left. He then went on to a most bizarre argument. He said that he would be supporting the Initial Presiding Officer because on the day in question, the Initial Presiding Officer had presided over eight speeches which were totally irrelevant and consisted of tomfoolery and buffoonery. I would not support any Presiding Officer who allowed buffoonery, tomfoolery and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Report of First Minister (Designate) and Deputy (18 Jan 1999)

Sammy Wilson: With respect, Mr Initial Presiding Officer, first of all, I do not think you can anticipate what I was going to say. You may have anticipated, because you had prior knowledge, what was going to happen at the end of the proceedings today, but you certainly cannot anticipate the point of order which I was going to make, whether it was a new point of order or a follow-on from some of the other...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Belfast Agreement (15 Dec 1998)

Sammy Wilson: I would not go upstairs with you at any time.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Belfast Agreement (15 Dec 1998)

Sammy Wilson: The subject of today’s debate is clear. Do we hand to Sinn Féin the Christmas box of a place in the Government of Northern Ireland while it retains its guns or do we, as democrats, deny it that place until it proves that it has the same democratic credentials as the rest of the parties in this Chamber? The debate has to focus on Sinn Féin. No matter whether one looks at its members’...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Comprehensive Spending Review ( 9 Nov 1998)

Sammy Wilson: I welcome the suggestion in the statement that more will be spent on improving Northern Ireland’s water and sewerage infrastructure. Last week some homes in my constituency were flooded for the fifth time in a year and sewage was running through the houses because of the inadequacy of the sewerage system. The question of urban regeneration has been highlighted on a number of occasions. As...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Procedural Consequences of Devolution ( 9 Nov 1998)

Sammy Wilson: I would like to thank the Chairman and Clerk of the Committee for the way in which they conducted the business of the committee and for steering us towards what I believe — despite what Mr McCartney, who is now absent, may have said — is a magnificent report. Magnificence can be measured in a number of ways but according to the dictionary it can be judged by the greatness of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Procedural Consequences of Devolution ( 9 Nov 1998)

Sammy Wilson: What would he have charged?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Procedural Consequences of Devolution ( 5 Oct 1998)

Sammy Wilson: One thing that we have learnt from this debate is that politicians are quite touchy, but the legal profession is equally so, and politicians who are also members of the legal profession are extremely touchy. Much of this debate has been taken up unnecessarily by people who are concerned about damaged egos. The one thing which all the Committee members can genuinely say is that we have done...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Standing Orders (14 Sep 1998)

Sammy Wilson: The fears which were raised both by Mr Dodds and Mr Close on the matter of changing designation have been borne out by the comments by Ms McWilliams. Under the guise of protecting the agreement, she has suggested that the Women’s Coalition’s intention is its designation as "other" so that sometimes it can be Unionist and sometimes it can be Nationalist, not on the basis of any...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Ad Hoc Committee on Procedural Consequences of Devolution (14 Sep 1998)

Sammy Wilson: Mr Presiding Officer, would you accept "Dead on" or "Catch yourself on"? Where are you going to stop this nonsense? If this is to be extended as widely as you suggest, I would be entitled to use my preferred response in recognition of how people in east Belfast say yes or no. If this House is to understand whether Members are for or against a motion — and I noticed the odd syllable of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: First Minister (Designate) and Deputy ( 1 Jul 1998)

Sammy Wilson: A number of important issues have been raised today — issues from which we must not run away. My party leader issued an important challenge to the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, who is seeking the position of First Minister. It is a challenge to which he must respond. Mr Trimble has a severe credibility problem in the Unionist community. It predates his sitting down with Sinn Fein in...


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