Results 3201–3220 of 3237 for in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates' speaker:Patsy McGlone

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: 2011 Census (25 Jun 2007)

Patsy McGlone: Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. What provision will be made in the census for Irish-language speakers?

Northern Ireland Assembly: executive committee business: Consideration Stage (18 Jun 2007)

Patsy McGlone: Much emphasis has been rightly placed on the role of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, and particularly its debt-counselling function. Has the Minister consulted the Housing Executive on its position on amendment No 3?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Consideration Stage (18 Jun 2007)

Patsy McGlone: Will the Member not also accept that, in many instances, people attend their GPs to receive counselling for mental illnesses?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Consideration Stage (18 Jun 2007)

Patsy McGlone: Will the Member define the word “neurological”?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare Reform Bill Second Stage (12 Jun 2007)

Patsy McGlone: Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. I have two brief points. I ask the Minister to clarify her position on the increasing tendency for the Department, in establishing the personal capability assessment (PCA) and eligibility for disability living allowance, to require proof of professional psychiatric intervention in order to establish that a person suffers mental ill health. That appears...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Supply Resolution for the 2007-08 Main Estimates (11 Jun 2007)

Patsy McGlone: Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. I have only two points, so I will be brief. The first relates to housing. I know that the Executive have inherited this situation, but there are a very high number of homeless people, and waiting lists are growing. That has financial knock-on effects in both education and health. However, the Budget contains the lowest provision for new-build social...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Junior Ministers (11 Jun 2007)

Patsy McGlone: Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. To ask the question in a different way: Ian Paisley Jnr, when referring to the appointment of junior Ministers, stated on 14 December 1999: “It is wrong and obnoxious to have this increase in largesse for the sole purpose of feathering the nests of the First Minister’s and Deputy First Minister’s parties.” — [Official Report, Bound Volume 4,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Junior Ministers (11 Jun 2007)

Patsy McGlone: 9.   asked the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister to make a statement on the role of junior Ministers in the Executive.           (AQO 34/07)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Review of Charging for Water and Sewerage (11 Jun 2007)

Patsy McGlone: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. I welcome the Minister’s commitment that privatisation of the water and sewerage services is not an option. Does he agree that where such services, including the de-sludging of private septic tanks, have been privatised in other areas it has not really been a good experience? People who have requested that tanks be de-sludged have experienced...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Review of Charging for Water and Sewerage (11 Jun 2007)

Patsy McGlone: There are pressing concerns about employees’ terms and conditions that need to be addressed.

Northern Ireland Assembly: private members’ business: Rural Health Taskforce ( 5 Jun 2007)

Patsy McGlone: We are dealing with the topical issue of healthcare and health services for rural areas. As someone who lives in a rural area, the Minister may be aware of detrimental changes to the care practice for nurses in some smaller GP practices. Those changes undermine confidence in the level of medical care available there. Secondly, I was unfortunate to have to attend the accident and emergency...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Fuel Poverty (29 May 2007)

Patsy McGlone: The Minister referred to the extensive levels of fuel poverty, and 76% of households that experience fuel poverty — among them young families and pensioners — have an annual income of £10,000 or less in many cases. The positive benefits of energy-efficient measures that the Minister referred to are being substantially undermined by the fuel prices that are escalating disproportionately...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Processing of Planning Applications (21 May 2007)

Patsy McGlone: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. I pay tribute to my colleague Mr Gallagher for his comprehensive overview of planning policy and the delays in the Planning Appeals Commission. I note Mr Weir’s valid point about replacement dwellings. I have encountered a ludicrous case where the Housing Executive has deemed a property unfit for habitation, but the irrationality of planning...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Processing of Planning Applications (21 May 2007)

Patsy McGlone: I am sorry; I cannot. My time is nearly up. The real irony is that the senior planning officer involved with the case was going to recommend that the application be approved. However, because the application concerned the needs of a young child, it got bogged down in the bureaucratic interpretation of a group meeting, where common sense was lost. Thereafter, a refusal was issued. The cost of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Appointment Of Chairpersons And Deputy Chairpersons Of Statutory Committees ( 9 May 2007)

Patsy McGlone: A Cheann Comhairle, tá mé an-sásta glacadh leis an cheapachán mar Chathaoirleach ar an Choiste Comhshaoil. I am happy to accept the nomination from my colleague for Chairperson of the Committee for the Environment. Mr Patsy McGlone appointed Chairperson of the Committee for the Environment. [Interruption.]

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Liquor Licences (29 Jan 2007)

Patsy McGlone: Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. Gabhaim buíochas leat as seans a thabhairt domh labhairt ar an ábhar tábhachtach seo. I am grateful to be afforded the opportunity to speak on this important topic. It incorporates a wide range of economic, social and public-safety concerns, some of which Members have touched on. In May 2004, the liquor licensing review team at DSD took forward its...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Liquor Licences (29 Jan 2007)

Patsy McGlone: I thank the Member for his inter­vention. It is clear that the cost of defending court cases will be a major problem for ratepayers in many areas. That will cause problems to those who pay rates and to those of us who may be elected to the new councils. I was making the point that the matter would be better left to those of us who are most aware of the alcohol-related difficulties on our...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Affordable Housing (15 Jan 2007)

Patsy McGlone: I agree with Mr Burns that the debate has been an important one. Will he accept that the situation requires a response that is not only strategic, but comprehensive in all its aspects? I note that the amendment ties us into one particular strategic approach to the unmet need, which is the renewal of vacant properties. Many of us who represent rural areas could argue that there are other...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Affordable Housing (15 Jan 2007)

Patsy McGlone: It is pretty widely accepted that the definition of “affordable housing” not only embraces privately owned or privately rented property but social housing. That is accepted widely, including by Sir John Semple.


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