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Edwin Poots: Does the Minister recognise that leaving school at the age of 18 causes consternation for many young people with special needs and their parents? Will the Minister ensure that those children have adequate opportunity to enter employment or further education or to attend resource centres? That is not currently the case.
Edwin Poots: The Minister said that the new hospital will not be built until 2017-18. Does the Member agree that, in the absence of that hospital’s development on the site at the Royal Victoria Hospital, it would be lunacy to close other maternity hospitals, such as the one at Lagan Valley?
Edwin Poots: 3. asked the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail options for the future development of the Maze site. (AQO 1181/09)
Edwin Poots: Will the Member give way?
Edwin Poots: Some Members sought to lower the tone today. Mr Gallagher sought to enlighten us and Mr McKay had a pop at the Minister of the Environment. I know that he has demonstrated his commitment to green affairs by trying to ensure that bonfires in Ballymena were not lit — without much success, I might add.
Edwin Poots: They are overcharging the public, especially in the run-up to Christmas, and they are ripping people off.
Edwin Poots: 4. asked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what consideration is being given to cover the Lagan Valley area with a DARD Direct office. (AQO 1754/09)
Edwin Poots: The Minister said that she wanted an effective voice in Europe. Is she suggesting that none of the current MEPs is an effective voice in Europe?
Edwin Poots: Every day, we hear about job losses and the dire circumstances that the economy is in. Given that that company wants to invest tens of millions of pounds in Northern Ireland and create around 1,500 jobs, will the Minister assure the House that the planning decision will be expedited?
Edwin Poots: I note that three languages have been spoken today, and that the Speaker received a translation of only one. The third language, gibberish, was not translated. [Interruption.]
Edwin Poots: Does the Minister recognise that her Department has surrendered tens of millions of pounds in the monitoring rounds? Her Department is seeking additional funding even though it cannot spend the funding for which it budgeted; does that not put a question mark over that Department’s competence?
Edwin Poots: What is the point in having a truth commission if some people will not tell the truth but expect the security forces to do so?
Edwin Poots: Was the closure of ‘Lá Nua’, the Irish-language newspaper, discussed at that meeting? Was there any mention of the disappointment of Irish-language enthusiasts at the support given to the newspaper by Foras na Gaelige, or was it the view that an Irish-language newspaper is simply unsustainable because of insufficient public demand?
Edwin Poots: In the interests of North/South co-operation, does the Member support the painting red of postboxes in Donegal?
Edwin Poots: Given that the Minister has failed in her efforts to introduce a bog-standard comprehensive system, will she, at least, allow the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assesment to set the examination paper, or does she want to go down the route of privatising education services?
Edwin Poots: I hear the hatchet man talking again. He does not seem to like the fact that mention was made of his proposals to cut the development of the Ulster Hospital.
Edwin Poots: I am thankful for the opportunity to bring this serious matter before the House today.
Edwin Poots: Will the Member give way?
Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I wish to clarify whether you have received any notification from the Ulster Unionist Party that, since its demise, it is to be redesignated as UCUNF — Ulster Conservatives and Unionists - New Force — in the Chamber.
Edwin Poots: 7. asked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what official clearance the European Union gave her Department to proceed with the farm modernisation scheme on a first-come, first-served basis. (AQO 2252/09)