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Colum Eastwood: 5. asked the Minister for Social Development for an update on the review of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. (AQO 1901/11-15)
Colum Eastwood: I thank the Minister for his answer. What is the Minister’s assessment of the recommendations of PWC to create a single social enterprise landlord to drive housing reform?
Colum Eastwood: As probably one of the only avid readers of ‘Alternative Ulster’ magazine in this House, I am sorry to see it go. Can the Minister outline specific funding sources that are available to the community-based music sector?
Colum Eastwood: I am disappointed that the Ulster Unionist Party decided to table this motion. We need to understand that the proposed definition of a victim does not meet the needs of many of the victims of our dreadful conflict. In fact, the SDLP supports the European Parliament’s attempt to harmonise across all member states the definition of victims of crime. It is absolutely clear that this definition...
Colum Eastwood: I thank the deputy First Minister for his statement, and I welcome the focus on Derry. I also welcome the commitment in his statement to maximising the potential of “The Gathering”. Can we now assume that the Executive will engage fully with the Irish Government to continue to maximise that potential in 2013?
Colum Eastwood: 6. asked the Minister for Employment and Learning how he intends to give support to the growing cultural and agrifood sector in terms of the higher education strategy. (AQO 1962/11-15)
Colum Eastwood: 9. asked the Minister for Social Development how many Northern Ireland Housing Executive properties will be affected by his decision to put the double-glazing scheme on hold. (AQO 2024/11-15)
Colum Eastwood: I thank the junior Minister for his statement. I welcome the fact that he stated that he intends to learn from the good example of the Irish Government in drawing down funding from the EU. How many officials do we have based in Brussels compared with the Irish Government?
Colum Eastwood: I thank the Minister for his statement. Given the fact that there are well over 40,000 young people not in education, employment or training, what specific targets will he introduce to try to reduce that figure?
Colum Eastwood: Given the Minister’s announcement yesterday about young people who are not in employment, education or training, how does he intend to address the issue of upskilling young people in particularly hard-to-reach and marginalised areas?
William Hay: As with similar motions, this will be treated as a business motion. Therefore, there will be no debate. Resolved: That Mr Colum Eastwood replace Mr John Dallat as a member of the Committee for the Environment. — [Mrs K McKevitt and Mr P Ramsey.]
Colum Eastwood: What is the junior Minister’s opinion on the Health Minister’s announcement today that he will not end the discrimination that is preventing homosexual men from giving blood?
Colum Eastwood: : I thank the deputy First Minister for his statement and his answers so far. I also welcome the discussions about collaborative working on tourism events. In that vein, is he comfortable with the Northern Ireland Executive not taking part in “The Gathering” next year?
Colum Eastwood: I welcome the Bill. It is clear that this legislation is long overdue, and it is essential that we move quickly in setting up the inquiry. Other Members have spoken eloquently about the deep hurt experienced by many victims of abuse across this country. I am glad that we will now, hopefully, begin to address some of that hurt. I cannot begin to imagine how difficult the experience has been...
Colum Eastwood: What role, if any, does the Minister envisage the community and voluntary sector playing in the strategy?
Colum Eastwood: I thank the First Minister for his statement. Can he give us any more detail about whether anything about alleviating youth unemployment can be learned from other jurisdictions?
Colum Eastwood: I thank the junior Minister for his statement. Has he or his Executive colleagues given any more thought to minimum pricing for alcohol?
Colum Eastwood: 10. asked the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what guarantees he can give that paediatric congenital cardiac services will be maintained at the Royal Victoria Hospital. (AQO 2407/11-15)
Colum Eastwood: The motion is a manifestation of perception rather than fact. The Smithwick tribunal is yet to report, and we still have no comprehensive mechanism for dealing with our tragic past. I understand that the very strongly and widely held perception in the unionist community is that the Irish Government have questions to answer. However, perceptions cannot be given such formal recognition in...
Colum Eastwood: There is no doubting the significance of the Ulster covenant, nor that each of the men who signed it knew its significance and future historical imprint. However, it is important that it is properly remembered within its context and time. For example, there is a risk that, because of the deliberate, orchestrated and obvious symbolism of the signing of the Ulster unionist covenant, the...