Results 121–140 of 2000 for speaker:Jonathan Bell OR speaker:Jonathan Bell

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Energy Policy (14 Mar 2016)

Jonathan Bell: Looking at recent electricity and gas tariff reductions, we see that there has been a 10·3% reduction in domestic and small business regulated electricity tariffs, prices that are 16% below the GB "Big Six" average, approximately 25% lower than the average in the Republic of Ireland and 7% lower than the EU 15 average. The SSE Airtricity standard domestic tariff is due to be reduced by...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Brexit: Impact on Local Economy (14 Mar 2016)

Jonathan Bell: There have been a number of discussions on the issue. Should the referendum vote result in the UK leaving the EU, that would trigger a period of negotiation on the terms of the future UK relationship with the EU. During that period, the Executive will need to be acutely aware of the exit pathway that is being negotiated between the UK and the EU, as different pathways could have very...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Brexit: Impact on Local Economy (14 Mar 2016)

Jonathan Bell: Members will be aware of an independent study by Oxford Economics assessing the economic implications of a EU exit across a wide range of potential scenarios, and I intend to publish that very soon.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Brexit: Impact on Local Economy (14 Mar 2016)

Jonathan Bell: I have met the Federation of Small Businesses on a number of occasions. I have met Mr Gavaghan of the CBI. Most recently, I was in Bushmills with the Chamber of Commerce and Ann McGregor. Interestingly, at that function, Ann McGregor said that, on the basis of her conversations with members, the majority of members are for Vote Leave.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Brexit: Impact on Local Economy (14 Mar 2016)

Jonathan Bell: That question was asked of our largest investor in Northern Ireland in the United States consulate in Belfast. They asked Andrew O'Brien, and he answered very clearly that he had no knowledge that people from the United States would stop investing in Northern Ireland purely on the basis of the situation with the EU. In all my trips, the three things that come across clearly are that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Brexit: Impact on Local Economy (14 Mar 2016)

Jonathan Bell: There are certainly a number of views on the subject. An accusation has been put forward that, despite the UK being a net contributor, Northern Ireland is a winner and we get a better return. People know my party's position, but I think that the argument that we get more out than we put in does not stand up to scrutiny. If we take regional funds, out of which we get dedicated Peace money...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Corporation Tax (14 Mar 2016)

Jonathan Bell: Invest Northern Ireland has already begun to promote the planned reduction in corporation tax through targeted communications and marketing activity, digital advertising, print and media partnerships, events, one-to-one meetings and the showcasing of our capability at key international events and exhibitions.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Corporation Tax (14 Mar 2016)

Jonathan Bell: The Northern Ireland Executive's commitment to reducing the rate of corporation tax to 12·5% from 2018 can be a major stimulus for our economy. Research from 'The Economist' shows that we can create in excess of 30,000 jobs and grow our economy by 10% over 15 years. Our attention is now on how we can maximise the potential that exists for that new economic lever. We are trying to get as...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Corporation Tax (14 Mar 2016)

Jonathan Bell: No. The Member's party was a party to the Programme for Government, and what we set forward in that Programme for Government was that we would look at Northern Ireland as a whole. That is the target that we set Invest Northern Ireland, and it vastly exceeded it in jobs created, research and development and the jobs growth fund. I do not think I could ever turn away business, jobs and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Corporation Tax (14 Mar 2016)

Jonathan Bell: Anybody looking at Northern Ireland today will know that one of the biggest factors that business looks towards in a survey is stability. Recently, I did a conference with Professor James McElnay at Queen's on manufacturing. He put up a graphic behind me of United Nations figures to show how safe Northern Ireland was. In particular, Belfast was ranked as the second safest city in the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Corporation Tax (14 Mar 2016)

Jonathan Bell: There are many challenges to us, and the Member has raised one of them. Up until 2014, we used to boast that we attracted more foreign direct investment than any other part of the United Kingdom with the exception of London. Everyone said, "Jonathan, you can never exceed London. You have reached your high-water mark"; yet, somewhere around August 2014, Northern Ireland overtook the rest of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Manufacturing: DETI Assistance (14 Mar 2016)

Jonathan Bell: The Department is carrying out a range of initiatives to work and promote and to assist local manufacturing. Companies that are involved in manufacturing now employ over 80,000 people, and the sector remains hugely important to the Northern Ireland economy.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 (29 Feb 2016)

Jonathan Bell: My remarks may be repetitive, but I again want to thank the Chairman of the Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committee and its members for their support today. The proposed amendments will improve the efficiency and sustainability of the NIRO and ensure that the legislation remains fit for purpose. I commend the motion to the House. Question put and agreed to. Resolved: That the draft...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Enterprise Bill: Legislative Consent Motion (29 Feb 2016)

Jonathan Bell: I thank all who contributed to the debate. I put on record my thanks to my ministerial colleagues and the Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committee for the way in which they considered this important matter in a timely way, allowing the motion to be debated today. I very much appreciate the positive manner in which the issue has been dealt with and the agreement that there is from all...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Debt Relief Act (Northern Ireland) 2010 (Consequential Amendments) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 (29 Feb 2016)

Jonathan Bell: I beg to move That the draft Debt Relief Act (Northern Ireland) 2010 (Consequential Amendments) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 be approved. I seek the Assembly's approval of the statutory rule. It is being made under powers contained in the Debt Relief Act (Northern Ireland) 2010, which prescribes that the order must be laid in draft form for approval by affirmative resolution of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Debt Relief Act (Northern Ireland) 2010 (Consequential Amendments) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 (29 Feb 2016)

Jonathan Bell: I thank the Committee Chair for his very positive remarks and contribution to today's debate. The law as it stands bars individuals from holding certain offices if subject to a bankruptcy order or a bankruptcy restrictions order. As debt relief orders and debt relief restrictions orders are analogous to those orders, it is reasonable to expect that they should also be considered as grounds...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 (29 Feb 2016)

Jonathan Bell: I beg to move That the draft Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 be approved. This statutory rule is being made under powers in the Energy (Northern Ireland) Order 2003, which prescribes that this order must be laid in draft for approval by affirmative resolution of the Assembly. The changes that I bring forward in the draft order relate to the Renewables...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Credit Unions and Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Bill: Final Stage (29 Feb 2016)

Jonathan Bell: I express my gratitude to the Chairman and members of the Committee and to Mr Dunne and Mr McKinney for their work and those very positive remarks. Iit is an example of the success of devolution that all of us from right across the House have worked together on this. I also thank my officials for the work that they put in. I think sometimes that the brevity of this debate does not reflect...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Enterprise Bill: Legislative Consent Motion (29 Feb 2016)

Jonathan Bell: Thank you, Principal Deputy Speaker. We are here today to consider the issue of extending the role of the Small Business Commissioner, contained in the Enterprise Bill, to Northern Ireland. The Bill will allow the Small Business Commissioner to provide general advice and information relating to dispute resolution and options for resolving disputes; a signpost service to mediation and...


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