Category: Assembly

  • Planning Bill: Final Stage (Assembly)

    Planning Bill: Final Stage (Assembly)

    Northern Ireland Assembly, Monday 23 March 2011 I declare an interest as a member of North Down Borough Council who has been involved in very many planning applications. The Bill is obviously one of the most important to have come before the Assembly. However, I am concerned about its impact over the next decades and about its late […]

  • Budget 2011-15: Programme for Expenditure (Assembly)

    Budget 2011-15: Programme for Expenditure (Assembly)

    Northern Ireland Assembly, Monday 09 March 2011, Executive Committee Business I sympathise with the Minister on having to delivering this Budget. I have no doubt that he is aware of the negative impact that it will have on the Northern Ireland economy. I am sure that he recognises that the Westminster cuts agenda is ideologically driven and economically illiterate […]

  • Local Government (Disqualification) Bill: Final Stage

    Local Government (Disqualification) Bill: Final Stage

    Northern Ireland Assembly, 09 March 2011, Private Members’ Business I declare an interest as a member of North Down Borough Council in addition to my role as an MLA. I assure the House that I will not stand for election to the Assembly in May, but I hope to return to the council. In fact, I am in […]

  • Planning Bill: Consideration Stage (Assembly)

    Planning Bill: Consideration Stage (Assembly)

    Northern Ireland Assembly, 08 March 2011 I will deal first with third-party appeals. In my election campaign, I said that, if I was elected to the Assembly, I would promote third-party appeals. Therefore, I welcome this amendment. However, I now see that, because of the petition of concern, my vote on the issue becomes irrelevant. Not […]

  • High Hedges Bill: Further Consideration Stage (Assembly)

    High Hedges Bill: Further Consideration Stage (Assembly)

    Northern Ireland Assembly, Monday 07 March 2011 I welcome the amendment. High hedges and trees have been a major issue in my constituency. As a member of North Down Borough Council, I have dealt with many such cases over the past 30 years. Indeed, I was involved in drawing up a number of my constituents’ responses to Lord Rooker’s consultation, […]

  • Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill: Final Stage (Assembly)

    Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill: Final Stage (Assembly)

    Northern Ireland Assembly, Monday 01 March 2011 I welcome the Bill, which is long overdue. It is time that we had an update to the protection of wildlife. As the Chairperson said, perhaps it does not go far enough. Neverthe­less, there is much in the legislation to welcome. It is important that the Bill will introduce […]

  • Single Use Plastic Bags Bill: Second Stage (Assembly)

    Single Use Plastic Bags Bill: Second Stage (Assembly)

    Northern Ireland Assembly, 28 February 2011 I have supported a levy on plastic bags for many years and I, therefore, welcome the Bill. I support it not on economic grounds — although something like £4·7 million for the green new deal, to which other Members referred, would be welcome — but on environmental grounds. Indeed, […]

  • Elite Sports Facilities (AQO)

    Elite Sports Facilities (AQO)

    Northern Ireland Assembly, 22 February 2011 I ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure whether he will consider compensating those bodies which incurred significant expenditure in planning the five elite sports facilities for which funding has now been withdrawn. Nelson McCausland (DUP) All Departments are going through the biggest budget cuts that have been experienced in a […]