22/10/2012 Stormont Today


22/10/2012

A political programme focusing on the day's events at the Assembly and Northern Ireland Executive. Mark Carruthers is the guide through the corridors of power at Stormont.


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Hello and welcome to Stormont Today. Coming up: it is the biggest shake-

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up to benefits for decades, and today, welfare reform was back on

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the agenda as the Social Development Minister announced a

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unique changes to how benefits would be paid here.

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These payment flexibilities will allow for different payment

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arrangements where it is necessary. Not least were vulnerable customers

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will find budgeting difficult. Passions became in flames during a

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tense debate on the rising unemployment figures. It was one of

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almost dealing with some children you can hardly be bothered to

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reprimand, but nevertheless, I will go through the motions. Gareth

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Gordon shares his insights into what else has been happening in the

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corridors of power. The social development of Minister

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was in chipper form at the House today, keen to share with his

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fellow MLAs that Westminster's reform minister Lord Freud has

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given him a number of commitments on have benefits can be paid in

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Northern Ireland in the future. Lord Freud, after our meeting on

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Tuesday past, has given me a number of commitments and those are in

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writing. Mr Speaker, the housing cost element of Universal Credit,

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which will therefore be paid automatically to the landlord,

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rather than the claimant. There will be an arrangement for those

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who choose to receive the for the Universal Credit payment and in

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turn pay their landlord. In addition, the IT system function us

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it will be developed to enable the computer system, where necessary,

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to split their if payment between two parties in the household and

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where necessary, pay two smaller payment per month, rather than the

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single monthly payment. While in a majority of cases, there will be

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one single monthly payment to each Universal Credit household, these

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claimant -- payment flexibilities will allow for different payments

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where necessary, not least were vulnerable customers will find

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budgeting difficult. And with this in mind, I have task might

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officials to develop and then consult the public sector the Rock

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presenters and voluntary sector representatives on guidelines --

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public sector representatives, on the way the Universal Credit should

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respect or made on it twice monthly basis. -- should be split. This way,

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we can protect the vulnerable whilst maintaining their household

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monthly payment for those who do not need these bespoke measures.

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Some in this house and wanted to kill this Bill under various cloaks

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of convenience -- in this house wanted to kill the spill, and to

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foolishly ignore the consequences. Consequences which included

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depriving the many thousands of of people of the Social Fund which

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they rely on when at their most formidable. Consequences which

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would have deprived critical government services of �200 million

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to meet the shortfall in the Budget. And also put at real risk over

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1,000 existing jobs across Northern Ireland. I would say that they

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actually reject much of the political content of the minister's

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statement and I would go on to argue that perhaps with the recent

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very long protracted debate, it is interesting that these facts have

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not been pursued by the British government until after that lengthy

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debate which showed universal opposition to many aspects of the

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Bill itself. Certainly, our party will be very much to the 4th of

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welcoming any progress that the minister will be able to announce

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an particularly I am pleased that the British government have

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acknowledged that track payments are a good thing. I welcome the

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fact the first time that this Minister and his government has

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again acknowledged that they now can concede to some of these

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flexibilities, even within the context of Parliament, that the IT

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system can be modified to facilitate this flexibilities.

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Members were then asked to vote on a Sinn Fein motion calling for the

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Newman Ireland Human Rights Commission to assess whether the

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welfare reform bill is compatible with human rights -- Northern

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Ireland. A proposal was rejected. Politicians are still discussing

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Commons by the Attorney-General on abortion. Last week, he offered to

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assist the December's justice committee should it choose to

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assess the at Marie Stopes off clinic that opened in Belfast.

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Speaking before he became Attorney- General, Mr Larkin had made

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controversial comments in a radio interview. Gareth Gordon it with me.

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For clarity's saved, what precisely it did John Larkin say four years

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ago -- clarity's sake? It emerged that he had made the offer to the

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justice committee last week to become involved in the Marie Stopes

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issue. Then some people remembered a debate John Larkin had taken part

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in on radio or stay in 2008, before he became Attorney-General, and

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during the course of that he said, "If one is prepared to contemplate

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the destruction of a highly disabled, unborn child in the womb,

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of which will also be able to contemplate putting a bullet in the

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back of the head of the child two days after it is born?". There is

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political reaction both for and against John Larkin, it caused a

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great deal of shock and the fall- out is continuing. Those comments

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have certainly been controversial. Gerry Adams was in parliament

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buildings here and he gave his reaction to what Mr Larkin had said.

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Perfectly entitled to make those remarks and, as it is everybody

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else under our conflicting and very diverse views on this very

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important and emotive issue. I think that in all of this, that the

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health committee, the Health Department, the Health Minister and

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the regulations set in place of what is going to govern our way out.

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That is what Gerry Adams is saying on the Jon Parkin controversy.

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Gareth, how does it tally with what his Sinn Fein colleagues have been

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saying? In other interviews today, Gerry Adams is making it clear that

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what John Larkin said was absolutely wrong, and his party

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colleague who reacted in the immediate aftermath of the 2008

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remarks being re ventilated, she didn't say that he is perfectly

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entitled. In fact, there are described as wholly inappropriate

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and this afternoon, a statement from the vice-chair of the justice

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committee said it basically cast doubt over Jon Parkin's ability to

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make sure his personal opinions that interfere or had any assertion

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he makes in regard to legal issues and the ongoing debate, a reference

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back to what John Larkin has offered to justice committee. The

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Sinn Fein spokesman says there is no difference in the Commons from

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Mr Adams and any other party member and in fact, they believe that John

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Larkin, what he said, was unacceptable. Had there, it's also

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a Scot -- caused difficulties for the SDLP? The party leader was on

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the programme with Mark Devenport on Friday evening and when he heard

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what John Larkin had said on -- in 2008, he kind of defended him and

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said he had made those remarks in a personal capacity and before he was

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Attorney-General, but today, he has very hardened his stance -- very

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much. He said the Commons were deeply upsetting and the Attorney-

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General must be allowed to prove that he can act impartially on the

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issue, so some political pressure coming on John Larkin. One other

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issue to touch on, the minor parties and independents appear,

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campaigning for better speaking rights in the Chamber. You don't

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often see David McMurray, David McLarty, etc, singing from the same

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hymn sheet, but they don't often find themselves on the same side of

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the argument, but today, they do. They are united on one thing, that

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they don't get a fair crack of the whip. They said they are not

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allowed to speak of the nerve during debates. Three of them

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actually held a news conference to kill -- call for it more rights for

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the smaller parties and as if to illustrate the point, one told bit

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about that none of them were called on that debates during unemployment

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rates. -- one told me today. Do we know if that will happen, if there

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will be clarity as to whether they get better rights? They would

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certainly like them immediately but I'm not sure if they will get them

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at all or how the issue is going to be dealt with. But they have made

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their point. They certainly have. We will leave it there for now,

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thank you very much. An SDLP motion expressing concern

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at of rising unemployment rate was debated on the floor of December

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this afternoon. The motion was the subject of an Ulster Unionist

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amendment which accused BSL I of acceptance. The people who

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represent this Assembly need jobs and they need them now. They cannot

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wait for long-term diplomacy to get its way slowly through their

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decision-making process in China. One visit has already suited the

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Chinese, this party. To attract investment from countries with

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established and emerging markets is welcome, but it beats better

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support for our own local companies. Once tragedy that has real

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potential for job creation and has been ignored, if not neglected by

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the champagne the DUP programme for government -- the Sinn Fein, is the

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green New Deal. It will leave fewer people in fuel poverty, cut carbon

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emissions and lay the foundations of a new, competitive locale of

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economy. That is the future. We don't have the fiscal levers

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necessary to set out our own economic policies just quite yet.

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But we do have the key powers to bring forward such creative,

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innovated new programmes. After the revelation that 760 jobs were being

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left that F G Wilson, the chief Executive said that if he were in

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charge of the company, he would have made the same decision. He

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also said he was not surprised by the move. That is not the way to

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seek to build converse in our economy. That is no way to support

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the workers of FG Wilson and it is totally improper it from someone in

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his position. I believe this House should expressed dismay over this

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particular, its and the resigned acceptance of the job losses, which

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was apparent in his remarks. SDLP motion and the DUP amendment

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calling for action around youth unemployed are but flawed and out

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of date, but have been proposed by the SDLP and the D B, so I am not

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sure what we expected -- UUP. What was described as a resigned

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acceptance to the trend of jobs moving overseas is also ill judged.

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We cannot ignore that for the fact is for Northern Ireland to move

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forward, more so they might be able to not compete with certain areas

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in terms of labour costs, we can adapt and grow a more knowledge-

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based economy in Northern Ireland. Coming to the green New Deal, this

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has been an opportunity missed by the Assembly. Alongside many of the

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parties, we said this in our 2011 manifesto, and we are disappointed

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it has not been developed in the way put forward by the proposals

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suggested, and therefore there was a need for the Executive to review

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these proposals and the potential that they have for creating

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employment, developing critical skills and improving energy

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efficiency within Northern Ireland. Whilst I do believe that there is

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consensus in this Assembly that we must do much more for the economy,

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I would have liked to have heard, and I think it would have been

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useful if we heard, much more from speakers in terms of the demand for

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Approach. Resources are spread too thin in the global market place.

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Listen to people saying we need an economic strategy, a job creation

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strategy it. It is already there in the programme but Government and

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the economic strategy will stop it people have ideas they want to add

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on, we will look at them because the Sub-Committee that looks at the

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economy meet regularly. They had said from the beginning they are

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happy to look at it Coulstock the men and that talks about the main

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motion talks about implementing the jobs plan from the business

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alliance. The business alliance were in close its co-operation with

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the Executive informing the economic strategy. I don't know

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where that piece comes from in the amendment and the motion. I'd do

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welcome the recognition motion and the central role in this has been

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growing the economy will stop I'd be reviewed the allegation that a

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we display, and I used the word we, because I do work very much as part

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of the team a week Alastair Hamilton, that we display put

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resigned acceptance to the trend of jobs moving overseas. What nonsense

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Mr Deputy Speaker. The minister does seem to beat her cheek.

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Disappointed that this, disappointed at that. The tone of

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her voice was almost one of dealing with some children he could not be

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bothered to reprimand but will go through the motions. Basil McCrea

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with a pointed message for the Enterprise Minister, Arlene Foster.

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And the amended motion was passed with 89 members voting - 48 voted

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yes and 41 voted no. The pressing subject of helping

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those without work was also the focus of questions to the

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Employment and Learning Minister, Stephen Farry. He detailed help

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being given to so-called NEETS - those not in employment, education

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or training. But first he addressed what's being done for those

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affected by the recent job losses at FG Wilson. A officials working

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with the company's appointed, represented locally to organise a

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job, training and recruitment there, a beach of the three sites. These

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boats commence this week. On Friday evening, though what 14 companies

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listed to participate in the jobs there has with a further 28 Post

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identified in the food processing sector,. I am delighted at this

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response. Could I ask with the eye- level of skilled agency workers

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employed at the various sites, can the Minister ensure the house of a

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quality? I am happy to give the assurance about those affected by

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the redundancies. We have a self interest in doing this be on our

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overriding requirements as well, in that these workers are skilled,

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they had a lot to offer for the future of the economy. It is

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important we capture these workers in a predicted weight rather than

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have them falling into unemployment. Can the minister outlined in the

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House how the families are actually targeted and round the whole NEETs.

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Because I do have a concern we will fall into this trap of only

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Tracking areas of high deprivation? The programme we are talking about

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in terms of this question is a pilot. And co-pilots week to choose

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areas to stop. We are looking to deliver that through the current

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leaders scheme, which is a very keenly based intervention in terms

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of dealing with people who on employed. The Careers Service will

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have an important role. We would like to have one to one mentoring

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with people who fall into the NEETs category will stop it is important

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we were in close co-operation with the Department of Education to

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identify young people at risk from an early stage. We can track them

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through the education system. is one of the issues I have raised

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in Committee about how it is dealt with. One of the concerns I have

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had his the 36,000 plus young people left school without any

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GCSEs. As there been anything specifically tailored to meet that

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you people's needs? As a ball, given his local interest we're

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starting the roll-out of the scheme in west Belfast, so no doubt he

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will take some comfort from that. We are conditions there are a lot

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of you people lead school without sufficient qualifications or indeed

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no qualifications. The opportunities in the labour market

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for people in that situation Ossa to decline dramatically over the

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next 10 years. Less than 10% of job opportunities will be considering

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people of that label of education. There is a challenge in turning

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that situation around. We do have the training or success programme

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which offers a guaranteed training place to any 16 to 18 year-olds,

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and that is outside the confines of formal apprenticeships. We would

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want people to consider how they can progress through the system and

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we also of the essential skills training which offers people a

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little two qualification in literacy and numeracy.

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The Employment and Learning Minister, Stephen Farry. Now,

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Arlene Foster, was at the Despatch Box again this afternoon when the

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subject of tourism became a focus during today's questions to the

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Enterprise Minister. Might give the minister and the

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Northern Ireland Tourist Board for the marketing campaign, in

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particular the flexibility shown with the gods to modified use of

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the branding and the strap line or that campaign. Can I ask the

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Minister how damaging of the scenes of street violence we saw during

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the summer in Northern Ireland to the tourism product? What are the

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key actions that need to be taken to secure tourism growth on the

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long-term bases in Northern Ireland? I thank him for his

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positive comments. The whole idea behind the branding was that it

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would be something that would be taken up, not just by the tourist

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board but the industry in general. I am pleased to say they very much

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there forward and owns the brand, and when I was recently in than

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gammon speaking to some retailers, they were indicating they felt it

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helped in the town centre as well. I think it is very positive. As

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well as the tourism nature of Northern Ireland 2012, we saw it as

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a way of building civic pride in Northern Ireland. It is

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disappointing when street violence is related right across the world

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and in Northern Ireland, it tends to be related across the world. Is

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there in violence that market there is violence and Birmingham on

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Manchester, it does not even get that on page of the local papers.

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But because it is Northern Ireland Ostend to go across the rest of the

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world. It is damaging to the tourism product, but we will keep

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moving on. We had begins next year which everybody is looking forward

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to being as UK City of Culture in Londonderry. Can ask the minister

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it she agrees the current rates airport duty is discouraging people

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from coming here. As the Member knows we had a very successful

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campaign team at the devolution of air passenger duty in respect of

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international flights devolved and that legislation is going through

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the House not. I'd think we did very well to achieve that, because

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then it gives me the opportunity to look for, along with the

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international airport and the city Airport, and indeed London Derry

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Airport, to look for new flights to come in. I do except in relation to

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domestic lights that air passenger duty remains a huge issue. I would

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support a call to the Westminster Government that they really need to

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look at our passenger duty in respect of the whole of the UK. We

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hope they will take that on board from the industry and indeed from

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politicians. As the minister had any discussions with her

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counterpart in the south with a view to developing a tourism

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product on a cross-border glazers, given strict ban is one of the

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gateways to Donegal? I thank her for her question. I do recognise

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the ban is one of the gateways to Donegal. I visited a tourism

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project in straw ban, I was nearly run down by one of the cars going

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to Donegal. She knows the tourism project I am recovering to us. I

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know members are disappointed by the fact I still stand... But

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anyway, the reality is I have had discussions just last week with the

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tourism minister for the Republic of Ireland. We have not spoken

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about tourism product on a cross- border basis, we were talking about

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the number of tourists we need to attract from our biggest market

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which of course, is Great Britain. Arlene Foster. The man tasked with

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leading a review of the Department of Education's Common Funding

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Scheme appeared before the Education Committee last week. Sir

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Robert Salisbury, told Committee members that his review team had

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heard a range of often divergent opinions from different

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stakeholders, as we can hear now in our weekly look at Committee

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business. Lasts six weeks we have been

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meeting with anybody who can stand upright and talk about schools and

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funding. We at met with something like over 50 organisations ranging

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from schools, anybody who has anything at all to say about the

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way education runs. We had been like giant sponges. In our face-to-

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face discussions, we have been asking people what are the

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strengths of occurrence has done? How is it working, is it matching

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the policies the department as? Of their weaknesses? What are the

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things you go back to your own homes and complain about? Where is

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this is them stretched and not working well? As you can imagine,

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most people had said they want more money in their particular sector.

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But are less forthcoming when we say, where should the money come

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from? The expectations of what schools ought to be doing, going up

:24:51.:24:58.

all the time. The actual costs of running schools, when it before

:24:58.:25:02.

stabbing, equipment or capital buildings, going up all the time.

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Taxpayers' willingness to pay very much more education is staying

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roughly the same, particularly with ageing populations. And the

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availability of Government spending going down. So the gap between what

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schools are likely to get and what they think the need is widening.

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it not important principles retains its and controls over their

:25:27.:25:33.

budgets? Goods and for management could not be bureaucratic in the

:25:33.:25:39.

end and more expensive? Yes, it is a view that has come very strongly

:25:39.:25:45.

to us from the principles. You might be surprised to know that the

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counter view has come from other organisations we have met. It has

:25:49.:25:55.

felt a bit like being in Wimbledon's sometimes. Some are

:25:55.:25:58.

deserves a volley and it comes back and we have been watching its

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sights. One of a you thought when you read some of these reports,

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many of the principles in the North at spent a lot of time in managing

:26:08.:26:13.

a budget will stop at the Budget, when you pace that, you have 10 to

:26:13.:26:18.

15% let. What is your comments particularly in the south where

:26:18.:26:25.

teachers are paid centrally? Would that take the pressure of the

:26:25.:26:31.

principles? In the south, the principle would argue they had less

:26:31.:26:35.

control over their staffing levels, but on the over and they have less

:26:35.:26:40.

of a Budget hat-trick. There is a push for autonomy in some of the

:26:40.:26:48.

larger schools. -- budget headache. Autonomy does not mean you have

:26:48.:26:53.

more money, you just get more control over some of it.

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A look at last week's Education Committee meeting. Gareth Gordon is

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with me again. Gareth, before we go a word about an exhibition of

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photographs which opens in Parliament Buildings tomorrow.

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marks the 80th anniversary of the opening of Parliament buildings. As

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you say, photographs and architect roarings from back in the day.

:27:15.:27:22.

Interesting for anybody interesting in politics. I was interested in

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the artist's impression about Stormont as it the original

:27:29.:27:34.

building should have been built. It is a big unit building as it is but

:27:34.:27:41.

there should have been two wings as well. The reason it was not like

:27:41.:27:47.

that is because of austerity. the decision was taken not to have

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those extra wings. The amount of concrete, the number of men the

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worked on it, the huge quantities of Portland stone, they add up?

:27:57.:28:01.

Barrow men's list said that 700 trees died to make Stormont a

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possibility that stock there are photographs of the basements which

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is 8 ft 6 deep. That is the basement we are in at the moment

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and that is what some of the politicians like to keep us. It is

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interesting to see the basement before the rest of the building

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went up on top of it? Whatever anyone think of it, it is a

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building which has made its mark on Ministry of Northern Ireland.

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Anyone interested in that history should come along. There was a

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group being shown around this evening its Raja Pervez Ashraf.

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A political programme focusing on the day's events at the Assembly and Northern Ireland Executive. Mark Carruthers is the guide through the corridors of power at Stormont, and is joined by key people from decision makers to opinion formers to make the experience enlightening and entertaining.


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