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Assembly Speech- Opportunities for Special Needs School Leavers 7/10/2008

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Mr Speaker/Deputy Speaker

I rise to support this motion.

I am sure this motion will unite the entire chamber and support for those in need should be the motivation of all who are here

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Assembly Speech- Regional Investment Inequalities 7/10/2008

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Mr Speaker/ Deputy Speaker
I rise to support the amendment.
It is the responsibility of all the elected representatives within this chamber to do all that is possible to ensure prosperity; job/career opportunities are available in equal measure to all our constituents. The question is all about how can this be achieved.
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Assembly Speech- Comber Greenway 6/10/2008

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Mr Speaker / Deputy Speaker
I rise to support the motion.
Whilst I welcome this debate I find it difficult to understand the motivation, and indeed the acceptance of this as a private members motion with many members seeing it being more suitable as a motion for an adjournment debate.
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Assembly Speech- Dental Care 30/09/2008

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Mr Speaker / Deputy Speaker

The motion put before the House today is of the utmost importance.  Oral health in Northern Ireland is at its worst standard ever, it is currently ranked as being the poorest in the United Kingdom. This shows a worrying trend in our oral care, every other nation is improving their oral health and Northern Ireland is not showing any improvement.

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Assembly Speech - Stranmillis College and St Mary's College Merger 23/06/2008

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Mr Speaker / Deputy Speaker 

I rise today to oppose this motion being brought before the Assembly today.  As a member of the Employment and Learning Committee, this issue has come before the Committee and a great deal of concern has been expressed by the members. 

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Speech to Sydenham Community Partnership

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Ladies and Gentlemen I would like to thank you for the invitation to speak today.  As an elected representative the regeneration of East Belfast is at the top of my priorities and I hope to see East Belfast as the most desirable place to live and work in Northern Ireland.

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Assembly Speech- Training for Success 10/06/2008

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Mr Speaker / Deputy Speaker

 In rising to support this motion I welcome this report.  I would like to thank the Chair, Ms Ramsey, for her diligence in bringing this report forward, the Deputy Chair, my colleague Jimmy Spratt the member for South Belfast and Mr Rab McConaghy and his team for the excellent work they have done in compiling the report. In my available short time I would like to stress just three points.

a)       the background to Training for Success

b)       the role of the department and industry in taking the report forward

c)       building on the report

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Assembly Speech Ad Hoc Committee on Postal Services 2 June 2008

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I beg to move “That the Assembly expresses its concern and deep disappointment at the planned closure of, and service changes to, certain local Post Offices; approves the report of the Ad Hoc Committee set up to consider, and make proposals for, partnerships that could enhance the economic case for viable local postal services; and agrees that it should be submitted to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform as a report of the Northern Ireland Assembly.” 

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Assembly Speech- Education and the Economy 12/05/2008

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Mr Speaker

  

In supporting this motion I do so having spent the majority of my business career in the development of job specific training programmes, vocational qualification and academic qualifications at the level of foundation degrees.

 
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Assembly Business Bureaucracy Speech- 28/04/2008

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Mr Speaker / Deputy Speaker

  

In giving my support to this motion I am mindful that the Minister is already aware of the concerns of many in the business community on this matter and he confirmed in the Chamber in response to a question on Monday 18 June 2007,

   

“I will do everything in my power to advance the agenda of deregulation, streamlining bureaucracy, simplifying form filling, reducing information requests to businesses.”
This is a welcome statement from Minister Dodds.

 
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