Dickson Welcomes News on Clean Air Strategy for Northern Ireland

East Antrim Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has welcomed confirmation from the Environment Minister a public consultation on a Clean Air Strategy would be launched shortly. East Antrim MLA Mr Dickson was speaking after receiving a reply from Edwin Poots on his plans for such a strategy for Northern Ireland. The Minister stated his Department has been working on developing a draft Clean Air Strategy discussion document, alongside the Department for Infrastructure. The document will be put out for public consultation shortly, inviting ‘views on a range of matters relating to air quality’. “This is an important move for reducing air pollution across Northern Ireland,” said Mr Dickson. “Alongside m

Local Road Scheme Welcome – Dickson

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has said that a £275,000 resurfacing scheme of the Carrickfergus Road, Larne, will bring a welcome improvement to safety and road quality for local residents. Mr Dickson commented: “The Carrickfergus Road, which runs from the Ballysnod Road junction to the Carnduff Road, is a rural but an important route for local people. “In recent years, it has been in a poor state, and I welcome news from the Department for Infrastructure of this considerable resurfacing scheme. The Department informs me that works have been planned to minimise disruption to road users, but it is advised to allow for extra time for journeys.” For traffic information, visit: www.t

Dickson Welcomes Answer from Justice Minister on Paramilitary Activity

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has welcomed the Justice Minister’s response to an Assembly Question, where she outlines the action being taken to tackle paramilitarism in Northern Ireland. Mr Dickson commented: “I welcome the Minister’s confirmation that she is reviewing the public consultation on organised crime offences and sentencing for paramilitarism. “Furthermore, I believe the Minister’s approach of building community confidence, embedding a culture of lawfulness, and engaging with communities is vital. I hope that going forward we will continue to see a building of the positive impact of such initiatives in tackling paramilitaries, especially in East Antrim.”

Stewart Speaks on Opposition to Fracking and Petroleum Exploration in NI

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has spoken in the Assembly of his opposition to fracking and petroleum exploration in Northern Ireland. Mr Dickon commented: “A few years ago the people of Carrickfergus in my East Antrim constituency faced the prospect of oil exploration at Woodburn Forest in the hills above the town. Fortuitously for the town, and Northern Ireland, no oil was discovered, and the prospectors left. But we still have concerns from other energy proposals in the constituency with regards to gas storage in Islandmagee. “Now there are concerns that fracking could take place in Fermanagh, something which I completely oppose, and is causing considerable worry and upset amo

Assembly Question 8650/17-22

Question: To ask the Minister for the Economy for her assessment of the levels of return for anaerobic digesters as part of the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation scheme; and whether these represent value for money.

Businesses Need Certainty in an Uncertain Time, Says Dickson

Businesses in Northern Ireland need certainty in an uncertain time, Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has said. The East Antrim MLA was speaking after the Assembly backed an Alliance amendment to a motion on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, calling on the UK Government and EU to work constructively within the context of the Northern Ireland Protocol to make its implementation as light touch as possible. “There is still much needs to be defined by both the UK Government and the EU on what shape future arrangements will take,” he said. “Businesses are crying out for certainty on what the rules and requirements will be on the movement of goods across the UK and Ireland. The power to implement

Assembly Question 8647/17-22

Question: To ask the Minister for the Economy for her assessment of the robustness of the information upon which the level of support was determined for anaerobic digesters under the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation scheme.

Assembly Question 8648/17-22

Question: To ask the Minister for the Economy how she will ensure that recommendations made by the Northern Ireland Audit Office in regards to the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation scheme are incorporated into any future energy schemes.

Assembly Question 8649/17-22

Question: To ask the Minister for the Economy to detail the number of requests sent by her Department to HMRC or the Treasury, seeking access to tax data in order to assist those excluded from business support schemes.

Assembly Question 8651/17-22

Question: To ask the Minister for the Economy what actions she will take in response to the Northern Ireland Audit Office report into the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation scheme, which identifies a significant risk that some investors may be achieving a higher financial return than was required to encourage the adoption of the various supported technologies.

Assembly Question 8484/17-22

Question: To ask the Minister for the Economy whether she is considering tuition fee relief for students as a result of the impact of COVID-19 on university education in Northern Ireland.

Assembly Question 8483/17-22

Question: To ask the Minister for the Economy what action she is taking to co-ordinate with other Executive Ministers to support students and staff at universities and colleges in Northern Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Assembly Question 8485/17-22

Question: To ask the Minister for Communities what support she can provide to students in regards to the cost and burden of contracts for private accommodation.

Assembly Question 8486/17-22

Question: To ask the Minister for the Economy for her assessment of the potential additional financial burden facing further and higher education students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and what support she can provide.

Assembly Question 8487/17-22

Question: To ask the Minister for the Economy (i) to account for the low number of completed applications to the Digital Selling Capability Grant and the Equity Investment Fund; and (ii) for her assessment as to whether there will be a significant underspend on these schemes.[Priority Written]

Assembly Question 8413/17-22

Question: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs whether he will bring forward a clean air strategy for Northern Ireland.

Assembly Question 8412/17-22

Question: To ask the Minister for the Economy for her assessment of (i) the need for support to travel agents; and (ii) the contribution that the travel sector makes to maintaining key air routes to Northern Ireland.

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