McGlone: Careful management needed for Prisoner release scheme

SDLP Justice Spokesperson Patsy McGlone MLA has said that careful management of a scheme to release some prisoners early as a result of the coronavirus crisis is needed following an announcement by the Justice Minister today. Mr McGlone said that there must be robust support plans in place for anyone released to ensure that they … Continue reading McGlone: Careful management needed for Prisoner release scheme

AQO 428/17-22 – Electronic voting in Assembly

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Assembly Commission what plans it has to introduce technology for Member electronic voting in Plenary sittings. Assembly Commission: The Standing Orders of the Assembly do not currently provide for electronic voting by Members. Standing Order 26 provides that the Speaker shall judge whether or not a question … Continue reading AQO 428/17-22 – Electronic voting in Assembly

AQW 3739/17-22 – Mortgages and loans during Coronavirus outbreak

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Finance, in light of the Coronavirus outbreak, what contact he has had with the Treasury or the Bank of England to consider future options to reduce mortgage payments for homeowners or loans to businesses. Minister of Finance: I pressed the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, … Continue reading AQW 3739/17-22 – Mortgages and loans during Coronavirus outbreak

AQW 3524/17-22 – Education budget for cleansing in schools

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Education what extra budget provision is being made for soap, anti-bacterial and other cleansing materials in schools. Minister of Education:  I appreciate that this unprecedented situation is an extremely challenging time for schools and all our partners in the education sector. In conjunction with the … Continue reading AQW 3524/17-22 – Education budget for cleansing in schools

McGlone: CEF guidance must be adopted

Chair of Stormont’s All Party Group on Construction Patsy McGlone MLA has called on government to act on the advice of the Construction Employers Federation and provide cover for non-essential construction work to cease as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The Mid Ulster MLA said that construction projects should continue, with appropriate social distancing, … Continue reading McGlone: CEF guidance must be adopted

AQW 3813/17-22 – Civil Service Staff Coronavirus Outbreak

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Finance, in light of the coronavirus outbreak and in the interests of staff welfare, what health and disability audit has been undertaken of staff in the Civil Service in order that people with particular health vulnerabilities may work from home. [Priority Written] Minister of Finance:  … Continue reading AQW 3813/17-22 – Civil Service Staff Coronavirus Outbreak

AQW 3377/17-22 – Northern Ireland Prison Service and Coronavirus

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Justice what measures are being taken by the Northern Ireland Prison Service to protect staff and prisoners against coronavirus. Minister of Justice: The Northern Ireland Prison Service take the threat presented by COVID19 extremely seriously and have undertaken significant work in preparation for the challenges … Continue reading AQW 3377/17-22 – Northern Ireland Prison Service and Coronavirus

AQO 275/17-22 – Immigration and Seasonal Workers in Agri-Food Sector

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, in relation to the proposed Points-Based System and Salary Thresholds for Immigration, for his assessment of the impact it may have on the supply of seasonal workers in the agri-food industry. Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: The UK’s … Continue reading AQO 275/17-22 – Immigration and Seasonal Workers in Agri-Food Sector