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Sinn Féin motion will see Assembly recalled

2 July, 2009 - by Carál Ní Chuilín


Sinn Féin chief whip in the Assembly, Carál Ní Chuilín MLA has stated that the recall of the Assembly is essential in order to question the Finance Minister Sammy Wilson on the June Monitoring rounds and the current budget allocations.

Speaking today Ms Ní Chuilin said:

“The previous Finance Minister, Nigel Dodds has failed to bring forward the June Monitoring Round outcomes for consideration by the Executive in time to be debated by the Assembly

“What each department is allocated as a result of this financial monitoring round is essential not just for ministerial members to know what their spend may be but also for each and every MLA in order to have the opportunity to ratify any re-allocation of funds to priority projects.

“This information is crucial to the work that we all do in the Assembly and on its committees and not to have the opportunity to debate the outcomes and question the effects of these decisions given the current economic crisis and departmental shortfalls is extremely poor practice.  

“How Nigel Dodds let this slip so close to recess is beyond me and most other parties will be asking the same question which Sammy Wilson will now have to answer.

“Sinn Féin saw no other option but to call for an emergency sitting of the Assembly in order to redress this situation and this will now happen on Tuesday of next week.”

Note to editor:

The motion reads:

We the undersigned Members, request the Speaker to summon the Assembly to meet at 10.30am on Tuesday 7 July 2009 for the purpose of debating the motion set out below; and to allow the Minister of Finance and Personnel to make a statement under Standing Order 18A on Public Expenditure: June 2009/10

Motion:      PUBLIC EXPENDITURE: JUNE 2009/10

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Finance and Personnel to make a statement under Standing Order 18A on Public Expenditure: June 2009/10

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