Sinn Féin ensure Assembly is recalled to question Finance Minister
Sinn Féin Assembly Group Leader John O’Dowd MLA has said that he is pleased that the Assembly will have the opportunity to put questions to the Finance Minister at a special sitting of the Assembly tomorrow (Tuesday).
Speaking this afternoon Mr O’Dowd said,
“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.
“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.
“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 tomorrow.” CRÍOCH
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