02 June 2006

Debates ‘U-turn’ for Peter Hain

Daily Ireland

British secretary of state Peter Hain has been forced into a U-turn on next week’s sitting of the Stormont assembly, the Democratic Unionist Party claimed last night.
Ian Paisley’s party said Mr Hain had been forced to back down on a plan to hold no debates for the second week running at Stormont after the DUP threatened not to take part in a special committee to prepare for devolved government.
There was outrage from unionists, the SDLP and Alliance Party politicians after Mr Hain informed assembly members there would be no debates next week.
Assembly members had suggested debates on the imposition of rates on manufacturers in the North and on the British government’s plans for the reorganisation of local government and public bodies.
A source said: “Dr Paisley made it clear that there would be no Preparation for Government Committee unless there was an assembly debate next week. We have now been informed a debate will take place.”

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