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Question Time

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill defended her policy of relocating her department's headquarters away from Belfast, on 17 April 2012.

In reply to a question from the UUP's Michael Copeland, the minister outlined the meetings her officials were holding with the NIPSA trade union.

Mr Copeland suggested that the estimated £26m cost of transferring the headquarters could be better spent on other forms of rural development.

Mrs O'Neill drew attention to the jobs created in the construction and maintenance of the new headquarters.

She said the outline business case had been approved by the Department of Finance.

Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin was asked about financial support for the Cookstown 100 motorcycle races.

Ms Ni Chuilin said her department had provided £26,500 for safety measures in the paddock area.

In reply to the DUP's Ian McCrea, the minister said responsibility for funding had transferred to the enterprise department (DETI), and that the race organisers had not applied to DETI or the tourist board for funding.

Another DUP MLA, Sydney Anderson, asked the minister if she would meet the Queen if she visited Northern Ireland in 2012.

Ms Ni Chuilin said it was a bit of a hypothetical question and she treated each invitation she received on its merits.


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