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Question Time: OFMDFM and Justice

Justice Minister David Ford said he had spoken to the Chief Constable about speeding-up the issue of personal protection weapons to retiring Prison Service staff, on 27 November 2012.

In reply to a question from SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell, Mr Ford said the safety of prison staff was a "high priority" for his department.

The DUP's Jim Wells wanted to know why local companies "did not have a fair opportunity to tender for building the Northern Ireland Community Safety College at Desertcreat".

Mr Wells noted that the tender for the college had specified Kilkenny limestone or Donegal quartz.

The minister said the relevant stone "to provide the style of the buildings is not available in Northern Ireland".

He added that it was exactly the same stone that had been specified by the Department of Health for the new South West Hospital.

First Minister Peter Robinson was asked by the UUP's Ross Hussey why there had been "slippage" in the delivery of his department in targets contained in the Programme For Government.

Mr Robinson said there was no delay in the ongoing monitoring of delivery against targets.

The First Minister said he and the Deputy First Minister were doing "our absolute best to deliver against the 82 commitments in the Programme for Government".

Mr Robinson was asked what role he and the the deputy first minister would play when the G8 summit was held in Fermanagh in 2013.

The First Minister said that, of course, Northern Ireland would want to showcase itself during that period.


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