Canlyniadau 181–200 o 3679 ar gyfer speaker:Conor Murphy

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Further Education Delivery Model: Review (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: The redundancy process had already started. Expressions of interest went out to staff, and there was a significant number of returns; there were many more than the number of places that the colleges were looking to remove by redundancy. One college also considered compulsory redundancies, and we ensured that that option was taken off the table. We ensured that there were only voluntary...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Further Education Delivery Model: Review (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: Yes, there is no doubt that there have been difficulties. My clear view, which I think the FE sector shares, is that FE colleges are underutilised and we need to find ways to get more people into them. That means making courses more accessible, trying to get more resources into them, ensuring that staff are properly paid for the work that they do and that their career progression is...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: BT/EE: Enniskillen Site (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: We are trying to understand what the rationale for a change in Enniskillen might be and what it might involve. A two-week extension might create more uncertainty, but it might also buy some more time to allow the company to come at the situation in a more supportive way for the staff that are there. If the issue is property, we will be happy to work with BT to identify what property might...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: BT/EE: Enniskillen Site (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: I hope that the company will be as clear as possible and that we do not add to the uncertainty and, undoubtedly, the stress of the people who are waiting to hear the outcome of the review. I will ask my officials to make sure that the company is as clear as possible and does not end up adding unduly to people's stress. Our primary objective is to retain the jobs there, and if BT identifies...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Credit Unions (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: I am happy to speak today at the event in the Long Gallery involving the credit unions. They have played a vital role in the provision of financial support for families and small businesses for 65 years. They are a cornerstone of that local financial support for people. Yes, they have identified issues in their manifesto that they want to work with us on. We have committed to putting together...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Students: Financial Assistance (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: The cost-of-living crisis continues to have a significant impact on many sections of our society, including students at further education colleges. Student support officers based in every college help students to access further education grants, and the hardship fund, the Care to Learn scheme, childcare, the education maintenance allowance, home-to-college transport and free school meals are...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Students: Financial Assistance (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: As I said, we announced £1·7 million additional in recent times for further education students. There is a recognition that the costs attached to higher education are more significant for many students, but I want to ensure that there is a level of support available across all. If we had more money, we would certainly put more money into hardship funds to ensure that people have that....

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Students: Financial Assistance (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: As I said, the Department funds around £10 million per annum to provide a range of ongoing financial supports for further education students, including further education grants, the hardship fund, Care to Learn, home-to-college transport, free school meals and clothing allowance. Education maintenance allowance is also available for eligible students. A further £4·5 million per annum is...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Spirit Aerosystems (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: The Department is aware of the ongoing discussions between Boeing and Spirit Aerosystems about a potential acquisition. The Department is not aware of any immediate impact on its Northern Ireland operations, and it would be wrong to speculate on potential outcomes for Spirit locally as the discussions continue. My office is already engaging with Spirit to confirm a date for a meeting to...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Spirit Aerosystems (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: I understand that, from the Member's constituency perspective and generally across Belfast, there will be concern when there is an acquisition about what the future is for the people who work there. People are entitled to be concerned about their future, and, obviously, our intent is to try to ensure support for as many workers as we can. It is early days in those discussions. When I was in...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Spirit Aerosystems (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: We will work with whomever we can. At the moment, it is a commercial discussion between two companies. We are concerned about the implications for the economy, jobs and the presence of that manufacturing in Belfast. It is probably early days to decide whom we need to speak to. When we get a sense of what is shaping up — we have asked for a meeting — if we have to go to London or America...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Corporation Tax (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: Tax is one of several factors that companies consider when making investment decisions. However, the way in which Treasury proposed to deduct funding from the Executive block grant at a time of public spending cuts meant that reducing corporation tax was not affordable. That will remain the case unless the British Government change their approach to funding public services and to adjusting...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Corporation Tax (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: Yes. That should be our ambition, because it would be beneficial to the proposition that we sell internationally. The way it has been presented to us by Treasury from as far back as 10 years ago — I was involved in the discussions at that time — makes it unaffordable. It was unaffordable then, and it is probably even more so now. If that situation changes, we can pursue the opportunity....

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Corporation Tax (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: Yes, absolutely. The visit was very successful. I spent time in New York engaging with businesses there. Corporation tax was not significantly raised; I struggle to remember it being raised at all. The key issues were the skills of the people who work here, dual access to British and European markets and the fact that we have an Executive back in place, which meant that people had the...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Corporation Tax (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: I do not believe that we need to be in competition. It has been the mindset here for too long that we are competing. We benefit much more from collaboration. International investment is an easier proposition if you have a single tax rate across the island. I would not argue for a race to the bottom. Corporation tax reduction interests companies and can attract more investment, but it is not...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Childcare Sector: Business Support (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: Ensuring that working parents have access to high-quality, affordable childcare is a priority for the Executive. We need a childcare solution that aligns with my economic goals of good jobs, increased productivity and regional balance. To that end, I am committed to working with the Minister of Education as he develops and implements the early years and childcare strategy.

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Childcare Sector: Business Support (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: I thank the Member for her question. I understand fully what she is saying. I have engaged strongly with the childcare sector over the past couple of years, so I know the pressures that it faces. Some of the solutions that the Member has outlined fall to the Department of Finance, and some may be the responsibility of the Department for the Economy. The lead is the Department of Education,...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Childcare Sector: Business Support (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: Part of the solution is what firms, particularly firms that are well established and in good economic shape, can bring to it. I also think — we have had this discussion with business — that employers need to consider how they allow women in particular to re-access work. If it is an all-or-nothing full-time job offer only, people have to make the sometimes difficult decision to leave their...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Childcare Sector: Business Support (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: One that I have just outlined is dialogue with people in the private sector to ensure that that sector plays its part. The private sector tells us all the time that it cannot get the people whom it needs and that it needs more people with skills. It has a contribution to make to ensuring that people can access education and skills or move directly into work. Childcare is a significant issue...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Economic Productivity (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: Raising productivity is one of my four economic objectives. It will require action on a wide range of policies, such as trade and investment, including making the most of dual market access; skills; leadership and management of business; investment in innovation; entrepreneurship; and a policy for high-potential sectors and businesses. I will take actions across all those areas. I will liaise...


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