04 September 2019
Speaking after a debate on the spending review in the House of Commons today in which the Chancellor announced an additional £400million for Northern Ireland, East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson said,
DUP Parliamentary Spokesman on Education, Treasury and the Department of Work & Pensions.
“Despite attempts by the Opposition to talk down the United Kingdom economy and the destabilising effects of the delay in leaving the European Union, I am pleased that the economy has been strong enough for the government to find the additional spending which has been announced.
In particular we welcome the additional money for Northern Ireland. In our discussions with the government we had emphasised the need for resources to recruit more police officers reduce hospital waiting lists, provide relief for school budgets, money to compensate those impacted by the contaminated blood scandal and to support the Northern Ireland Hospice.
The additional money now made available to government Departments in this year should help to partly achieve those objectives. It is now up to the Secretary of State to ensure, that in the absence of devolution the Civil Service get on with the job of making the decisions necessary to spend this money.
Over the last number of years we have used our influence at Westminster to deliver for the people of Northern Ireland. No other party has secured a single penny for our schools or hospitals. We will always use our influence at Westminster to deliver for everyone in Northern Ireland.”