Pengelly told 'keep it brief' on her Stormont debut
The DUP's newest Assembly recruit has been warned to keep her answers brief during her first ever question time.
Emma Pengelly, who was appointed a junior minister just a month after being co-opted as a South Belfast MLA, was reminded to stay within the two-minute time frame following her debut appearance at the Stormont Assembly.
Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin said: "Thank you for that detailed answer, but there is a two-minute rule which I will remind you about now."
In her first public question and answer session, Ms Pengelly, a qualified barrister, was probed on a court judgment over the failure to agree an anti-poverty strategy.
She said the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister had committed more than £100m to reduce poverty and the consequences of living in areas of deprivation. Ms Pengelly said: "We have currently spent over £27m on our Delivering Social Change projects, including contributing significantly to the projects jointly funded with Atlantic Philanthropies in total worth almost £60m over this and the next three years.
"In all this work we have focused strategically on improving outcomes across a range of deprivation measures to help improve the lives of those in poverty."