Minutes of Proceedings
Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Venue: Room 106, Parliament Buildings
1.1 There were apologies from Mr Pat Ramsey, and the Speaker welcomed Mr Joe Byrne as the SDLP substitute.
2. Minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 7 May 2013
2.1 The minutes were agreed and signed by the Speaker.
3. Matters arising
3.1 There were no matters arising.
4. Finalisation of the Order Papers for the plenary meetings in week commencing 20 May
4.1 Members noted that there was no change to the Executive business scheduled previously for Monday 20 May.
4.2 Members noted that there was no change to the Executive business scheduled previously for Tuesday 21 May.
4.3 Members noted that there were still no requests for Committee business.
Private Members' Business
4.4 Having deferred its choice of a Private Members' motion at the last meeting, the Alliance party selected the following motion for Tuesday 21 May:
• 'Announcement on a Shared Future' (Mr C Lyttle, Mr T Lunn, Mr S Dickson).
Following a request from Mr Dickson, members agreed to schedule 2 hours for the debate, with the usual speaking times.
4.5 Having deferred its choice of a Private Members' motion at the last meeting, it was noted that the UUP had selected the following motion for Tuesday 21 May:
• 'Fall in Farm Incomes' (Mrs J Dobson, Mr R Swann).
Members agreed to schedule the motion, with the usual speaking times.
4.6 Having received confirmation that the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment was not available to respond to the previously chosen adjournment topic, 'Lack of economic development in Down District' scheduled for Tuesday 21 May, Sinn Féin selected the following topic in its place:
• 'Whitemountain Quarry Hazardous Waste Transfer Site, West Belfast' (Ms R McCorley).
Members agreed to schedule the adjournment topic.
4.7 Mr Rogers confirmed that all relevant Ministers were available to respond to the business selected.
4.8 The draft Order Papers were agreed.
5. Provisional arrangements for the plenary meeting on Tuesday 28 May 2013
5.1 Members noted that, due to the Public Holiday on Monday 27 May, four Question Time slots were scheduled on Tuesday 28 May – to the Minister for Social Development; the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development; the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure; and the Minister of Education.
5.2 Members noted that no Committee business had been requested.
Private Members' Business
5.3 Members agreed to schedule the presentation of a public petition on Tuesday 28 May by Mr Oliver McMullan, regarding a replacement fire station in Cushendall.
5.4 Members agreed to schedule two Private Members' motions on Tuesday 28 May. Under the system of allocation, the selections lay with the DUP and SDLP. The following motions were selected:
• 'Epilepsy Service Provision' (Mr G Robinson, Ms P Bradley, Ms P Brown, Mr G Dunne); and
• 'Transforming Your Care Review' (Mr C McDevitt, Mr M Durkan, Mr P Ramsey).
5.5 Members agreed that up to 1 hour 30 minutes should be allocated for each motion, with the usual speaking times.
5.6 Members agreed to schedule an Adjournment Debate on Tuesday 28 May. It was noted that, as the DUP adjournment topic scheduled for later on Tuesday 14 May would not be moved, the selection would revert to the DUP. Mr Weir agreed to notify the Clerk of his party's selection after the meeting.
Following a request for clarification from Mr Swann, it was confirmed that the rota system allowed for situations that were outside the control of parties and ensured that slots were not lost. It was further confirmed that the UUP would be the next party to select an adjournment topic.
Following a request for clarification from Ms Ruane, it was confirmed that it would not be possible to add another adjournment topic to the Order Paper for Tuesday 14 May at such short notice.
5.7 Mr Rogers advised that all Ministers were available to respond to the selected plenary business.
5.8 The provisional Order Paper was agreed.
6. Any other business
6.1 There was no other business
7. Date and Time of next meeting
7.1 Members agreed to meet at approximately 12.30pm on Tuesday 21 May 2013 in Room 106.
The Speaker brought the meeting to a close at 12.45pm.