Minutes of Proceedings
Date: Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Venue: Room 106, Parliament Buildings
1.1 Apologies were noted from Lord Morrow.
2. Minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 13 November 2012
2.1 The minutes were agreed and signed by the Speaker.
3.1 There were no matters arising.
4. Finalisation of Order Papers for plenary meetings in week commencing 26 November 2012
4.1 There was no change to the Executive Business previously scheduled for Monday 26 November.
4.2 Members noted that, in addition to the Executive Business scheduled previously for Tuesday 27 November, a statement from the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development on the NSMC Meeting in Agriculture Format was expected; and that the Second Stage of the Water and Sewerage Services (Amendment) Bill had been confirmed.
4.3 Members agreed to schedule a motion from the Committee for Education to extend the Committee Stage of the Education Bill, on Monday 26 November.
4.4 Members noted that the text of the motion from the Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment on ‘Awareness of the Small Business Research Initiative’ had been added to the Order Paper for Monday 26 November. Members confirmed one hour 30 minutes for the debate, with 15 minutes for the Chairperson to propose, 10 minutes to wind, and 5 minutes for all other speakers.
4.5 Members noted that the text of the motion from the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development on its report on the ‘Review of Bovine Tuberculosis’ had been added to the Order Paper for Monday 26 November. Members confirmed the normal timings for a committee report.
Private Members’ Business
4.6 There was no change to the Private Members’ business previously scheduled.
4.7 Junior Minister Bell confirmed that all relevant Ministers were available to respond.
4.8 The draft Order Papers were agreed.
5. Provisional arrangements for Plenary meetings in week commencing 3 December 2012
5.1 Members noted that, along with Question Time to the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister, and the Minister for Social Development, the following Executive Business was scheduled for Monday 3 December:
- Further Consideration Stage: Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse Bill;
- Further Consideration Stage: Charities Bill; and
- Motion from the Minister for Social Development to approve the Jobseeker’s Allowance (Members of the Reserve Forces) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012.
5.2 Members noted that Question Time to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, and the Assembly Commission was scheduled for Tuesday 4 December. Members also noted the possibility of Ministerial Statements on that day.
5.3 Members agreed to schedule a motion from the Committee for Regional Development on its report on the Inquiry into Unadopted Roads, on Tuesday 4 December with the usual timings for committee reports.
Private Members’ Business
5.4 Members agreed to schedule no Private Members’ motions on Monday 3 December, but one on Tuesday 4 December. Under the system of allocation, the selection lay with the SDLP. The following motion was selected:
- ‘Narrow Water Bridge Project’ (Mr S Rogers, Mrs K McKevitt).
5.5 Members agreed that up to 1 hour 30 minutes should be allocated for the debate, with the usual speaking times.
5.6 Members agreed to schedule an Adjournment Debate on Tuesday 4 December. Under the system of allocation, the selection lay with the DUP.
The following topic was proposed and selected:
- ‘The future of acute mental health services in Omagh’ (Mr T Buchanan).
5.7 Junior Minister Bell advised that all relevant Ministers were available to respond.
5.8 The provisional Order Papers were agreed.
6. Oral Questions Rota January 2012 - Easter Recess
6.1 Members agreed the rota for Oral Questions from January 2013 until the Easter Recess as presented.
7. Any other business
7.1 There was no other business.
8. Date and Time of next meeting
8.1 Members agreed to meet at approximately 12.30pm on Tuesday 27 November 2012 in Room 106.
The Chairperson brought the meeting to a close at 12.46pm.