Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: Monday, 04 February 2013

Venue: Assembly Chamber

The Assembly met at noon, the Speaker in the Chair.

1. Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2. Speaker’s Ruling

2.1 Use of electronic devices in the Chamber

The Speaker reminded Members of the ruling regarding the use of electronic devices in the Chamber.

3. Executive Committee Business

3.1 Legislative Consent Motion - Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill

Proposed:

That this Assembly endorses the principle of the extension to Northern Ireland of the provisions in clause 62 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, as introduced in the House of Lords on 18 October 2012, dealing with Estate Agency Work.

Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

Debate ensued.

The Question being put, the Motion was carried without division.

4. Committee Business
4.1 Motion - GP Annual Health Checks
Proposed:

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to make it mandatory for General Practitioners to provide annual health checks for their patients, to help promote good health, prevent ill-health and detect disease at an early stage.

Chairperson, Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Debate ensued.

The Principal Deputy Speaker (Mr Molloy) took the Chair.

The Speaker took the Chair.

The Question being put, the Motion was carried without division.

5. Private Members’ Business
5.1 Motion - Feasibility of Free School Transport for all Pupils
Proposed:

That this Assembly recognises the wide-ranging benefits associated with using public transport; notes with concern the increase in car traffic during school term time; recognises the financial strain on parents paying school transport costs and the administrative costs to implement the current school bus pass system; and calls on the Minister of Education, in conjunction with the Minister for Regional Development, to conduct a feasibility study into providing free public transport for all school pupils.

Mrs J Cochrane
Mr S Dickson
Mr C Lyttle

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

The debate was suspended for Question Time.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

6. Question Time

6.1 Environment

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of the Environment, Mr Alex Attwood.

6.2 Enterprise, Trade and Investment

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Mrs Arlene Foster.

7. Private Members’ Business (Cont’d)
7.1 Motion - Feasibility of Free School Transport for all Pupils (Cont’d)

Debate resumed on the motion.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.  

The Question being put, the Motion was carried without division.

The Speaker took the Chair.

7.2 Motion - National Crime Agency

A valid Petition of Concern was presented in relation to this motion under Standing Order 28, on Friday 01 February (Appendix 1).

Proposed:

That this Assembly supports a Legislative Consent Motion in relation to the Crime and Courts Bill to give effect to the proposed National Crime Agency operating in Northern Ireland; and calls on the Minister of Justice to progress this as a matter of urgency.

Mr T Elliott
Mr R Hussey

Debate ensued.

The Question being put, the Motion was negatived on a cross-community vote with division.

8. Adjournment
Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 5.41pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
04 February 2013

Appendix 1

 

Northern Ireland Assembly

The undersigned Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly presented a petition of concern, in accordance with Standing Order 28, on Friday 01 February in relation to the following motion.  

National Crime Agency

That this Assembly supports a Legislative Consent Motion in relation to the Crime and Courts Bill to give effect to the proposed National Crime Agency operating in Northern Ireland; and calls on the Minister of Justice to progress this as a matter of urgency.

MR BARRY MCELDUFF
MR FRANCIE MOLLOY
MR SEÁN LYNCH
MR DECLAN MCALEER
MR CATHAL Ó hOISÍN
MR FRA MCCANN
MR PAT SHEEHAN
MS SUE RAMSEY
MS BRONWYN MCGAHAN
MR DAITHÍ MCKAY
MR CHRIS HAZZARD
MR ALEX MASKEY
MS CAITRÍONA RUANE
MR PHIL FLANAGAN
MR CATHAL BOYLAN
MS ROSALEEN MCCORLEY
MS MAEVE MCLAUGHLIN
MR OLIVER MCMULLAN
MR MICKEY BRADY
MS MEGAN FEARON
MR PAT RAMSEY
MRS KAREN MCKEVITT
MR COLUM EASTWOOD
MR SEAN ROGERS
MR CONALL MCDEVITT
MR MARK DURKAN
MR JOE BYRNE
MRS DOLORES KELLY
MR PATSY MCGLONE
MR ALBAN MAGINNESS
MR ALEX ATTWOOD
MR JOHN DALLAT
MR RAYMOND MCCARTNEY

Northern Ireland Assembly

29 January 2013
Divisions

Division No. 1

National Crime Agency - Motion
Proposed:

That this Assembly supports a Legislative Consent Motion in relation to the Crime and Courts Bill to give effect to the proposed National Crime Agency operating in Northern Ireland; and calls on the Minister of Justice to progress this as a matter of urgency.

Mr T Elliott
Mr R Hussey

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 56
Noes: 39

Ayes

Unionist

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Beggs, Ms P Bradley, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Campbell,
Mr Clarke, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mrs Dobson, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott,
Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey,
Mr Hussey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Mr McCallister, Mr McCausland, Mr B McCrea,
Mr I McCrea, Mr McGimpsey, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McQuillan, Lord Morrow,
Mr Moutray, Mr Newton, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Mr G Robinson, Rt Hon P Robinson, Mr Ross,
Mr Storey, Mr Swann, Mr Weir, Mr Wells.

Other

Mr Agnew, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Dickson, Dr Farry, Mr Ford, Ms Lo, Mr Lunn, Mr Lyttle, Mr McCarthy.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Hussey and Mr Kennedy.

Noes

Nationalist

Mr Attwood, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr Brady, Mr Byrne, Mr Dallat, Mr Durkan, Ms Fearon,
Mr Flanagan, Mr Hazzard, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer, Mr F McCann,
Mr McCartney, Ms McCorley, Mr McDevitt, Dr McDonnell, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan,
Mr McGlone, Mr M McGuinness, Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt, Ms Maeve McLaughlin,
Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr A Maginness, Mr Maskey, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Mr P Ramsey, Ms S Ramsey, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr McCartney and Mrs McKevitt.

Total votes                               95                                           Total Ayes                            56           [58.9%]

Nationalist Vote                      39                                           Nationalist Ayes                    0            [0.0%%]

Unionist Votes                         47                                           Unionist Ayes                       47           [100.0%]

Other Votes                               9                                            Other Ayes                            9            [100.0%]

The Motion was negatived on a cross-community vote.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
30 January - 04 February 2013

1. Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly
2. Bills of the Northern Ireland Assembly
3. Orders in Council
4. Publications Laid in the Northern Ireland Assembly

Social Fund Annual Report 2011-2012 (DSD)

5. Assembly Reports
6. Statutory Rules

(The department identified after each rule is for reference purposes only)

  • S. R. 2013/15 The Rates (Temporary Rebate) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DFP)
  • S. R. 2013/16 The Rates (Regional Rates) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DFP)
  • S. R. 2013/17 The Rates (Exemption for Automatic Telling Machines in Rural Areas) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DFP)
  • S. R. 2013/18 The County Courts (Financial Limits) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DOJ)

For Information Only:

  • Draft S. R. The Companies (Public Sector Audit) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DFP)
  • S. R. 2013/19 The County Court (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DOJ)
7. Written Ministerial Statements
8. Consultation Documents
9. Departmental Publications

Northern Ireland Better Regulation Strategy - Annual Report 2011-2012 (DETI)

Northern Ireland Spring Supplementary Estimates 2012-2013 and Vote on Account 2013-2014 (DFP)

10. Agency Publications

Office of the Social Fund Commissioner for Northern Ireland Annual Report 2011-2012 (DSD)

11. Westminster Publications
12. Miscellaneous Publications

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