Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Monday, 11 June 2012

Venue: Assembly Chamber

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

1. Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2. Assembly Business

2.1 Royal Assent

The Speaker advised Members that Royal Assent had been signified on 1 June 2012 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2012.

2.2 Resignation

The Speaker informed Members that he had received a letter from Ms Martina Anderson resigning as a Member of the Assembly with effect from Monday 11 June 2012. The Speaker advised that he had notified the Chief Electoral Officer, in accordance with Section 35 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

2.3 Motion - Extension of sitting

Proposed:

That, in accordance with Standing Order 10(3A), the sitting on Monday 11 June 2012 be extended to no later than 7.30pm.

Mr P Weir
Lord Morrow

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

3. Executive Committee Business

3.1 Statement - ‘Pathways to Success’ - The Strategy for Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training

The Minister for Employment and Learning, Dr Stephen Farry, made a statement regarding ‘Pathways to Success’ - The Strategy for Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training, following which he replied to questions.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

3.2 Legislative Consent Motion: Financial Services Bill

Proposed:

That this Assembly agrees that the provisions in Part 3 of the Financial Services Bill as introduced in the House of Commons on 10 May 2012, dealing with the transfer of functions in relation to Mutual Societies, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

Debate ensued.

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

3.3 Motion: Draft Goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) (Exemption) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012

Proposed:

That the draft Goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) (Exemption) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 be approved.

Minister of the Environment

Debate ensued.

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

3.4 Motion: Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2012

Proposed:

That the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 be approved.

Minister for Social Development

Debate ensued.

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

4. Committee Business

4.1 Motion: Report on the Inquiry into Developing the Northern Ireland Economy through Innovation, Research and Development

Proposed:

That this Assembly approves the Report of the Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment on its Inquiry into Developing the Northern Ireland Economy through Innovation, Research and Development; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, in conjunction with her Executive colleagues, to implement, as applicable, the recommendations contained therein.

             Chairperson, Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

The debate was suspended for Question Time.

5. Question Time

5.1 Agriculture and Rural Development

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Michelle O’Neill.

5.2 Education

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Education, Mr John O’Dowd.

6. Committee Business (Cont’d)

6.1 Motion: Report on the Inquiry into Developing the Northern Ireland Economy through Innovation, Research and Development (Cont’d)

Debate resumed on the Motion.

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

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

The Speaker took the Chair.

7. Private Members’ Business

7.1 Motion - Review of Sentencing for the Murder of PSNI Officers

Proposed:

That this Assembly, in light of the sentences handed down to those responsible for the murder of Constable Stephen Carroll, calls for a review of sentencing for the murder of PSNI officers.

Mr J Craig [R]
Mr P Givan
Lord Morrow
Mr S Anderson
Mr S Moutray

7.2 Amendment

Proposed:

At end insert:

‘; and further calls for the establishment of an independent Sentencing Guidelines Council for Northern Ireland.’

Mr A Maginness
Mr P McGlone

Debate ensued.

The Question being put, the Amendment fell without division.

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

8. Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 5.50pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
11 June 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
30 May - 11 June 2012

1. Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2012

2. Bills of the Northern Ireland Assembly

3. Orders in Council

4. Publications Laid in the Northern Ireland Assembly

Annual Report of the Lay Observer for Northern Ireland 2011 (DFP)

Telling Them Why - An inspection of the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland giving of reasons for its decisions (DOJ)

Child Poverty Act 2010 - Annual Report 'Improving Children's Life Chances - the First Year (OFMDFM)

Report of the Proceedings of the Agricultural Wages Board for Northern Ireland under the Agricultural Wages (Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997- for the year ended 31 December 2011 (DARD)

Northern Ireland Estimates 2012-2013 (DFP)

Northern Ireland Estimates 2010-2011 Statement of Excesses (DFP)

Final Report of Commission Investigation Under Paragraph 11 of Schedule 9 of the Northern Ireland Act (Equality Commission for Northern Ireland)

5. Assembly Reports

Nineteenth Report of the Examiner of Statutory Rules (NIA 56/11-15)

Report on the Transfer of Former Military and Security Sites to the Northern Ireland Executive and Report on Ilex Accounts (NIA 48/11-15)

6. Statutory Rules

  • Draft S.R. 2012 The Welfare of Animals (Docking of Working Dogs' Tails and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DARD)
  • Draft S.R 2012 Local Government Best Value (Exclusion of Non-commercial Considerations) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2012/219 The Safety of Sports Grounds (Fees and Appeals) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DCAL)
  • S.R. 2012/229 The Foster Placement (Children) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DHSSPS)
  • S.R 2012/230 The Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2012/231 The Nitrates Action Programme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE/DARD)
  • S.R. 2012/232 The Automatic Enrolment (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)
  • S.R 2012/235 The M2 Motorway at Whitla Street, Belfast (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 20112 (DRD)
  • S.R 2012/237 The Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Automatic Enrolment) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)
  • S.R. 2012/238 The Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Automatic Enrolment) (Amendment No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)

For Information Only:

  • S.R.20212/220 The Waiting Restrictions (Larne) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/221 The Roads (Speed Limit) (No.2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/222 The Parking Places on Roads (Larne) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/223 The Parking Places on Roads (Toome) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/224 The Parking and Waiting Restrictions (Strabane) (Amendment No.2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/225 The Loading Bays and Parking Places on Roads (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/227 The Parking Places (Disabled Persons' Vehicles) (Amendment No.4) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/228 The Road Races (Down Special Stages Rally) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)

7.    Written Ministerial Statements

Child Poverty Act 2010: Annual Report ‘Improving Children’s Life Chances – the First Year’

(OFMDFM)

Publication of Planning Appeals Commission Reports on the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015 (BMAP) and Banbridge, Newry and Mourne Area Plan (DOE)

Independent Review of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Infection in Neonatal Units in Northern Ireland (DHSSPS)

Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry: Terms of Reference, Chair and Acknowledgement Forum Panel Members (OFMDFM)

8. Consultation Documents

Consultation on Draft Ten Year Breastfeeding Strategy for Northern Ireland 2012-2022 (DHSSPS)

9. Departmental Publications

Youth Justice Agency Business Plan 2012-2013 (DOJ)

10. Agency Publications

Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland Corporate Plan 2012-15

11. Westminster Publications

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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