Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: Monday, 11 March 2013

Venue: Plenary Chamber

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

1. Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2. Speaker’s Business

The Speaker delivered a ruling on challenges to the authority of the Chair arising out of the Plenary session on Monday 4 March 2013.

3. Assembly Business

3.1 Motion – Committee Membership

Proposed:

That Mr Leslie Cree replace Mr Robin Swann as a member of the Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister.

Mr R Swann
Mrs S Overend

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

3.2 Motion: Financial Assistance for Political Parties Scheme 2013

Proposed:

That, as set out in section 2(4) of the Financial Assistance for Political Parties Act (Northern Ireland) 2000, this Assembly approves the revised scheme (NIA 101/11-15) laid before the Assembly on 22 February 2013 for payments to political parties for the purpose of assisting Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly who are connected with such parties to perform their Assembly duties.

Mr P Weir
Ms C Ruane
Mr P Ramsey
Mr L Cree
Mrs J Cochrane

Debate ensued.

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

4. Executive Committee Business

4.1 Motion: Mental Health (Private Hospitals) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013

Proposed:

That the Mental Health (Private Hospitals) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 be affirmed.

Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety            

Debate ensued.

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

5. Committee Business

5.1 Motion: Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes with concern the results of the Target Ovarian Cancer Pathfinder Study 2012 which revealed low levels of awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer among women in Northern Ireland, and delays in diagnosis and treatment; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to consider a public awareness campaign on this issue.

Chairperson, Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Debate ensued.                      

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

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

5.2 Motion: Report on the Inquiry into Maximising the Potential of the Creative Industries

Proposed:

That this Assembly approves the Report of the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure on its Inquiry into Maximising the Potential of the Creative Industries (NIA 98/11-15); and calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to implement the recommendations contained in the Report.

Chairperson, Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure

Debate ensued.

The debate was suspended for Question Time.

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

6. Question Time

6.1 Social Development

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister for Social Development, Mr Nelson McCausland.

6.2 Culture, Arts and Leisure  

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Ms Carál Ní Chuilín.

7. Committee Business (Cont’d)

7.1 Motion: Report on the Inquiry into Maximising the Potential of the Creative Industries

Debate resumed on the motion.

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

8. Private Members’ Business

8.1 Motion: Age Discrimination Legislation

Proposed:

That this Assembly acknowledges and endorses the Programme for Government commitment to extend age discrimination legislation to the provision of goods, facilities and services; and calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to ensure that, in delivering on this commitment, the legislation affords protection to everyone regardless of age.

Ms M Fearon
Ms B McGahan
Mr M Brady

8.2 Amendment

Proposed:

Leave out all after ‘protection’ and insert:

‘to people aged 18 and over, in line with international best practice.’

Mr S Moutray
Ms G Robinson
Mrs B Hale
Mr P Givan

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

The Question being put, the Amendment fell (Division).

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

9. Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 5.17pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
11 March 2013

 

Northern Ireland Assembly

11 March 2013

Division

Motion: Age Discrimination Legislation – Amendment

Proposed:

Leave out all after ‘protection’ and insert:

‘to people aged 18 and over, in line with international best practice.’

Mr S Moutray
Ms G Robinson
Mrs B Hale
Mr P Givan

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 39
Noes: 44

AYES

Mr Anderson, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Clarke, Mr Craig, Mr Cree,   Mrs Dobson, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Gardiner, Mr Girvan,      Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Mr McCausland, Mr I McCrea, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr Moutray, Mr Nesbitt, Mr Newton, Mr G Robinson, Mr Ross, Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Swann, Mr Weir, Mr Wells, Mr Wilson.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr D McIlveen and Mr G Robinson

NOES

Mr Agnew, Mr Attwood, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Dallat, Mr Dickson, Mr Durkan, Mr Eastwood, Dr Farry, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Hazzard, Mrs D Kelly, Ms Lo, Mr Lynch, Mr Lyttle, Mr McAleer, Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCarthy, Mr McCartney, Ms McCorley, Mr McDevitt, Dr McDonnell, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGlone, 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, Ms S Ramsey, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr Brady and Ms Fearon

The Amendment fell. 

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
6 March – 11 March 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
Annual Report and Financial Accounts 2011/12 - Ilex Urban Regeneration Company, Derry-Londonderry (DSD/OFMDFM)
5. Assembly Reports
6. Statutory Rules

S. R. 2013/36 The Police Pension (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 (DOJ)

S. R. 2013/38 The Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (Designated Organisations) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DOJ)

S. R. 2013/39 The Food (Miscellaneous Amendment and Revocation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DHSSPS)

S. R. 2013/40 The Health and Personal Social Services (Superannuation Scheme and Injury Benefits) and Health and Social Care (Pension Scheme) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DHSSPS)

S. R. 2013/41 The Curran Street and Obins Street, Portadown (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013/43 The Welfare of Animals (Dog Breeding Establishments and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DARD)

S. R. 2013/44 The Dogs (Guard Dog Kennels) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DARD)

S. R. 2013/45 The New NAV List (Time of Valuation) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DFP)

S. R. 2013/46 Rates (Small Business Hereditament Relief) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DFP)

S. R. 2013/47 The Rates (Unoccupied Hereditaments) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DFP)

S. R. 2013/49 The Fair Employment (Specification of Public Authorities) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (OFMDFM)

S. R. 2013/50 The Social Security (Claims and Payments) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DSD)

S. R. 2013/54 The Teachers' Superannuation (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DE)

S. R. 2013/56 The Pneumoconiosis, etc., (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DSD)

S. R. 2013/57 The Mesothelioma Lump Sum Payments (Conditions and Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DSD)

S. R. 2013/58 The Social Fund Maternity and Funeral Expenses (General) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DSD)

S. R. 2013/59 The Health and Personal Social Services (General Medical Services Contracts) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DHSSPS)

For Information Only:

S. R. 2013/52 The Waiting Restrictions (Brockagh) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

7. Written Ministerial Statements
8. Consultation Documents           
9. Departmental Publications
10. Agency Publications
11. Westminster Publications

HGV Road User Levy Act 2013 Chapter 7

Mental Health (Discrimination) Act 2013 Chapter 8

European Union (Approvals) Act 2013 Chapter 9

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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