Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Monday, 12 March 2012

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

1.    Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2.    Executive Committee Business

2.1   Motion - Suspend Standing Orders

Proposed:

That Standing Orders 10(2) to 10(4) be suspended for 12 March 2012.

Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister

The Question being put, the Motion was carried with cross-community support nemine contradicente.

2.2   Motion - Programme For Government 2011-15

Proposed:

That this Assembly endorses the Programme for Government 2011-15 agreed by the Executive.

Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

The debate was suspended for Question Time.

3.    Question Time

3.1   Social Development  

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

3.2   Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister

Questions were put to, and answered by, the deputy First Minister, Mr Martin McGuinness. The junior Minister, Ms Martina Anderson, also answered a number of questions.

4.    Executive Committee Business (Cont’d)

4.1   Motion - Programme For Government 2011-15 (Cont’d)

Debate resumed on the motion.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

The Speaker took the Chair. 

The Question being put, the Motion was carried (Division 1).

4.2   Statement - Salmon Conservation in the DCAL jurisdiction

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

The Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Mr Carál Ní Chuilín, made a statement regarding Salmon Conservation in the DCAL Jurisdiction, following which she replied to questions.

4.3   First Stage - Superannuation Bill

The Minister for Finance and Personnel, introduced a Bill to make provision for and in connection with limiting the value of the benefits which may be provided under so much of any scheme under Article 3 of the Superannuation (Northern Ireland) Order 1972 as provides by virtue of Article 4(2) of that Order for benefits to be provided by way of compensation to or in respect of persons who suffer loss of office or employment; and to make provision about the procedure for modifying such a scheme.

Bill passed First Stage and ordered to be printed.

4.4   Motion - The Rates (Regional Rates) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012

Proposed:

That the Rates (Regional Rates) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 be affirmed.

Minister of Finance and Personnel

Debate ensued.

The Question being put, the Motion was carried with cross-community support nemine contradicente.

4.5   Motion - The Rates (Microgeneration) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012

Proposed:

That the Rates (Microgeneration) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 be affirmed.

Minister of Finance and Personnel

Debate ensued.

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

5.    Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 7.13pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
12 March 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly

12 March 2012
Division 1

Programme For Government 2011-15 - Motion

Proposed:

That this Assembly endorses the Programme for Government 2011-15 agreed by the Executive.

Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 73
Noes: 11

Ayes

Ms M Anderson, Mr S Anderson, Mr Bell, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Ms P Bradley, Mr Brady,
Mr Campbell, Mr T Clarke, Mr W Clarke, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Cree,
Mr Dickson, Mr Doherty, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Dr Farry, Mr Flanagan, Mr Ford,
Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey,
Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lewis, Ms Lo, Mr Lunn, Mr Lynch, Mr Lyttle,
Mr McCallister, Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCarthy, Mr McCartney, Mr McCausland,
Mr I McCrea, Mr McElduff, Mr M McGuinness, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McKay,
Mr McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr McQuillan, Mr A Maskey, Mr P Maskey, Mr Moutray,
Mr Murphy, Mr Nesbitt, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O’Dowd, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots,
Ms S Ramsey, Mr G Robinson, Rt P Robinson, Mr Ross, Ms Ruane, Mr Storey, Mr Swann,
Mr Weir, Mr Wells, Mr Wilson.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Brady and Mr G Robinson.

Noes

Mr Allister, Mr D Bradley, Mr Byrne, Mr Durkan, Mr Eastwood, Mrs D Kelly, Mr McDevitt,
Mr McGlone, Mrs McKevitt, Mr A Maginness, Mr P Ramsey.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr Durkan and Mr Eastwood.

The Motion was carried.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
7 - 12 March 2012

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

Joint Unannounced Inspection by RQIA and CJI of Infection Prevention and Hygiene in Roe House, HMP Maghaberry (DOJ)

Special EU Programmes Body Annual Report 2010 (OFMDFM)

Draft Guidance on the Use of Fixed Penalty Notices (DOE)

5.    Assembly Reports

Report on the Pensions Bill (NIA 40-11-15) (Committee for Social Development)

6.    Statutory Rules

  • S.R. 2012/74 The Road Traffic (Financial Penalty Deposit) (Interest) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DFP)
  • S.R. 2012/77 The Road Traffic Offenders (Prescribed Devices) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2012/78 The Health and Personal Social Services (Superannuation), Health and Social Care (Pension Scheme) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DHSSPS)
  • S.R. 2012/82 Police Service of Northern Ireland and Police Service of Northern Ireland Reserve (Injury Benefit) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (DOJ)
  • S.R. 2012/86 The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOJ)
  • S.R. 2012/87 The Social Security Revaluation of Earnings Factors Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)
  • S.R. 2012/88 The Social Security Pensions (Low Earnings Threshold) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)
  • S.R. 2012/89 The Social Security Pensions (Flat Rate Accrual Amount) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)
  • S.R. 2012/94 The Belfast International Airport (Control Over Land) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/95 The Foyle Area (Greenbraes Fishery Angling Permits) Regulations 2012 (DARD)
  • S.R. 2012/96 The Fair Employment (Specification of Public Authorities) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (OFMDFM)
  • S.R. 2012/98 The Occupational and Personal Pension Scheme (Levies) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)
  • S.R. 2012/99 The Pension Protection Fund and Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling and Compensation Cap) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)
  • S.R. 2012/100 The Social Security (Industrial Injuries) (Prescribed Diseases) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)
  • S.R. 2012/101 The Grange Lodge, Antrim (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/103 The Shore Road and Northwood Parade, Belfast (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/104 The Loopland Court, Belfast (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/106 Rates (Small Business Hereditament Relief) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DFP)
  • S.R. 2012/107 The Social Security (Claims and Payments) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)
  • S.R. 2012/108 The Social Security (Recovery) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)
  • S.R. 2012/111 The Recovery of Health Services Charges (Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DHSSPS)

For Information Only:

  • S.R. 2012/68 (C.9) The Health (2009 Act) (Commencement No.1) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DHSSPS)
  • S.R. 2012/102 The Parking and Waiting Restrictions (Strabane) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)

 

7.   Written Ministerial Statements

8.    Consultation Documents

9.    Departmental Publications

The Economic Research Institute of Northern Ireland Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2011 (OFMDFM)

10. Agency Publications

11.  Westminster Publications

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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