Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Monday, 14 May 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. Executive Committee Business

2.1 Statement - North-South Ministerial Council meeting in Institutional Format

The deputy First Minister, Mr Martin McGuinness, made a statement regarding the North-South Ministerial Council meeting in Institutional Format, following which he replied to questions.

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

2.2 Statement - Health and Social Care Shared Services

The Minister of Heath, Social Services and Public Safety, Mr Edwin Poots, made a statement regarding the Health and Social Care Shared Services, following which he replied to questions.

3. Committee Business

3.1 Motion - Report on the Review of Judicial Appointments (NIA 38/11-15)
Proposed:

That this Assembly approves the Report of the Committee for Justice on its Review of Judicial Appointments and the recommendation that there should be no changes to the current process for judicial appointments and removals in Northern Ireland at this time; and endorses the intention of the Committee to undertake a further review of the judicial appointments and removals processes.

Chairperson, Committee for Justice

Debate ensued.

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

3.2 Motion - Extension of Committee Stage: Superannuation Bill (NIA 6/11-15)
Proposed:

That, in accordance with Standing Order 33 (4), the period referred to in Standing Order 33 (2) be extended to 28 September 2012, in relation to the Committee Stage of the Superannuation Bill (NIA Bill 6/11-15).

Chairperson, Committee for Finance and Personnel

Debate ensued.

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

The sitting was suspended at 2.23pm.

The sitting resumed at 2.30pm with the Speaker in the Chair.

4. Question Time

4.1 Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister

Questions were put to, and answered by, the First Minister, Rt Hon Peter Robinson. The junior Minister, Mr Jonathan Bell, also answered a number of questions.

4.2 Education  

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

5. Private Members’ Business

5.1 Motion - Agri-Crime
Proposed:

That this Assembly notes with concern the impact of agri-crime on our farming community; calls on the Minister of Justice to ensure that the perpetrators of such crimes receive the maximum possible sentences; and further calls on the Minister to ensure that clear advice is provided by the Department on the extent to which land owners are permitted to defend their property, and that this is reflected in the forthcoming Justice Bill.

Mr D McIlveen
Lord Morrow

Debate ensued.  

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

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

6. Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 4.53pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
14 May 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
9 - 14 May 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

5. Assembly Reports

Environment Inquiry into the Management of Used Tyres in Northern Ireland (NIA 11/11-15) (Committee for the Environment)

Summary of Responses and Evidence to the Committee’s Consultation on the Dissolution of the Department for Employment and Learning and the Transfer of its Functions (NIA 51/11-15) (Committee for Employment and Learning)

6. Statutory Rules

  • Draft S.R.2012  The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide (2007 Act) (Commencement) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOJ)
  • Draft S.R. 2012  The Goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) (Exemption) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2012/185 The Potatoes Originating in Egypt (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DARD)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

Scotland Act 2012

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

8. Consultation Documents

9. Departmental Publications

10. Agency Publications

11. Westminster Publications

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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