Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: Monday, 17 June 2013

Venue: Assembly Chamber

The Assembly met at noon, the Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) in the Chair.

1. Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2. Public Petition

2.1 Public Petition – Rescue the sculpture celebrating the shirt factory women of Derry~Londonderry

Ms Maeve McLaughlin was granted leave, in accordance with Standing Order 22, to present a Public Petition calling for the completion of the sculpture celebrating the shirt factory women of Derry~Londonderry.

3. Executive Committee Business

3.1 First Stage – Financial Provisions Bill (NIA 22/11-15)

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, introduced a Bill to repeal the Development Loans (Agriculture and Fisheries) Act (Northern Ireland) 1968; to enable the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to pay grants to certain harbour authorities; to make provision in relation to the payment of interest on funds in court; to make provision enabling the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to recover certain costs; to make provision for the disclosure of data obtained by the Comptroller and Auditor General for data matching purposes; to enable the Department of Justice to make payments to certain bodies providing services for the police, etc.; and for purposes connected with those matters.

The Financial Provisions Bill (NIA 22/11-15) passed First Stage and ordered to be printed.

3.2 First Stage – Public Service Pensions Bill (NIA 23/11-15)

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, introduced a Bill to make provision for public service pension schemes; and for connected purposes.

The Public Service Pensions Bill (NIA 23/11-15) passed First Stage and ordered to be printed.

3.3 Consideration Stage – Budget (No.2) Bill (NIA 21/11-15)

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, moved the Consideration Stage of the Budget (No.2) Bill (NIA 21/11-15). 

No amendments were tabled to the Bill.

Clauses

The question being put, it was agreed without division that Clauses 1 to 7 stand part of the Bill.

Schedules

The question being put, it was agreed without division that Schedules 1 to 3 stand part of the Bill.

Long Title

The question being put, the Long Title was agreed without division.                   

The Budget (No 2) Bill (NIA 21/11-15) stood referred to the Speaker.

3.4 First Stage – Licensing of Pavement Cafés Bill (NIA 24/11-15)

The Minister for Social Development, Mr Nelson McCausland, introduced a Bill to make provision for the regulation by district councils of the placing on public areas of furniture for use for the consumption of food or drink.

The Licensing of Pavement Cafés Bill (NIA 24/11-15) passed First Stage and ordered to be printed.

3.5 Legislative Consent Motion – Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill
Proposed:

That this Assembly endorses the principle of the extension to Northern Ireland of the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill.

Minister for Social Development

Debate ensued.

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

4. Committee Business

4.1 Motion: Integrated Endometriosis Service
Proposed:

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to initiate and expedite an inquiry into the urgent need for an integrated endometriosis service to address the severe suffering experienced by women with this condition across Northern Ireland.

Chairperson, Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Debate ensued.                      

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

5. Private Members’ Business

5.1 First Stage – Road Traffic (Speed Limits) Bill (NIA 25/11-15)

Mr Conall McDevitt introduced a Bill to set a maximum speed limit on residential roads of 20 miles per hour.

The Road Traffic (Speed Limits) Bill (NIA 24/11-15) passed First Stage and ordered to be printed.

5.2 Motion – Aid Package for Fishermen
Proposed:

That this Assembly welcomes the efforts made by fishermen in meeting EU catch regulations in respect of cod and in reducing other unwanted catches; recognises the expense incurred in purchasing highly selective gears and forgoing valuable catches as a result of using these gears; sympathises with those fishermen whose earnings have been dramatically reduced because of a combination of bad weather and using new fishing gears; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to deliver urgently a meaningful package of aid designed to assist those fishermen who have helped her comply with the commitments she made at the EU Fisheries Council in December 2011.

Mr P Frew
Mr W Irwin
Mr T Clarke
Mr T Buchanan

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

The sitting was suspended at 2.23pm. 

The sitting resumed at 2.30pm, with the Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) in the Chair.

6. Question Time

6.1 Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Mr Edwin Poots.

6.2 Social Development

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

7. Private Members’ Business (Cont’d)

7.1 Motion – Aid Package for Fishermen

Debate resumed on the Motion.

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 3.41pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
17 June 2013

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
12 – 17 June 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

Records NI Retention and Disposal Schedule 2012 – 2014 (DCAL)

Southern Health and Social Care Trust Annual Report and Accounts of the Trust Funds held by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust Year Ended 31 March 2012 (DHSSPS)

5. Assembly Reports

Inquiry into the better use of public and community sector funds for the delivery of bus transport in Northern Ireland (NIA 65/11-15) (Committee for Regional Development)

Report on the Legislative Consent Motion: Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill (NIA 118/11-15) (Committee for Finance and Personnel)

Report of the Examiner of Statutory Rules to the Assembly and the Appropriate Committees 14 June 2013 (NIA 121/11-15) (Examiner of Statutory Rules)

6. Statutory Rules

S. R. 2013/149 The Attorney General's Human Rights Guidance (State Pathologist's Department) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DOJ)

S. R. 2013/150 The Attorney General's Human Rights Guidance (Forensic Science Northern Ireland) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DOJ)

S. R. 2013/161 The Landfill (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DOE)

S. R. 2013/164 Emergency Grants (Eligible Tenants) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DSD)

S. R. 2013/167 The Social Security (Croatia) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DSD)

For Information Only:

S. R. 2013/145 (C. 10) The Charities (2008 Act) (Commencement No. 4) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DSD)

S. R. 2013/163 The Parking Places (Disabled Persons' Vehicles) (Amendment No. 4) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013 Draft S. R. The Local Government (Statutory Transition Committees) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DOE)

7. Written Ministerial Statements
8. Consultation Documents
9. Departmental Publications

Glen Road Development Framework and Design Compendium (DSD)

Memorandum on the Thirteenth Report from the Public Accounts Committee Mandate 2011-2015 (DFP)

Licensing of Pavement Cafés Bill Regulatory Impact Assessment June 2013 (DSD)

10. Agency Publications

I. I. A. C. Position Paper 30 The Association between Shift Working and Breast Cancer - An Updated Report (DSD)

11. Westminster Publications

Armed Forces Act 2006 c. 52 (Correction)

Welfare Reform Act 2013 c. 5 (Correction)

Civil Aviation Act 2013 c. 19 (Correction)

Financial Services Act 2012 c. 21 (Correction)

Review of the Balance of Competences Internal Market: Free Movement of Persons (DWP)

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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