Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2013/2014

Date: Monday, 18 November 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. Matter of the Day

2.1 Violent events in Northern Ireland over the weekend

Mr Gregory Campbell made a statement, under Standing Order 24, in relation to the violent events in Northern Ireland over the weekend. Other Members were also called to speak on the matter.

3. Executive Committee Business

3.1 First Stage – Road Races (Amendment) Bill (NIA 29/11-15)

The Minister for Regional Development, Mr Danny Kennedy, introduced a Bill to amend the Road Races (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 to provide for contingency days to be specified in an order authorising the use of roads in connection with road races and for the substitution of a contingency day for a day specified in such an order.

The Road Races (Amendment) Bill (NIA 29/11-15) passed First Stage and ordered to be printed.

3.2 Motion – The Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Automatic Enrolment) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013

Proposed:

That the Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Automatic Enrolment) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 be approved.

Minister for Social Development

Debate ensued.

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

4. Private Members’ Business

4.1 Motion – Recall of the Civic Forum

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes its decision of 9 April 2013 on the recall of the Civic Forum and the lack of progress to date; further notes that there are over 500 submissions to “Haass/O’Sullivan” from civic organisations, victims groups, individuals and the wider community, and the authority of that input; believes that the Civic Forum can further capture this input, thereby building inclusion and helping to remedy the failures of politics; and calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to recall the Civic Forum by the end of January 2014.

Mr A Attwood
Mrs D Kelly
Mr C Eastwood

Debate ensued.

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

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

5. Question Time

5.1 Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister

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

5.2 Regional Development

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister for Regional Development, Mr Danny Kennedy.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

6. Private Members’ Business (Cont’d)

6.1 Motion – Police Ombudsman's Office

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes the consultation paper from the Department of Justice on the Powers of the Police Ombudsman's Office; and calls on the Minister of Justice to bring forward proposals that will ensure an effective organisation that commands broad public support.

Mr D McIlveen
Mr J Wells
Mr P Givan
Mr J Craig

6.2 Amendment 1

Proposed:

Leave out all after ‘will’ and insert:

‘build on the powers and effectiveness of the organisation, including statutory requirements in relation to the co-operation of current and former police service personnel with the investigations of the Police Ombudsman.’

Mrs D Kelly
Mr A Attwood

6.3 Amendment 2

Proposed:

Leave out all after ‘organisation’ and insert:

‘which is properly resourced and fully independent; and further calls on all members of the public or public authorities with information which would assist investigations by the Police Ombudsman to bring forward that information and co-operate fully with the Office.’

Mr G Kelly
Mr R McCartney
Ms C Ruane

Debate ensued.

The Question being put, Amendment No. 1 fell (Division 2).

The Question being put, Amendment No. 2 fell (Division 3).

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

7. Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 5.46pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
18 November 2013

Northern Ireland Assembly

18 November 2013

Division 1

Motion – Recall of the Civic Forum

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes its decision of 9 April 2013 on the recall of the Civic Forum and the lack of progress to date; further notes that there are over 500 submissions to “Haass/O’Sullivan” from civic organisations, victims groups, individuals and the wider community, and the authority of that input; believes that the Civic Forum can further capture this input, thereby building inclusion and helping to remedy the failures of politics; and calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to recall the Civic Forum by the end of January 2014.

Mr A Attwood
Mrs D Kelly
Mr C Eastwood

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 48
Noes: 45

AYES

Mr Agnew, Mr Attwood, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Byrne, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Dallat, Mr Dickson, Mr Durkan, Mr Eastwood, Dr Farry, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Ford, Mr Hazzard, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Ms Lo, Mr Lynch, Mr Lyttle, Mr McAleer, Mr McCallister, Ms J McCann, Mr McCarthy, Mr McCartney, Ms McCorley, Mr B McCrea, Dr McDonnell, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGlone, Mr M McGuinness, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McKinney, Ms Maeve McLaughlin, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr A Maginness, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Eastwood and Mrs McKevitt

NOES

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Beggs, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Campbell, Mr Clarke, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Frew, Mr Gardiner, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey,Mr Hussey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Mr McCausland, Mr I McCrea, Mr McGimpsey, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McQuillan, Lord Morrow, Mr Moutray, Mr Nesbitt, Mr Newton, Mrs Overend, Mr G Robinson, Mr P Robinson, Mr Ross, Mr Spratt, Mr Storey,Mr Weir, Mr Wells.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr McQuillan and Mr G Robinson

The Motion was carried.

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18 November 2013

Division 2

Motion – Police Ombudsman's Office - Amendment 1

Proposed:

Leave out all after ‘will’ and insert:

‘build on the powers and effectiveness of the organisation, including statutory requirements in relation to the co-operation of current and former police service personnel with the investigations of the Police Ombudsman.’

Mrs D Kelly
Mr A Attwood

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 37
Noes: 54

AYES

Mr Agnew, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Dallat, Mr Durkan, Mr Eastwood, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Hazzard, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer, Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCartney, Ms McCorley, Dr McDonnell, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGlone, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McKinney, Ms Maeve McLaughlin, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr A Maginness, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr McKinney and Mr Rogers

NOES

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Campbell, Mr Clarke, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Dr Farry, Mr Ford, Mr Frew, Mr Gardiner, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lo, Mr Lyttle, Mr McCallister, Mr McCarthy, Mr McCausland, Mr B McCrea, Mr I McCrea, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McQuillan, Lord Morrow, Mr Moutray, Mr Nesbitt, Mr Newton, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Mr G Robinson, Mr P Robinson, Mr Ross, Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Swann, Mr Weir, Mr Wells.

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

The Amendment fell.

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18 November 2013

Division 3

Motion – Police Ombudsman's Office - Amendment 2

Proposed:

Leave out all after ‘organisation’ and insert:

‘which is properly resourced and fully independent; and further calls on all members of the public or public authorities with information which would assist investigations by the Police Ombudsman to bring forward that information and co-operate fully with the Office.’

Mr G Kelly
Mr R McCartney
Ms C Ruane

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 37
Noes: 53

AYES

Mr Agnew, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Dallat, Mr Durkan, Mr Eastwood, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Hazzard, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer, Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCartney, Ms McCorley, Dr McDonnell, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGlone, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McKinney, Ms Maeve McLaughlin, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr A Maginness, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Ayes: Ms Ruane and Mr Sheehan

NOES

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Clarke, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Dr Farry, Mr Ford, Mr Frew, Mr Gardiner, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lo, Mr Lyttle,Mr McCallister, Mr McCarthy, Mr McCausland, Mr B McCrea, Mr I McCrea, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McQuillan, Lord Morrow, Mr Moutray, Mr Nesbitt, Mr Newton, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Mr G Robinson, Mr P Robinson, Mr Ross, Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Swann, Mr Weir, Mr Wells.

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

The Amendment fell.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
13 - 18 November 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

An Inspection of Approved Premises in Northern Ireland November 2013 (DOJ)

Northern Ireland Fishery Authority Report and Accounts year ended 31 March 2012 (DARD)

Northern Ireland Fishery Authority Report and Accounts year ended 31 March 2013 (DARD)

5. Assembly Reports

6. Statutory Rules

S. R. 2013/258 The Pharmacy (1976 Order) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DHSSPS)

S. R. 2013/259 The Health and Personal Social Services (Superannuation Scheme and Additional Voluntary Contributions), Health and Social Care (Pension Scheme) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DHSSPS)

S. R. 2013/260 The Controlled Waste (Seizure of Property) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DOE)

For Information Only:

7. Written Ministerial Statements

Review of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Wider Tourism Structures (DETI)

Creation of a Network of Marine Protected Areas (DOE)

8. Consultation Documents

Consultation on the designation of provisions of EU Regulations No.714/2009 and No.715/2009 as relevant requirements (DETI)

Consultation - Energy - Draft Equality Impact Assessment Extension of the Gas Network to the West and North-West of Northern Ireland November 2013 (DETI)

Call for Evidence on the Review of the Balance of Competencies between the United Kingdom and the European Union Fundamental Rights 21 October 2013 (DSD)

9. Departmental Publications

Northern Ireland Museums Council Annual Report & Financial Statements 2012/2013 (DCAL)

Annual Report and Accounts 2013-13 National Museums Northern Ireland (DCAL)

10. Agency Publications

11. Westminster Publications

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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