Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: Monday, 20 May 2013

Venue: Assembly 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 Graeme McDowell – World Match Play Golf

Mr Gregory Campbell made a statement, under Standing Order 24, in relation to Graeme McDowell’s World Match Play Golf Success. Other Members were also called to speak on the matter.

3. Private Members’ Business

3.1 Further Consideration Stage: Civil Service (Special Advisers) Bill (NIA 12/11-15)

Mr Jim Allister moved the Further Consideration Stage of the Civil Service (Special Advisers) Bill.

20 amendments were tabled to the Bill.

Debate ensued.

The debate was suspended for Question Time.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took 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 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.

5. Private Members’ Business (Cont’d)

5.1 Further Consideration Stage: Civil Service (Special Advisers) Bill (NIA 12/11-15)

The Speaker took the Chair.

Debate resumed on the Bill.

The debate stood suspended at 6.02pm.

6. Assembly Business

6.1 Motion - Extension of sitting on Monday 20 May 2013 under SO 10(3A)
Proposed:

That, in accordance with Standing Order 10(3A), the sitting on Monday 20 May 2013 be extended to no later than 9.30pm.

Ms C Ruane

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

7. Private Members’ Business (Cont’d)

7.1 Further Consideration Stage: Civil Service (Special Advisers) Bill (NIA 12/11-15)

Debate resumed on the Bill.

After debate, Amendment 1 to clause 2 was made (Division 1).

After debate, Amendment 2 to Clause 2 was negatived (Division 2).

After debate, Amendment 3 to Clause 2 was made (Division 3).

After debate, Amendment 4 to Clause 3 was made (Division 4).

As Amendment 2 was not made, Amendments 5 to 7 were not called

After debate, Amendment 8 to Clause 3 was negatived (Division 5).

After debate, Amendment 9 to Clause 3 was negatived (Division 6).

After debate, Amendment 10 to Clause 3 was negatived (Division 7).

After debate, Amendment 11 to Clause 3 was negatived without division.

After debate, Amendment 12 to Clause 3 was made (Division 8).

After debate, Amendment 13 to Clause 3 was made without division.

After debate, Amendment 14 to Clause 4 was made without division.

After debate, Amendment 15 to Clause 4 was made without division.

After debate, Amendment 16 to Clause 4 was made without division.

After debate, Amendment 17 to Clause 10 was made without division.

As Amendment 2 was not made, Amendment 18 was not called.

After debate, Amendment 19 to Clause 12 was made without division.

As Amendment 2 was not made, Amendment 20 was not called.

Bill NIA 12/11-15 stood referred to the Speaker for consideration in accordance with section 10 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

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

7.2 Motion: Sustainability of Hill Farming
Proposed:

That this Assembly recognises the particular difficulties experienced by hill farmers; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to bring forward additional measures to support the sustainability of farming on lands classified as less favoured areas.

Mr I Milne
Mr O McMullan
Mr D McAleer

7.3 Amendment 1
Proposed:

Leave out all after ‘particular’ and insert:

‘and unique difficulties experienced by hill farmers; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to earmark grant aid support for the improvement of farm buildings and bring forward additional measures to support the sustainability of farming on lands classified as less favoured areas.’

Mr J Byrne
Mr S Rogers

Debate ensued.

The Question being put, the Amendment was made without division.

The Question being put, the Motion, as amended, was carried without division

8. Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 8.49pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker

20 May 2013

Northern Ireland Assembly

20 May 2013

Division No. 1

Clause 2: Special advisers: serious criminal convictions – Amendment 1
Proposed:

In page 1, line 13, leave out "Commissioners" and insert "Department of Finance and Personnel". 

Mr J Allister

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 59
Noes: 40

AYES

Mr Agnew, Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Beggs, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Campbell, Mr Clarke, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Dr Farry, Mr Ford, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Hussey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lo, Mr Lyttle, Mr McCallister, Mr McCarthy, Mr McCausland, Mr B McCrea, Mr I McCrea, Mr McGimpsey, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McNarry, 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, Mr Wilson.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Allister and Mr McNarry

NOES

Mr Attwood, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Byrne, 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, Mr McDevitt, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGlone, Mr M McGuinness, Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt, 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 P Ramsey, Ms S Ramsey, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr Durkan and Mr McCartney

The Amendment was made.

Northern Ireland Assembly

20 May 2013

Division No. 2

Clause 2: Special advisers: serious criminal convictions – Amendment 2
Proposed:

In page 1, leave out subsections (4) and (5).

Mr D Bradley
Mr A Maginness

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 20
Noes: 78

AYES

Mr Agnew, Mr Attwood, Mr D Bradley, Mr Byrne, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Dickson, Mr Durkan, Mr Eastwood, Dr Farry, Mr Ford, Mrs D Kelly, Ms Lo, Mr Lyttle, Mr McCarthy, Mr McDevitt, Mr McGlone, Mrs McKevitt, Mr A Maginness, Mr P Ramsey, Mr Rogers.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Byrne and Mr Durkan

NOES

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Beggs, Mr Bell, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Ms P Bradley, Mr Brady, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Clarke, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hazzard, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Hussey, Mr Irwin, Mr G Kelly, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer, Mr McCallister, Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCartney, Mr McCausland, Ms McCorley, Mr B McCrea, Mr I McCrea, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGimpsey, Mr M McGuinness, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McKay, Ms Maeve McLaughlin, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr McNarry, Mr McQuillan, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Lord Morrow, Mr Moutray, Mr Nesbitt, Mr Newton, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Ms S Ramsey, Mr G Robinson, Mr P Robinson, Mr Ross, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan, Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Swann, Mr Weir, Mr Wells, Mr Wilson.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr Allister and Mr McNarry

The Amendment fell.

Northern Ireland Assembly

20 May 2013

Division No. 3

Clause 2: Special advisers: serious criminal convictions – Amendment 3
Proposed:

In page 1, line 22, leave out "Commissioners" and insert "Department".

Mr J Allister

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 58
Noes: 39

AYES

Mr Agnew, Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Beggs, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Clarke, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Dr Farry, Mr Ford, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Hussey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lo, Mr Lyttle, Mr McCallister, Mr McCarthy, Mr McCausland, Mr B McCrea, Mr I McCrea, Mr McGimpsey, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McNarry, 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, Mr Wilson.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Allister and Mr McNarry

NOES

Mr Attwood, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Byrne, Mr Durkan, Mr Eastwood, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Hazzard, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer, Mr F McCann, Mr McCartney, Ms McCorley, Mr McDevitt, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGlone, Mr M McGuinness, Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt, 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 P Ramsey, Ms S Ramsey, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr Durkan and Mr McCartney

The Amendment was made.

Northern Ireland Assembly

20 May 2013

Division No. 4

Clause 3: Determination of eligibility of special advisers by Commissioners – Amendment 4
Proposed:

In page 2, leave out lines 4 to 11 and insert

"(1) This section applies where an appointment, or proposed appointment, of a person as a special adviser is referred to the Department under section 2(2) or (5).

(2) The Department must, within 14 days of the referral, establish a review panel and refer the matter to it.

(3) The review panel must determine whether the person is eligible for appointment as, or to continue to hold appointment as, a special adviser.

(4) The person is only eligible if the review panel is".

Mr J Allister

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 57
Noes: 39

AYES

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Beggs, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Clarke, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Dr Farry, Mr Ford, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Hussey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lo, Mr Lyttle, Mr McCallister, Mr McCarthy, Mr McCausland, Mr B McCrea, Mr I McCrea, Mr McGimpsey, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McNarry, 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, Mr Wilson.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Allister and Mr McNarry

NOES

Mr Attwood, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Byrne, Mr Durkan, Mr Eastwood, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Hazzard, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer, Mr F McCann, Mr McCartney, Ms McCorley, Mr McDevitt, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGlone, Mr M McGuinness, Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt, 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 P Ramsey, Ms S Ramsey, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr Durkan and Mr McCartney

The Amendment was made.

Northern Ireland Assembly

20 May 2013

Division No. 5

Clause 3: Determination of eligibility of special advisers by Commissioners – Amendment 8
Proposed:

In page 2, line 17, leave out from "contrition" to the end of line 18 and insert

"regret for and acknowledgement of, and accepts the gravity and consequences of, the offence to which the serious criminal conviction relates,". 

Mr D Bradley
Mr A Maginness

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 19
Noes: 77

AYES

Mr Attwood, Mr D Bradley, Mr Byrne, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Dickson, Mr Durkan, Mr Eastwood, Dr Farry, Mr Ford, Mrs D Kelly, Ms Lo, Mr Lyttle, Mr McCarthy, Mr McDevitt, Mr McGlone, Mrs McKevitt, Mr A Maginness, Mr P Ramsey, Mr Rogers.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Byrne and Mr Durkan

NOES

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Beggs, Mr Bell, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Ms P Bradley, Mr Brady, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Clarke, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hazzard, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Hussey, Mr Irwin, Mr G Kelly, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer, Mr McCallister, Mr F McCann, Mr McCartney,   Mr McCausland, Ms McCorley, Mr B McCrea, Mr I McCrea, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGimpsey, Mr M McGuinness, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McKay, Ms Maeve McLaughlin, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr McNarry, Mr McQuillan, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Lord Morrow, Mr Moutray, Mr Nesbitt, Mr Newton, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Ms S Ramsey, Mr G Robinson, Mr P Robinson, Mr Ross,  Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan, Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Swann, Mr Weir, Mr Wells, Mr Wilson.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr Allister and Mr McNarry

The Amendment fell.

Northern Ireland Assembly

20 May 2013

Division No. 6

Clause 3: Determination of eligibility of special advisers by Commissioners – Amendment 9
Proposed:

In page 2, line 19, leave out paragraph (b) and insert

"(b) whether the person has demonstrated, where applicable, a commitment to non-violence and exclusively peaceful and democratic means for political change,".

Mr D Bradley
Mr A Maginness

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 12
Noes: 83

AYES

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

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Byrne and Mr Durkan

NOES

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Beggs, Mr Bell, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Ms P Bradley, Mr Brady, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Clarke, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Ford, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hazzard, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Hussey, Mr Irwin, Mr G Kelly, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lo, Mr Lynch, Mr Lyttle, Mr McAleer, Mr McCallister, Mr F McCann, Mr McCarthy, Mr McCartney, Mr McCausland, Ms McCorley, Mr B McCrea, Mr I McCrea, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGimpsey, Mr M McGuinness, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McKay, Ms Maeve McLaughlin, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr McNarry, Mr McQuillan, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Lord Morrow, Mr Moutray, Mr Nesbitt, Mr Newton, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Ms S Ramsey, Mr G Robinson, Mr P Robinson, Mr Ross, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan, Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Swann, Mr Weir, Mr Wells, Mr Wilson.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr Allister and Mr McNarry

The Amendment fell.

Northern Ireland Assembly

20 May 2013

Division No. 7

Clause 3: Determination of eligibility of special advisers by Commissioners – Amendment 10
Proposed:

In page 2, line 23, at end insert

", in consultation with the Commissioner for Victims and Survivors.".

Mr D Bradley
Mr A Maginness

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 30
Noes: 66

AYES

Mr Attwood, Mr Beggs, Mr D Bradley, Mr Byrne, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Copeland, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson, Mr Durkan, Mr Eastwood, Mr Elliott, Dr Farry, Mr Ford, Mr Hussey, Mrs D Kelly, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lo, Mr Lyttle, Mr McCarthy, Mr McDevitt, Mr McGimpsey, Mr McGlone, Mrs McKevitt, Mr A Maginness, Mr Nesbitt, Mrs Overend, Mr P Ramsey, Mr Rogers, Mr Swann.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Byrne and Mr Durkan

NOES

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Bell, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Ms P Bradley, Mr Brady, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Clarke, Mr Craig, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hazzard, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer, Mr McCallister, Mr F McCann, Mr McCartney, Mr McCausland, Ms McCorley, Mr B McCrea, Mr I McCrea, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr M McGuinness, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McKay, Ms Maeve McLaughlin, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr McNarry, Mr McQuillan, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Lord Morrow, Mr Moutray, Mr Newton, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Mr Poots, Ms S Ramsey, Mr G Robinson, Mr P Robinson, Mr Ross, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan, Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Weir, Mr Wells, Mr Wilson.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr Allister and Mr McNarry

The Amendment fell.

Northern Ireland Assembly

20 May 2013

Division No. 8

Clause 3: Determination of eligibility of special advisers by Commissioners – Amendment 12
Proposed:

In page 2, line 24, leave out "Commissioners" and insert "Department".

Mr J Allister

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 57
Noes: 39

AYES

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Beggs, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Clarke, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Dr Farry, Mr Ford, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Hussey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lo, Mr Lyttle, Mr McCallister, Mr McCarthy, Mr McCausland, Mr B McCrea, Mr I McCrea, Mr McGimpsey, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McNarry, 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, Mr Wilson.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Allister and Mr McNarry

NOES

Mr Attwood, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Byrne, Mr Durkan, Mr Eastwood, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Hazzard, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer, Mr F McCann, Mr McCartney, Ms McCorley, Mr McDevitt, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGlone, Mr M McGuinness, Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt, 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 P Ramsey, Ms S Ramsey, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr Durkan and Mr McCartney

The Amendment was made.

Civil Service (Special Advisers) Bill
Marshalled List of Amendments
Further Consideration Stage
Monday 20 May 2013

Amendments tabled up to Thursday, 16 May 2013 and selected for debate

Amendment 1            [Made on Division]

Clause 2, Page 1, Line 13

Leave out ‘Commissioners’ and insert ‘Department of Finance and Personnel’

Mr Jim Allister

Amendment 2            [Negatived on Division]

Clause 2, Page 1

Leave out subsections (4) and (5)

Mr Dominic Bradley

Mr Alban Maginness

Amendment 3            [Made on Division] 

Clause 2, Page 1, Line 22

Leave out ‘Commissioners’ and insert ‘Department’

Mr Jim Allister

Amendment 4            [Made on Division]

Clause 3, Page 2

Leave out lines 4 to 11 and insert -

‘(1) This section applies where an appointment, or proposed appointment, of a person as a special adviser is referred to the Department under section 2(2) or (5).

(2) The Department must, within 14 days of the referral, establish a review panel and refer the matter to it.

(3) The review panel must determine whether the person is eligible for appointment as, or to continue to hold appointment as, a special adviser.

(4) The person is only eligible if the review panel is’

Mr Jim Allister

Amendment 5            [Not Called]

Clause 3, Page 2, Line 6

Leave out from ‘or’ to end of line 7

Mr Dominic Bradley

Mr Alban Maginness

Amendment 6            [Not Called]

Clause 3, Page 2, Line 9

Leave out ‘, or to continue to hold appointment as,’

Mr Dominic Bradley

Mr Alban Maginness

Amendment 7            [Not Called]

Clause 3, Page 2, Line 11

Leave out ‘, or to continue to hold appointment as,’

Mr Dominic Bradley

Mr Alban Maginness

Amendment 8            [Negatived on Division]

Clause 3, Page 2, Line 17

Leave out from ‘contrition’ to the end of line 18 and insert -

‘regret for and acknowledgement of, and accepts the gravity and consequences of, the offence to which the serious criminal conviction relates,’

Mr Dominic Bradley

Mr Alban Maginness

Amendment 9            [Negatived on Division]

Clause 3, Page 2, Line 19

Leave out paragraph (b) and insert -

‘(b) whether the person has demonstrated, where applicable, a commitment to non-violence and exclusively peaceful and democratic means for political change,’

Mr Dominic Bradley

Mr Alban Maginness

Amendment 10          [Negatived on Division]

Clause 3, Page 2, Line 23

At end insert -

‘, in consultation with the Commissioner for Victims and Survivors.’

Mr Dominic Bradley

Mr Alban Maginness

Amendment 11          [Negatived]

Clause 3, Page 2, Line 23

At end insert -

‘(d) any information which the proposed appointee wishes to submit in writing.’

Mr Dominic Bradley

Mr Alban Maginness

Amendment 12          [Made on Division]

Clause 3, Page 2, Line 24

Leave out ‘Commissioners’ and insert ‘Department’

Mr Jim Allister

Amendment 13          [Made]

Clause 3, Page 2, Line 26

At end insert -

‘(5) The Department must—

(a) appoint independent persons to be members of the review panel,

(b) pay those persons such fees, allowances or expenses as appear appropriate,

(c) provide the review panel with staff, accommodation or other facilities as appear appropriate.

(6) A review panel may regulate its own procedure.

(7) A review panel only remains in existence for so long as is necessary for it to exercise its functions.’

Mr Jim Allister

Amendment 14          [Made]

Clause 4, Page 2, Line 28

Leave out ‘the Commissioners’ and insert ‘a review panel’

Mr Jim Allister

Amendment 15          [Made]

Clause 4, Page 2, Line 32

Leave out ‘Commissioners’ and insert ‘review panel’

Mr Jim Allister

Amendment 16          [Made]

Clause 4, Page 2, Line 34

Leave out ‘Commissioners’ and insert ‘review panel’

Mr Jim Allister

Amendment 17          [Made]

Clause 10, Page 4

Leave out lines 28 and 29

Mr Jim Allister

Amendment 18          [Not Called]

Clause 11, Page 4

Leave out clause 11

Mr Dominic Bradley

Mr Alban Maginness

Amendment 19          [Made]

Clause 12, Page 5, Line 2

Leave out ‘Sections 2(5), 3, 7, 8’ and insert ‘Sections 1, 2(5), 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9’

Mr Jim Allister

Amendment 20          [Not Called]

The Schedule, Page 6

Leave out the Schedule

Mr Dominic Bradley

Mr Alban Maginness

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
15 May – 20 May 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
5. Assembly Reports
6. Statutory Rules

For Information Only:

S. R. 2013/129 The Cycle Routes (Amendment No. 2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013/130 The Roads (Speed Limit) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013/133 The Parking and Waiting Restrictions (Strabane) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013/134 The Road Races (Cairncastle Hill Climb) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013/135 The Cycle Routes (Amendment No. 3) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013/136 The Parking Places on Roads (Londonderry) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013/140 The County Court (Amendment No. 2) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DOJ)

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

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