Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: Monday, 26 November 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. Assembly Business

2.1 Motion - Extension of sitting on Monday 26 November 2012 under SO 10(3A)
Proposed:

That, in accordance with Standing Order 10(3A), the sitting on Monday 26 November 2012 be extended to no later than 8.30pm.

Mr P Weir
Ms C Ruane
Mr R Swann
Mr P Ramsey
Mr S Dickson

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

3. Executive Committee Business

3.1 Statement - Update on Financial Corrections by the European Commission and Departmental Response

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Michelle O’Neill, made a statement regarding an update on Financial Corrections by the European Commission and Departmental Response, following which she replied to questions.

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

3.2 Statement - Northern Ireland Prison Service Outline Estate Strategy

The Minister of Justice, Mr David Ford, made a statement regarding the Northern Ireland Prison Service Outline Estate Strategy, following which he replied to questions.

3.3 Statement - Non-domestic rating: Extending support to business through the rating system

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, made a statement regarding Non-domestic rating: Extending support to business through the rating system, following which he replied to questions.

3.4 Statement - Public Service Pensions Proposals

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, made a statement regarding Public Service Pensions Proposals, following which he replied to questions.

The Speaker took the Chair.

4. Question Time

4.1       Finance and Personnel

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson.

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. Question for Urgent Oral Answer

5.1 Fire at Altnagelvin Hospital

The Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Mr Edwin Poots, responded to a Question for Urgent Oral Answer, tabled by Ms Maeve McLaughlin.

6. Executive Committee Business (Cont’d)

6.1 Statement - Public Service Pensions Proposals (Cont’d)

Questions resumed on the statement.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

7. Committee Business

7.1 Motion - Extension of Committee Stage: Education Bill (NIA 14/11-15)
Proposed:

That, in accordance with Standing Order 33(4), the period referred to in Standing Order 33(2) be extended to 8 April 2013 in relation to the Committee Stage of the Education Bill (NIA 14/11-15).

Chairperson, Committee for Education

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

7.2 Motion - Awareness of Small Business Research Initiative
Proposed:

That this Assembly calls upon the Executive to actively promote and raise awareness and understanding of the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) across the public sector; and further calls upon the Executive to put in place appropriate measures to increase uptake of the SBRI by Departments and the wider public sector to help stimulate and drive innovation, especially in local micro-businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises.

Chairperson, Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment

Debate ensued.

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

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

7.3 Motion - Review into Bovine Tuberculosis
Proposed:

That this Assembly approves the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development's report on its Review into Bovine Tuberculosis; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to bring forward a timetable for implementing the recommendations contained in the report.

Chairperson, Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development

Debate ensued.

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 6.35pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker

26 November 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
21 - 26 November 2012

1. Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly

2. Bills of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse Bill (NIA 7/11-15) (as amended at Consideration Stage) (OFMDFM)

Charities Bill (NIA 11/11-15) (as amended at Consideration Stage) (DSD)

3. Orders in Council

4. Publications Laid in the Northern Ireland Assembly

5. Assembly Reports

Report on Statutory Committee Activity on European Issues NIA 81/11-15 (Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister)

6. Statutory Rules

(The department identified after each rule is for reference purposes only)

  • S.R. 2012/403 Mental Health (Private Hospitals) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DHSSPS)
  • S.R. 2012/416 Cattle Identification (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DARD)
  • S.R. 2012/419 The Legal Advice and Assistance (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOJ)

For Information Only:

  • S.R. 2012/406 (C.40) The Civil Registration (2011 Act) (Commencement No.2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DFP)
  • S.R. 2012/409 The Off-Street Parking (Amendment No.6) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/410 The Roads (Speed Limit) (No.4) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/411 The Control of Traffic (Apsley Street, Belfast) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/412 The Bus Lanes (East Bridge Street and Cromac Street, Belfast) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/418 The Cycle Routes (Amendment No.6) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

8. Consultation Documents

Consultation on Proposals to Amend - The Weights and Measures (Miscellaneous Foods) Order (Northern Ireland) 1989, The Weights and Measures (Miscellaneous Foods) Order (Northern Ireland) 1989 and The Weights and Measures (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 (DETI)

Consultation on Proposed Increases to Contributions for Members of the NI Teachers' Pension Scheme (DE)

Consultation Paper – Apartments (NI Law Commission)

9. Departmental Publications

Libraries NI Annual Report and Accounts 2011-12 (DCAL)

10. Agency Publications

11. Westminster Publications

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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