Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2013/2014

Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Venue: Plenary Chamber

The Assembly met at 10.30am, the Speaker in the Chair.

1. Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2. Public Petition

2.1 Public Petition – Pinewood Residential Care Home

Mr Paul Frew was granted leave, in accordance with Standing Order 22, to present a Public Petition regarding the Pinewood Residential Care Home.

3. Executive Committee Business

3.1 Statement – North South Ministerial Council meeting in Tourism Sectoral Format

The Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Mrs Arlene Foster, made a statement regarding the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Tourism sectoral format, held on 26 June 2013, following which she replied to questions.

3.2 Statement – North South Ministerial Council meeting in Trade and Business Development Sectoral Format

The Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Mrs Arlene Foster, made a statement regarding the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Trade and Business Development sectoral format, held on 26 June 2013, following which she replied to questions.

4. Private Members’ Business

4.1 Motion – Promotion of Equality and Reconciliation

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes with grave concern the violence and disorder over the summer months; deplores the activities of all those who engaged in acts of violence against local communities, elected representatives, and the PSNI; affirms the commitment of all elected representatives to promote a culture of tolerance and reconciliation and to act in a way which promotes mutual respect rather than division; and to work constructively to find long term and sustainable solutions to contentious political issues in the best interests of the communities we serve.

Mr G Kelly
Ms C Ní Chuilín
Mr A Maskey

4.2 Amendment

Proposed:

Insert after 'PSNI':

‘condemns those who damaged community relations by engaging in commemorations glorifying the acts of terrorists;’

Mr R Newton
Mr T Buchanan

Debate ensued.

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

The sitting was suspended at 12.35pm for Question Time.

The sitting resumed at 2.00pm, with the Speaker in the Chair.

5. Question Time

5.1 Agriculture and Rural Development

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Michelle O’Neill.

5.2 Culture, Arts and Leisure

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Ms Carál Ní Chuilín.

6. Private Members’ Business (Cont’d)

6.1 Motion – Promotion of Equality and Reconciliation

Debate resumed on the Motion.

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

The Question being put, the Motion, as amended, was carried (Division 2)

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

6.2 Motion – Compensation Policy

Proposed:

That this Assembly rejects the shift in compensation policy that led to a substantial award following the death of a Real IRA member at the hands of the same organisation; recognises that the change in policy is a significant break from past practice and inconsistent with previous treatment of victims of terrorism and crime; and calls upon the Minister of Justice to intervene immediately to prevent this payment.

Mrs A Foster
Mr P Givan
Mr J Craig

6.3 Amendment 1

Proposed:

Leave out all after ‘Justice’ and insert:

‘to launch a review of compensation policy and reverse this unnecessary, unwanted and offensive policy change.’

Mrs A Foster
Mr P Givan
Mr J Craig

6.4 Amendment 2

Proposed:

Insert after ‘crime’:

‘notes with regret the grave offence which has been caused to many, including and most notably those innocent victims of terrorism, by this award;

Mr T Elliott
Mr R Hussey

Debate ensued.

The Question being put, Amendment No. 1 was carried (Division 3).

The Question being put, Amendment No. 2 was carried (Division 4).

The Question being put, the Motion as amended was carried (Division 5).

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

7. Adjournment

Mr Alex Easton spoke to his topic regarding the state of the road infrastructure, Beechfield and Ashfield Estates, Donaghadee.

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 6.47pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
10 September 2013

Northern Ireland Assembly

10 September 2013

Division 1

Motion – Promotion of Equality and Reconciliation – Amendment 1

Proposed:

Insert after 'PSNI':

‘condemns those who damaged community relations by engaging in commemorations glorifying the acts of terrorists;’

Mr R Newton
Mr T Buchanan

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 65
Noes: 25

AYES

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Attwood, Mr Beggs, Mr Bell, Mr D Bradley, Ms P Bradley, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Byrne, Mr Clarke, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mr Dallat, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Durkan, Mr Easton, Mr Eastwood, Mr Elliott, Dr Farry, Mr Ford, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Gardiner, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Humphrey, Mr Hussey, Mr Irwin, Mrs D Kelly, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lo, Mr Lyttle, Mr McCallister, Mr McCarthy, Mr McCausland, Mr B McCrea, Mr I McCrea, Mr McGimpsey, Mr McGlone, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McQuillan, Mr A Maginness, Lord Morrow, Mr Moutray, Mr Nesbitt, Mr Newton, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Mr P Ramsey, Mr G Robinson, Mr Rogers, Mr Ross, Mr Storey, Mr Swann, Mr Weir.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Buchanan and Mr G Robinson

NOES

Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr Brady, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Hazzard, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer, Mr F McCann, Mr McCartney, Ms McCorley, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McKay, Ms Maeve McLaughlin, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr G Kelly and Ms Ruane.

The following Member voted in both Lobbies and is therefore not counted in the result: Mr Agnew

The amendment was carried.

Northern Ireland Assembly

10 September 2013

Division 2

Motion – Promotion of Equality and Reconciliation

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes with grave concern the violence and disorder over the summer months; deplores the activities of all those who engaged in acts of violence against local communities, elected representatives, and the PSNI; condemns those who damaged community relations by engaging in commemorations glorifying the acts of terrorists; affirms the commitment of all elected representatives to promote a culture of tolerance and reconciliation and to act in a way which promotes mutual respect rather than division; and to work constructively to find long term and sustainable solutions to contentious political issues in the best interests of the communities we serve

The Question, as amended, was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 65
Noes: 25

AYES

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Attwood, Mr Beggs, Mr Bell, Mr D Bradley, Ms P Bradley, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Byrne, Mr Clarke, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mr Dallat, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Durkan, Mr Easton, Mr Eastwood, Mr Elliott, Dr Farry, Mr Ford, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Gardiner, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Humphrey, Mr Hussey, Mr Irwin, Mrs D Kelly, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lo, Mr Lyttle, Mr McCallister, Mr McCarthy, Mr McCausland, Mr B McCrea, Mr I McCrea, Mr McGimpsey, Mr McGlone, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McQuillan, Mr A Maginness, Lord Morrow, Mr Moutray, Mr Nesbitt, Mr Newton, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Mr P Ramsey, Mr G Robinson, Mr Rogers, Mr Ross, Mr Storey, Mr Swann, Mr Weir.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Buchanan and Mr G Robinson

NOES

Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr Brady, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Hazzard, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer, Mr F McCann, Mr McCartney, Ms McCorley, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McKay, Ms Maeve McLaughlin, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr G Kelly and Ms Ruane.

The following Member voted in both Lobbies and is therefore not counted in the result: Mr Agnew

The Motion as amended was carried.

Northern Ireland Assembly

10 September 2013

Division 3

Motion – Compensation Policy – Amendment 1

Proposed:

Leave out all after ‘Justice’ and insert:

‘to launch a review of compensation policy and reverse this unnecessary, unwanted and offensive policy change.’

Mrs A Foster
Mr P Givan
Mr J Craig

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 44
Noes: 40

AYES

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

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Craig and Mr D McIlveen

NOES

Mr Attwood, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Byrne, Mr Dallat, Mr Durkan,Mr Eastwood, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Hazzard, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer, Mr McCallister, Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCartney, Ms McCorley,Mr B McCrea, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGlone, 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, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr Byrne and Ms Ruane.

The following Members voted in both Lobbies and are therefore not counted in the result:
Mr Agnew, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Dickson

The Amendment was carried.

Northern Ireland Assembly

10 September 2013

Division 4

Motion – Compensation Policy – Amendment 2

Proposed:

Insert after ‘crime’:

‘notes with regret the grave offence which has been caused to many, including and most notably those innocent victims of terrorism, by this award;

Mr T Elliott
Mr R Hussey

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 45
Noes: 40

AYES

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Clarke, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Gardiner, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, 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 Poots, Mr G Robinson, Mr Ross, Mr Storey, Mr Swann, Mr Weir, Mr Wells.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Elliott and Mr Hussey

NOES

Mr Attwood, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Byrne, Mr Dallat, Mr Durkan, Mr Eastwood, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Hazzard, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer, Mr McCallister, Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCartney, Ms McCorley, Mr B McCrea, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGlone, 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, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr Byrne and Ms Ruane.

The following Members voted in both Lobbies and are therefore not counted in the result:
Mr Agnew, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Dickson

The Amendment was carried.

Northern Ireland Assembly

10 September 2013

Division 5

Motion – Compensation Policy

Proposed:

That this Assembly rejects the shift in compensation policy that led to a substantial award following the death of a Real IRA member at the hands of the same organisation; recognises that the change in policy is a significant break from past practice and inconsistent with previous treatment of victims of terrorism and crime; notes with regret the grave offence which has been caused to many, including and most notably those innocent victims of terrorism, by this award; and calls upon the Minister of Justice to launch a review of compensation policy and reverse this unnecessary, unwanted and offensive policy change.

The Question, as amended, was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 44
Noes: 39

AYES

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Clarke, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Gardiner, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, 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 Poots, Mr G Robinson, Mr Ross, Mr Storey, Mr Swann, Mr Weir, Mr Wells.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Craig and Mr D McIlveen

NOES

Mr Attwood, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Byrne, Mr Dallat, Mr Durkan, Mr Eastwood, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Hazzard, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer, Mr McCallister, Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCartney, Ms McCorley, Mr B McCrea, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGlone, 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, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr Byrne and Ms Ruane.

The following Members voted in both Lobbies and are therefore not counted in the result:
Mr Agnew, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Dickson

The Motion as amended was carried.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
10 July 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

S. R. 2013/215 The Sea Fish Industry (Harbour and Landing Dues Scheme (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DARD)

For Information Only:

7. Written Ministerial Statements

8. Consultation Documents

9. Departmental Publications

An Inspection of the Accuracy of Court Orders: accuracy, administration and assurance September 2013 (DOJ)

10. Agency Publications

11. Westminster Publications

12. Miscellaneous Publications

Northern Ireland Assembly Legislation:

Stages in Consideration of Public Bills

First Stage : Introduction of Bill.

Second Stage : General debate of the Bill with an opportunity for Members to vote on its general principles.

Committee Stage (Comm. Stage) : Detailed investigation by a Committee which concludes with the publication of a report for consideration by the Assembly.

Consideration Stage (CS) : Consideration by the Assembly of, and an opportunity for Members to vote on, the details of the Bill including amendments proposed to the Bill.

Further Consideration Stage (FCS) : Consideration by the Assembly of, and an opportunity for Members to vote on, further amendments to the Bill.

Final Stage : Passing or rejecting of Bill by the Assembly, without further amendment.

Royal Assent.

Proceedings as at 11 September 2013

2011-2015 Mandate
Executive Bills

Title &
NIA Bill Number

First
Stage

Second Stage

Comm. Stage to Conclude

Report Ordered to be Printed

CS

FCS

Final Stage

Royal Assent

Marine Bill 5/11-15

21.02.12

05.03.12

06.07.12

05.07.12

30.04.13

13.05.13

21.05.13

 

Welfare Reform Bill 13/11-15

01.10.12

09.10.12

19.02.13

14.02.13

 

 

 

 

Education Bill 14/11-15

02.10.12

15.10.12

08.04.13

08.04.13

 

 

 

 

Planning Bill 17/11-15

14.01.13

22.01.13

07.06.13

06.06.13

24.06.13 & 25.06.13

 

 

 

Tobacco Retailers Bill 19/11-15

15.04.13

23.04.13

18.10.13

 

 

 

 

 

Carrier Bags Bill 20/11-15

03.06.13

11.06.13

30.11.13

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Provisions Bill 22/11-15

17.06.13

01.07.13

07.10.13

 

 

 

 

 

Public Service Pensions Bill 23/11-15

17.06.13

25.06.13

01.10.13

 

 

 

 

 

Licensing of Pavement Cafés Bill 24/11-15

17.06.13

25.06.13

01.10.13

 

 

 

 

 

2011-2015 Mandate
Non-Executive Bills

Title &
Bill Number

First
Stage

Second Stage

Comm. Stage to Conclude

Report Ordered to be Printed

CS

FCS

Final Stage

Royal Assent

Road Traffic (Speed Limits) Bill 25/11-15

17.06.13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Further Provisions and Support for Victims) Bill 26/11-15

24.06.13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/ Bill progressing by accelerated passage

** Please note that any bills that received Royal Assent in the previous session have been removed from the table.

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