Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Tuesday, 14 February 2012

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   The Death of Mr Andrew Allen

Ms Martina Anderson made a statement, under Standing Order 24, in relation to the death of Mr Andrew Allen. Party representatives were also called to speak on the matter.

3.    Assembly Business

3.1   Motion - Suspend Standing Orders 10(2) to 10(4)

Proposed:

That Standing Orders 10(2) to 10(4) be suspended for 13 February 2012.

Mr P Weir
Ms J McCann
Mr J McCallister
Mr P Ramsey
Mr S Dickson

The Question being put, the Motion was carried with cross-community support. Nemine contradicente.

3.2  Motion - Committee Membership

Proposed:

That Ms Sue Ramsey be appointed as a member of the Committee on Procedures; and that Ms Michelle Gildernew be appointed as a member of the Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

Ms J McCann
Mr P Maskey

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

4.    Speaker’s Business

4.1  Public Petition - The exploitation of indigenous fish species, including salmon, where stocks are no longer sustainable.

Mr Robin Swann was granted leave, in accordance with Standing Order 22, to present a Public Petition relating to the exploitation of indigenous fish species, including salmon, where stocks are no longer sustainable.

4.2       Public Petition - Car Parking Scheme in College Park Avenue, Belfast

Mr Conall McDevitt was granted leave, in accordance with Standing Order 22, to present a Public Petition relating to a Car Parking Scheme in College Park Avenue, Belfast.

5.    Executive Committee Business

5.1   Motion - Supply Resolution for the 2011-2012 Spring Supplementary Estimates

Proposed:

That this Assembly approves that a total sum, not exceeding £15,244,040,000, be granted out of the Consolidated Fund for or towards defraying the charges for Northern Ireland Departments, the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission, the Assembly Ombudsman for Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Commissioner for Complaints, the Food Standards Agency, the Northern Ireland Audit Office, the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation and the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland for the year ending 31 March 2012 and that total resources, not exceeding £16,220,944,000, be authorised for use by Northern Ireland Departments, the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission, the Assembly Ombudsman for Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Commissioner for Complaints, the Food Standards Agency, the Northern Ireland Audit Office, the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation and the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland for the year ending 31 March 2012 as summarised for each Department or other public body in Columns 3(c) and 2(c) of Table 1 in the volume of the Northern Ireland Spring Supplementary Estimates 2011-12 that was laid before the Assembly on 6 February 2012.

Minister of Finance and Personnel

Debate ensued on this motion and the motion on the Supply Resolution for the 2012-13 Vote on Account.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair

The debate was suspended for Question Time.

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       Justice

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Justice, Mr David Ford.

7.    Executive Committee Business (Cont’d)

7.1   Motion - Supply Resolution for the 2011-2012 Spring Supplementary Estimates (Cont’d)

Debate resumed on both motions.

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

The Question being put, the Motion was carried with cross-community support.  Nemine contradicente.

7.2  Motion - Supply Resolution for the 2012-2013 Vote on Account

Proposed:

That this Assembly approves that a sum, not exceeding £6,987,469,000, be granted out of the Consolidated Fund on account for or towards defraying the charges for Northern Ireland Departments, the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission, the Assembly Ombudsman for Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Commissioner for Complaints, the Food Standards Agency, the Northern Ireland Audit Office, the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation and the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland for the year ending 31 March 2013 and that resources, not exceeding £7,451,346,000, be authorised, on account, for use by Northern Ireland Departments, the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission, the Assembly Ombudsman for Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Commissioner for Complaints, the Food Standards Agency, the Northern Ireland Audit Office, the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation and the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland for the year ending 31 March 2013 as summarised for each Department or other public body in Columns 4 and 6 of Table 1 in the Vote on Account 2012-13 document that was laid before the Assembly on 6 February 2012.

The Question being put, the Motion was carried with cross-community support. Nemine contradicente. 

7.3  First Stage of the Budget Bill (NIA Bill 4/11-15)

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, introduced a Bill to authorise the issue out of the Consolidated Fund of certain sums for the service of the years ending 31st March 2012 and 2013; to appropriate those sums for specified purposes; to authorise the Department of Finance and Personnel to borrow on the credit of the appropriated sums; to authorise the use for the public service of certain resources for the years ending 31st March 2012 and 2013; and to revise the limits on the use of certain accruing resources in the year ending 31st March 2012.

Bill passed First Stage and ordered to be printed. 

8.    Committee Business

8.1  Motion - Report of the Committee for Finance and Personnel on the Response to the Executive's Review of the Financial Process in Northern Ireland

Proposed:

That this Assembly approves the report of the Committee for Finance and Personnel on the Response to the Executive's Review of the Financial Process in Northern Ireland; and calls on the Minister of Finance and Personnel, in conjunction with relevant Executive colleagues, to implement the recommendations contained therein.

Chairperson, Committee for Finance and Personnel

Debate ensued.

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

9.    Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 6.10pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
13 February 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
8 - 13 February 2012  

1.    Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly

2.    Bills of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Budget Bill (NIA Bill 4/11-15)

3.    Orders in Council

4.    Publications Laid in the Northern Ireland Assembly

South Eastern Education and Library Board Annual Report and Accounts 2010-2011 (DE)

Learning and Skills Provision by the Northern Ireland Prison Service (DOJ)

The Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Records 2010-11 (PRONI/DCAL)

Department of Finance and Personnel - Retention and Disposal Schedule (PRONI/DCAL)

Southern Education and Library Board Annual Report and Accounts 2010-11 (DE)

5.    Assembly Reports

6.    Statutory Rules

  • S.R. 2012/30 The Ballydogherty Road (U5003), Loughgilly (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland0 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R 2012/31 The North Circular Road and Tarry Lane, Lurgan (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/33 The High Hedges (Fee) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2012/34 The Control on Dogs (Non-application to Designated Land) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2012/35 The Environmental Offences (Fixed Penalties) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2012/36 The Statutory Nuisances (Insects) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2012/37 The Statutory Nuisances (Artificial Lighting) (Designation of Relevant Sports) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2012/38 Street Litter Control Notices (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2012/39 The Dog Control Orders (Procedures) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
  • Draft S.R. The High Hedges (Fee Transfer) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)

For Information Only:

  • S.R. 2012/29 The Parking and Waiting Restrictions (Omagh) (No.2) Order (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/32 The Control of Traffic (Belfast) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/40 The Social Security Pensions (Flat Rate Introduction Year) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)
  • Draft S.I.2012 Public Bodies (Abolition of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) Order 2012 (DETI)

 

7.    Written Ministerial Statements

8.    Consultation Documents

Consultation on Proposals to Amend the Scheme for Construction Contracts in Northern Ireland Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 (DFP)

Consultation on the Governance and Accountability of the Public Prosecution Service (DOJ)

9.    Departmental Publications

Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study for the Development of High Level Diagnostic Tools in Irish for Children with Special Educational Needs in the Irish Medium Sector (DE)

10.  Agency Publications

11.  Westminster Publications

12.  Miscellaneous Publications 

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