Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Venue: Assembly Chamber

The Assembly met at 10.30am, the Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) in the Chair.

1.    Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2.    Public Petition

2.1       Public Petition - Unison, Causeway Branch, Petition to Save Acute Services Including Accident and Emergency

Mr Adrian McQuillan was granted leave, in accordance with Standing Order 22, to present a Public Petition relating to the Unison, Causeway Branch, Petition to Save Acute Services Including Accident and Emergency.  

3.    Executive Committee Business

3.1       Statement - Reform of Northern Ireland Credit Unions 

The Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Mrs Arlene Foster, made a statement on the Reform of Northern Ireland Credit Unions, following which she replied to questions.

 4.   Private Members’ Business

4.1       Motion - Foras na Gaeilge Proposed Funding Model

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes with concern the effects that the new funding model proposed by Foras na Gaeilge will have on Irish language organisations; expresses concern about the nature of the consultation process; and calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to review these proposals in view of her Department's emerging Irish Language Strategy.

Mr D Bradley
Mrs K McKevitt
Mr P McGlone

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

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

4.2       Motion - Under-Occupation Penalty

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes with concern the under-occupation penalty provision within proposed Welfare Reform legislation which has the potential to make many people homeless; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to outline the measures that he intends to put in place to mitigate the impact of this provision.

Mr F McCann
Mr A Maskey
Mr M Brady

Debate ensued.

The sitting was suspended at 12.30pm.

The sitting resumed at 2.00pm with the Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) in the Chair.

5.    Question Time

5.1       Social Development

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister for Social Development, Mr Nelson McCausland.

5.2       Justice  

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

6.    Private Members’ Business (Cont’d)

6.1       Motion - Under-Occupation Penalty (Cont’d)

Debate resumed on the Motion.

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

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

7.    Adjournment

Mr Chris Hazzard spoke to his topic on the environmental impact of the ongoing neglect of Ballyhornan/Bishopscourt, Co. Down.  

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 4.34pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
22 May 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
22 May 2012

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

Legislative Consent Memorandum Financial Services Bill (DETI)

5.    Assembly Reports

6.    Statutory Rules

For Information Only:

  • S.R. 2012/193 The Cycle Routes (Amendment No.2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/204 The Road Races (Mid-Antrim 150) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/205 The Road Races (Cairncastle Hill Climb) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/206 The Road Races (Bush, Dungannon) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)

7.    Written Ministerial Statements

8.    Consultation Documents

9.    Departmental Publications

Research into Improving Attendance in Schools Serving Deprived Areas (DE)

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 21 MAY 2012

2011-2015 Mandate
Executive Bills

Title &
Bill Number

First
Stage

Second Stage

Comm. Stage to Conclude

Report Ordered to be Printed

CS

FCS

Final Stage

Royal Assent

/Budget (No. 2) Bill NIA Bill 1/11-15

13.06.11

20.06.11

N/A

N/A

21.06.11

27.06.11

27.06.11

25.07.11

/Rates (Amendment) Bill NIA Bill 2/11-15

16.01.12

24.01.12

N/A

N/A

31.01.12

06.02.12

07.02.12

28.02.12

Pensions Bill NIA Bill 3/11-15

23.01.12

31.01.12

13.03.12

08.03.12

27.03.12

24.04.12

08.05.12

 

/Budget Bill NIA Bill 4/11-15

13.02.12

14.02.12

N/A

N/A

20.02.12

21.02.12

27.02.12

20.03.12

Marine Bill NIA Bill 5/11-15

21.02.12

05.03.12

06.07.12

 

 

 

 

 

Superannuation Bill 6/11-15

12.03.12

26.03.12

28.09.12

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/ Bill progressing by accelerated passage

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