Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2013/2014

Date: Tuesday, 26 November 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. Private Members’ Business

2.1 Motion - Transfer of Broadcasting Powers

The motion was debated on 25 November 2013. V alid Petitions of Concern were presented under Standing Order 28 on 25 November 2013 in relation to the motion and the amendment. The votes on the motion and the amendment were therefore taken on 26 November 2013 .

Proposed:

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to explore with the Secretary of State the potential for transferring broadcasting powers from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to her Department and for funds for the Irish Language Broadcast Fund and the Ulster Scots Broadcast Fund to be transferred and mainstreamed.

Mr C Ó hOisín
Ms R McCorley
Mr O McMullan

2.2 Amendment

Proposed:

Leave out all after the second ‘Department’ and insert:

‘through the establishment of an independent advisory panel in order to assess the viability of any potential transfer and of the transfer and mainstreaming of the Irish Language Broadcast Fund and the Ulster Scots Broadcast Fund.’

Mrs K McKevitt
Mr D Bradley

The Question being put, the Amendment fell on a cross-community vote (Division 1).

The Question being put, the Motion was negatived on a cross-community vote (Division 2).

3. Executive Committee Business

3.1 Statement - North South Ministerial Council Meeting in Education Sectoral Format

The Minister of Education, Mr John O’Dowd, made a statement regarding the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Education Sectoral Format following which he replied to questions.

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

3.2 Motion – Accelerated Passage: Road Races (Amendment) Bill (NIA 29/11-15)

Proposed:

That the Road Races (Amendment) Bill proceed under the accelerated passage procedure.

Minister for Regional Development

Debate ensued.

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

3.3 Second Stage: Road Races (Amendment) Bill (NIA 29/11-15)

The Minister for Regional Development, Mr Danny Kennedy, moved the Second Stage of the Road Races (Amendment) Bill (NIA 29/11-15).

Debate ensued.

The sitting was suspended at 12.43pm.

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

4. Question Time

4.1 Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister

Questions were put to, and answered by, the deputy First Minister, Mr Martin McGuiness. The junior Minister, Ms Jennifer McCann, also answered a number of questions.

4.2 Employment and Learning

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister for Employment and Learning, Dr Stephen Farry.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

5. Executive Committee Business (Cont’d)

5.1 Second Stage: Road Races (Amendment) Bill (NIA 29/11-15)

Debate resumed on the Bill.

The Road Races (Amendment) Bill (NIA 29/11-15) passed Second Stage without division.

6. Private Members’ Business

6.1 Motion – Review of Decisions of Single Farm Payments

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes, with concern, the rising number of Reviews of Decisions regarding Single Farm Payments; further notes, with concern, the time it takes to process these reviews; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to ensure that her Department adequately resources the processing of the reviews to ensure expeditious outcomes.

Mr D McIlveen
Mr P Frew

Debate ensued.

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

7. Adjournment

Mr Kieran McCarthy spoke to his topic regarding economic development in the Ards Peninsula.

The Speaker took the Chair.

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 5.31pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
26 November 2013

Northern Ireland Assembly

26 November 2013
Division 1

Motion - Transfer of Broadcasting Powers – Amendment (vote on the amendment without further debate)

Proposed:

Leave out all after the second ‘Department’ and insert:

‘through the establishment of an independent advisory panel in order to assess the viability of any potential transfer and of the transfer and mainstreaming of the Irish Language Broadcast Fund and the Ulster Scots Broadcast Fund.’

Mrs K McKevitt
Mr D Bradley

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 44
Noes: 47

AYES

NATIONALIST:

Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, 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 McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr M McGuinness, Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McKinney, Ms Maeve McLaughlin, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr A Maginness, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

UNIONIST:

Mr B McCrea.

OTHER:

Mr Agnew, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Dickson, Mr Ford, Ms Lo, Mr Lunn, Mr McCarthy.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mrs McKevitt and Mr McKinney.

NOES

UNIONIST:

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Beggs, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Campbell, 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 Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, 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 P Robinson, Mr Ross, Mr Spratt, Mr Swann, Mr Weir, Mr Wells.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr Anderson and Mr Clarke.

Total Votes 91 Total Ayes 44 [48.4%]
Nationalist Votes 36 Nationalist Ayes 36 [100.0%]
Unionist Votes 48 Unionist Ayes 1 [2.1%]
Other Votes 7 Other Ayes 7 [100.0%]

The Amendment fell on a cross-community vote.

Northern Ireland Assembly

26 November 2013
Division 2

Motion - Transfer of Broadcasting Powers (vote on the motion without further debate)

Proposed:

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to explore with the Secretary of State the potential for transferring broadcasting powers from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to her Department and for funds for the Irish Language Broadcast Fund and the Ulster Scots Broadcast Fund to be transferred and mainstreamed.

Mr C Ó hOisín
Ms R McCorley
Mr O McMullan

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 36
Noes: 56

AYES

NATIONALIST:

Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, 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 McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr M McGuinness, Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McKinney, Ms Maeve McLaughlin, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr A Maginness, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Ayes: Ms McCorley and Mr Ó hOisín.

NOES

UNIONIST:

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Beggs, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Campbell, 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 Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, 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 Swann, Mr Weir, Mr Wells.

OTHER:

Mr Agnew, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Dickson, Mr Ford, Ms Lo, Mr Lunn, Mr McCarthy.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr Anderson and Mr Clarke.

Total Votes 92 Total Ayes 36 [39.1%]
Nationalist Votes 36 Nationalist Ayes 36 [100.0%]
Unionist Votes 49 Unionist Ayes 0 [0.0%]
Other Votes 7 Other Ayes 0 [0.0%]

The Motion was negatived on a cross-community vote.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
26 November 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

Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals Northern Ireland 2012 (DHSSPS)

5. Assembly Reports

6. Statutory Rules

For Information Only:

S. R. 2013/273 The Parking and Waiting Restrictions (Omagh) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013/274 The Roads (Speed Limit) (No.3) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

8. Consultation Documents

9. Departmental Publications

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 27 November 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

17.09.13

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

09.10.13

 

 

 

 

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

13.12.13

 

 

 

 

 

Public Service Pensions Bill 23/11-15

17.06.13

25.06.13

29.11.13

 

 

 

 

 

Licensing of Pavement Cafés Bill 24/11-15

17.06.13

25.06.13

13.12.13

 

 

 

 

 

Health and Social Care (Amendment) Bill 27/11-15

16.09.13

24.09.13

11.12.13

 

 

 

 

 

Local Government Bill 28/11-15

23.09.13

01.10.13

20.02.14

 

 

 

 

 

Road Races (Amendment) Bill 29/11-15

18.11.13

26.11.13

/

/

 

 

 

 

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

23.09.13 & 24.09.13

11.04.14

 

 

 

 

 

/ 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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