Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Venue: Assembly Chamber

No. 18-11/12

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

1. Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2. Speaker’s Business

The Speaker made some remarks in relation to the current arrangements on the order of speaking in debates as agreed by the Business Committee.

3. Executive Committee Business

3.1 Statement - Visit to the USA

The First Minister, Rt Hon Peter Robinson, made a statement regarding the Visit to the USA, following which he replied to questions.

3.2 Statement - Review of Health and Social Care Services

The Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Mr Edwin Poots, made a statement regarding the Review of Health and Social Care Services, following which he replied to questions.

4. Private Members’ Business

4.1 Motion: Support for Rural Businesses
Proposed:

That this Assembly recognises the importance of rural businesses to the local economy; and calls on the Executive to increase support for rural businesses and, in particular, to permit them to advertise on public roads and to erect directional signage.

Mr A McQuillan
Mr G Campbell

Debate ensued.

The sitting was suspended at 12.33pm.

The sitting resumed at 2.00pm, with the Principal Deputy 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: Support for Rural Businesses (Cont’d)

Debate resumed on the Motion.

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

6.2 Motion: Relationship between Government and the Community and Voluntary sector
Proposed:

That this Assembly notes the invaluable contribution made by the community and voluntary sector, particularly in assisting the most vulnerable people in society; believes that where the sector provides public services, it is appropriate that it should be adequately funded for this provision and any related overhead costs; and calls upon the Minister for Social Development to ensure that there is an effective working relationship between all Executive Departments and the community and voluntary sector.

Mr M Copeland
Mr R Beggs
Mr J McCallister

Debate ensued.

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

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

7. Adjournment

Mr Barry McElduff spoke to his topic on Broadband access in Greencastle and other parts of West Tyrone.

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 5.44pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
27 September 2011

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
27 September 2011

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

Department for Regional Development Resource Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2011 (DFP)

Public Income and Expenditure Account for the year ended 31 March 2011 (DFP)

5. Assembly Reports

6. Statutory Rules

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

  • S.R. 2011/326 Local Government (Capital Finance and Accounting) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DOE)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

8. Consultation Documents

Consultation on the Equality Scheme for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (OFMDFM)

9. Departmental Publications

10. Agency Publications

11. Westminster Publications

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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