List of Motions and Proposed Amendments

A no day named motion is the term given to a motion for which no date has been fixed for debate.

PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS

Creation of a Hall of Fame

That this Assembly welcomes the efforts of the Ulster History Circle and the Ulster Sports Museum Association to create a Hall of Fame to celebrate the world class achievements of local people from across the community in all walks of life; and calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to explore how her Department can help to create a Hall of Fame on a sustainable basis as an inspiration to present and future generations.

[Mr D Kinahan]
[Mr R Swann]
[02 September 2013]

Referendum on Membership of the EU

That this Assembly welcomes the publication of the Draft European Union (Referendum) Bill, and in particular, the commitment to any referendum on membership of the EU before 31 December 2017; and calls on the Executive to examine areas in which it may be preferable to claw back powers and secure further opt outs from European legislation.

[Mr M Nesbitt]
[Mr R Swann]
[02 September 2013]

Allowing Teachers the Time to Teach

That this Assembly recognises the crucial role that teachers play in the education of young people; and calls on the Minister of Education to review the multiplicity of departmental guidelines currently in existence, discard those which are not considered vital, and group those remaining so that they link together more coherently.

[Mr D Kinahan]
[Mrs J Dobson]
[02 September 2013]

Ability to Remove Under-Performing Teachers

That this Assembly recognises the significant contribution which teachers make to a young person’s learning; accepts that, in a small number of cases, the standard of teaching is not up to the expected levels; expresses concern that, in such instances, schools are often powerless to act; and calls on the Minister of Education, in addition to ensuring that employers are made aware of the shortcomings of under-performing educators who wish to remain in the school system, to review the powers currently available for school leaders to remove teachers who, after appropriate support and retraining, continue to under-perform.

[Mr D Kinahan]
[Mrs J Dobson]
[02 September 2013]

Changes to A-levels

That this Assembly notes the changes recently announced to A-levels; further notes the statement from the Secretary of State for Education that it will be difficult to maintain comparable standards when the content and structures of these qualifications diverge across England, Wales and Northern Ireland; expresses concern at the fragmentation of such a significant component of the United Kingdom’s educational system; and calls on the Minister of Education to work with the Executive and Her Majesty’s Government to ensure that local educational qualifications do not become of lesser value when applying for higher education places and job opportunities.

[Mr D Kinahan]
[Mrs J Dobson]
[02 September 2013]

Social Housing Construction Targets

That this Assembly expresses its concern that the Social Housing Development Programme for 2012/13 to 2014/15 proposes the construction of 4,600 new social homes; acknowledges previous findings of the Net Stock Model which indicated the need for 1,900 new homes to be built each year in addition to another 600 to bridge shortfalls from previous years; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to review the situation urgently and to detail how he will limit the impact of the continuing housing shortfall on the social housing waiting list, the level of homelessness, and the provision of adequate social housing for some of the most socially disadvantaged and vulnerable residents.

[Mr M Copeland]
[02 September 2013]

Adopting an Area-Based Approach for the Warm Homes Scheme

That this Assembly notes the valuable contribution of the Warm Homes Scheme in making homes warmer, healthier and more energy efficient, and the important role the Scheme plays in tackling the fuel poverty crisis; further notes the success of the Kirklees Warm Zone Scheme which used an area-based approach and was able to assist many more homes with much fewer resources; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to commission a study into whether a similar area-based approach could be adopted for the operation of the Warm Homes Scheme in Northern Ireland.

[Mr M Copeland]
[Mr S Agnew]
[02 September 2013]

Energy Performance Certificates

That this Assembly notes the successful introduction of Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) in 2008; further notes the benefit of cost-effective recommendations on how to improve further the energy performance of buildings and the subsequent reduction in energy bills; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to investigate the feasibility of making it mandatory for properties, with a reasonable expectation of habitation, to meet a minimum EPC rating determined by the Department.

[Mr M Copeland]
[02 September 2013]

Retention of Special Needs Management Allowance

That this Assembly notes that the Special Needs Management Allowance reflects the extra costs of providing care and services for some of Northern Ireland’s most vulnerable housing association tenants; accepts that if the payment is removed it could have significant consequences for the hundreds of people who are living relatively independently because of the allowance; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to acknowledge that significant concerns remain over the original review and that, until these issues can be resolved, the Allowance should remain in place.

[Mr M Copeland]
[02 September 2013]

Continuing High Rates of Fuel Poverty

That this Assembly notes the publication of the latest Home Energy Conservation Authority annual report; further notes that the percentage of households in fuel poverty has only been reduced from 44 percent to 42 percent; acknowledges the work of projects such as the Warm Homes Scheme, the Boiler Replacement Scheme and the efforts to promote the installation of double glazing; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to explore other opportunities, such as smart metering and energy brokering, in order to tackle what remains an unacceptable level of fuel poverty across Northern Ireland.

[Mr M Copeland]
[02 September 2013]

Abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board

That this Assembly notes that the National Minimum Wage covers issues such as the minimum rate of pay, sick pay, employee holiday entitlement and could be applied to the agriculture sector; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board.

[Mrs J Dobson]
[Mr R Swann]
[02 September 2013]

Action to Eradicate Bovine Tuberculosis

That this Assembly recognises the proven role which badgers play in the spread of bovine tuberculosis; notes that if additional progress is to be made in eradicating this disease, genuine partnership working between the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and farmers is essential; accepts that inaction is no longer an option, as has been displayed by the decisive actions taken in England and the Republic of Ireland; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to provide an update on the Wildlife Intervention Programme and to detail when she anticipates rolling out the plan to test, vaccinate and release badgers.

[Mrs J Dobson]
[Mr R Swann]
[02 September 2013]

European School Milk Subsidy Scheme

That this Assembly notes that the purpose of the European School Milk Subsidy Scheme is to maintain, or increase, the consumption of milk products by school children and, ultimately, to encourage continued consumption through later stages in life; further notes that the Scheme enables Education and Library Boards to provide milk to pupils at a reduced price; expresses concern at the relatively low level of awareness and uptake of the Scheme; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to work closely with the Minister of Education to review the Scheme and develop an action plan to increase the involvement of schools and children.

[Mrs J Dobson]
[Mr R Swann]
[02 September 2013]

Relocation of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Headquarters

That this Assembly notes the proposed relocation of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development headquarters as outlined in the 2011-2015 Budget Spending and Savings Proposals; agrees that public sector jobs should be spread equally across all areas of Northern Ireland; expresses concern at the proposed level of expenditure on the project in the current budgetary circumstances; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to ensure that her Department investigates all available options, including reviewing suitable publicly-owned vacant properties, before committing to the construction of new headquarters.

[Mrs J Dobson]
[Mr R Swann]
[02 September 2013]

Avoidable Delay within the Criminal Justice System

That this Assembly expresses its concern at the level of avoidable delay in the criminal justice system; notes the findings of the Criminal Justice Inspection Progress Report of January 2012 that the situation is worsening in some instances; recognises the negative implications of avoidable delay for many victims and witnesses, as well as for cost effectiveness; and calls on the Minister of Justice to outline specifically how organisations within the criminal justice system are reforming their case management processes.

[Mr T Elliott]
[Mr R Hussey]
[02 September 2013]

Funding for Pipe Bands

That this Assembly recognises the role which pipe bands play socially, culturally and economically; notes the various successes which our pipe bands have had in previous years; further notes the importance of adequate government research and support in this field; and calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to work with the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to increase funding for pipe bands and maximise the tourism potential for the benefit of the local economy.

[Mr R Swann]
[Mrs S Overend]
[Mr M McGimpsey]
[02 September 2013]

Genealogical Tourism

That this Assembly notes the vast number of globally celebrated people with Ulster Scots connections; recognises the potential of genealogical tourism for Ulster Scots in Northern Ireland; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to work with the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to use the Ulster Scots language, heritage and culture to promote Northern Ireland as a tourist destination, particularly in Scotland and America.

[Mrs S Overend]
[Mr M McGimpsey]
[Mr R Swann]
[02 September 2013]

Review of Financial Process

That this Assembly agrees that sufficient scrutiny of the financial process is fundamentally important in the accountability for public spending; recognises the work done by the previous Committee for Finance and Personnel in its Budget Scrutiny Inquiry; and calls on the Minister of Finance and Personnel to outline why there has been an unacceptable delay in reforming the financial process and to take immediate action to drive this reform forward.

[Mr L Cree]
[Mrs S Overend]
[02 September 2013]

Renaming of Play Park in Newry

That this Assembly condemns the actions of those who voted to uphold the decision to grant the application for the renaming of a play park in Patrick Street, Newry as the Raymond McCreesh Park; and stands with those victims and the local community who have expressed their outrage at this proposal to use a children’s facility in an attempt to commemorate a former terrorist.

[Mr D Kennedy]
[Mr R Swann]
[02 September 2013]

Security of Electricity Supply

That this Assembly notes the publication of the All-Island Generation Capacity Statement 2013-2022 by the System Operators Northern Ireland and EirGrid; expresses concern at the fragility of the projected electricity availability and at the lack of specific schemes to improve the security of supply to homes and businesses in Northern Ireland; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to outline the action being taken to provide long term security of supply.

[Mr R Beggs]
[Mrs S Overend]
[02 September 2013]

Review of Access to Finance for NI Businesses

That this Assembly recognises that the issue of accessing credit is a major concern for business, particularly small and medium sized enterprises; notes the publication of the report by the Economic Advisory Group entitled a Review of Access to Finance for NI Businesses; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail how they are acting on the relevant recommendations contained in the report.

[Mrs S Overend]
[Mr R Swann]
[Mr D Kinahan]
[02 September 2013]

MLA's Insurance Policy

That this Assembly, following the case of O’Loan v Givan and others, notes the terms of the combined Employer’s and Public Liability insurance policy which covers all MLAs; expresses concern that libel or slander falls under the definition of personal injury within this policy and covers an MLA at all times when speaking in that capacity; and calls on the Assembly Commission to review the current insurance policy to ensure that a policy is in place which affords the taxpayer value for money and encourages MLAs to act responsibly.

[Mr T Elliott]
[Mr L Cree]
[02 September 2013]

Ambiguity over Job Creation Targets and Performance

That this Assembly notes the report by the Northern Ireland Audit Office in March 2012 entitled ‘InvestNI: a performance review’; further notes the evidence taken by the Public Accounts Committee in February 2013 from officials representing InvestNI and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and the subsequent recommendations by the Public Accounts Committee; recognises that the lack of openness and transparency surrounding job creation targets and performance has been particularly unhelpful in the current economic climate; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to address the ambiguity in relation to the number of jobs created.

[Mrs S Overend]
[Mr R Swann]
[02 September 2013]

Smart-Metering Technology

That this Assembly notes the twin benefits of smart-metering technology in meeting carbon reduction targets and tackling fuel poverty; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to integrate the use of this technology into the wider energy strategy.

[Mr C Lyttle]
[Ms A Lo]
[Mr K McCarthy]
[Mr T Lunn]
[02 September 2013]

Strategy on Youth Participation in Sport

That this Assembly notes the annual number of deaths as a result of obesity-related illnesses and the opportunities to reduce long-term health costs by investing in sport; further notes that sport participation rates in Northern Ireland are among the lowest in the United Kingdom and Ireland; and calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to develop a cross-departmental strategy, which highlights key targets and performance indicators, to increase youth participation in sport.

[Mr C Lyttle]
[Ms A Lo]
[Mr K McCarthy]
[Mrs J Cochrane]
[02 September 2013]

Licensing and Regulation of Experiments on Animals

That this Assembly notes that it has been the practice to adopt Home Office policy on the licensing and regulation of experiments on animals; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to develop a separate policy on the matter to secure positive change for animals in laboratories.

[Mr C Lyttle]
[Ms A Lo]
[Mr K McCarthy]
[02 September 2013]

Funding for Public Transport

That this Assembly notes with concern our society’s overdependence on the private car; recognises the social, economic and environmental benefits of good quality and affordable public transport; acknowledges that the current level of investment in sustainable transport is inadequate; and calls on the Minister for Regional Development to rebalance his Department’s budget to bring about a modal shift towards the use of sustainable means of transportation.

[Mr S Dickson]
[Ms A Lo]
[Mrs J Cochrane]
[Mr C Lyttle]
[02 September 2013]

Petitions of Concern

That this Assembly notes with concern the increasingly frequent use of the Petition of Concern mechanism; and calls on the Assembly and Executive Review Committee to consider this matter as part of its ongoing work.

[Ms A Lo]
[Mr C Lyttle]
[Mr S Dickson]
[02 September 2013]

Public Petition Procedures

That this Assembly calls on the Committee on Procedures to undertake a review of the public petition procedures and to give consideration to the introduction of a more formal process similar to those used in other legislatures in the UK and Ireland.

[Mr C Lyttle]
[Mr S Dickson]
[02 September 2013]

Flying of Flags by District Councils

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of the Environment to bring forward proposals, to be included as part of the enabling legislation for the Review of Public Administration, to provide a standardised policy on the flying of flags by District Councils.

[Ms A Lo]
[Mr T Lunn]
[Mr S Dickson]
[Mr C Lyttle]
[02 September 2013]

Independent Environment Protection Agency

That this Assembly recognises that a high standard of environmental governance is beneficial for the welfare of society; notes that Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK and Ireland which does not have an independent environmental protection agency; concurs with the 2004 Macrory and 2007 Burke reports which recommended the establishment of an independent environmental protection agency; and calls on the Executive to establish a fully independent and well-resourced environmental protection agency which corresponds with the recommendations of these reports.

[Mr S Agnew]
[02 September 2013]

Banning of Wild Animals in Circuses

That this Assembly recognizes that the unnatural performance and tight confinement of animals in circuses is cruel, morally wrong and detrimental to animal welfare; agrees with the intention of the Westminster government to introduce a ban on the use of wild non-domesticated animals in circuses in England; believes that the Executive ought to support efforts to free these islands of the cruel use of animals in circuses; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to introduce and ensure appropriate enforcement of a strict ban on the use of wild non-domesticated animals in circuses.

[Mr S Agnew]
[Mr J Wells]
[Mr R Newton]
[02 September 2013]

Kangaroo Care

That this Assembly recognises that kangaroo care, including skin-to-skin contact, offers benefits for all babies and, in particular, preterm and low birth weight infants who experience more normalised temperatures, heart rates, respiratory rates and increased weight gain when this approach is used; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to introduce a policy for all maternity units to promote, where practicable, kangaroo care for a baby by its mother, or other carer, as soon as possible after birth.

[Mr S Agnew]
[02 September 2013]

Retail Planning Policy

That this Assembly notes with concern the closure of over 1000 small shops in 2011 and the prediction by the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association of a doubling in the number of closures in 2012/13; recognises the negative impact that out-of-town retail stores can have on the viability of town centres and on increased shop vacancy rates; and calls on the Minister of the Environment to introduce and implement, as a matter of urgency, an effective Retail Planning Policy, building upon draft Planning Policy Statement 5.

[Mr S Agnew]
[02 September 2013]

Alcohol and Entertainment Licensing

That this Assembly believes that the licensing laws determining the permissible hours for the sale of alcohol and the provision of entertainment are too restrictive; notes that Northern Ireland has one of the earliest closing times in Europe for venues serving alcohol and providing night-time entertainment; recognises the benefits that extending the opening times of such venues would bring to the night-time economy and to tourism, at a time when Government support is required; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to amend the present regulations to give bars and nightclubs the flexibility to remain open later.

[Mr S Agnew]
[02 September 2013]

Genetically Modified Organisms

That this Assembly acknowledges the public concerns associated with the proliferation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs); notes that the health and environmental impacts of GMOs and their potential to spread are unpredictable; recognises that the proliferation of GMOs risks depriving farmers of control over their seeds and would transfer significant power from local farmers to multinational agri-companies; expresses concern that the introduction of GMOs into agriculture may threaten our clean, green image and be detrimental to our ability to export; further recognises that many GMOs have pesticides embedded or that their use has resulted in an increase in the use of herbicides; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to establish Northern Ireland as a GMO-free zone by outlawing the farming of genetically modified plants, animals and organisms.

[Mr S Agnew]
[02 September 2013]

Call for a Civic Conversation

That this Assembly calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister, in conjunction with the Secretary of State, to initiate a civic conversation involving politicians and citizens in a time bound process to review and recommend reforms to the Belfast Agreement, to address unresolved issues from the Belfast Agreement including a shared future strategy, a bill of rights and a civic forum as well as proposed changes to the outworkings of the Agreement including a voluntary coalition, reduction in the numbers of MLAs and the removal of community designation.

[Mr S Agnew]
[02 September 2013]

Northern Ireland Climate Change Legislation

That this Assembly acknowledges the economic opportunities afforded by, inter alia, renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency measures, decentralised energy generation, local food markets and the development and support of public transport; and calls on the Minister of the Environment to urgently introduce legislation to ensure that Northern Ireland contributes its fair share of emissions reductions to help stabilise the world's climate.

[Mr S Agnew]
[Ms A Lo]
[02 September 2013]

Extending the Time Allowed for Debates

That this Assembly calls on the Business Committee to consider extending the time allocated to private members’ motions in the Assembly to allow broader representation of members wishing to speak, including smaller parties, independents and backbenchers from larger parties.

[Mr S Agnew]
[02 September 2013]

Chair of the Public Accounts Committee

That this Assembly, in keeping with standard practice elsewhere, calls for the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee to be filled by an MLA from outside the Government parties.

[Mr S Agnew]
[02 September 2013]

Abolition of the Parades Commission

That this Assembly believes that the Parades Commission has not achieved its objectives, has contributed to damaging community relations and has become part of the problem rather than part of the solution; and further believes that the abolition of the Parades Commission is an essential part of finding a solution to the issue of parading.

[Mr D McIlveen]
[Mr P Weir]
[Mr S Anderson]
[Mr W Humphrey]
[02 September 2013]

Littering in Parks

That this Assembly notes with concern the levels of littering in parks, open places and beaches; and calls on the Minister of the Environment to tackle this problem by encouraging customers to return containers while ensuring that those who litter are adequately penalised through fines.

[Mr D McIlveen]
[Mr P Weir]
[02 September 2013]

Educational Inequality

That this Assembly believes that socio-economic factors should not have a role in a child's education; believes it is unacceptable that, in many cases, a household's wealth is an influencing factor in a child's expected educational attainment; and calls on the Minister of Education to collate existing policies and bring forward new proposals in a single, realistic and fairly funded strategy that will begin to tackle educational inequality and the range of problems that it causes.

[Mr D Kinahan]
[Mrs J Dobson]
[02 September 2013]

Assessment of Mental Health Conditions under the Welfare Reform Bill

That this Assembly notes the concerns of the All Party Group on Mental Health that the proposed Welfare Reform Bill may have specific and significant impact on people with mental health problems; believes that it should be a right under the proposed changes to have independent support and advice during every stage of the process assessment, reassessment and appeal; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to ensure that any assessment of mental health conditions are carried out by people with specific training in this area.

[Ms S Ramsey]
[Mr S Agnew] [R]
[Mr M Copeland]
[Ms P Bradley]
[Mr C Lyttle]
[Mr J McCallister]
[02 September 2013]

Post Primary Transfer Process

That this Assembly notes that a solution to the post primary transfer process has not been found; further notes that a one size fits all educational system will not work; believes that it is becoming increasingly unacceptable that, every year, thousands of young people are sitting unregulated transfer tests and that primary schools are placed in the difficult position of mediating between parental demand and Department of Education policies; further believes that the ongoing politicking of the issue does not address the seriousness of the matter; and calls on the Minister of Education to convene talks with all the major parties in order to build consensus and agree a way forward on the issue.

[Mr D Kinahan]
[Mrs J Dobson]
[02 September 2013]

Area Planning

That this Assembly expresses serious concern about the ongoing area planning process; notes that the Minister of Education is forcing the process ahead before the establishment of the Education and Skills Authority; further notes that the current process places no formal recognition or promotion of greater sharing between sectors; believes that decisions made now will determine the shape of the education system for many years to come; and calls on the Minister of Education to suspend the current area planning process until there is clarity on the future strategic management of schools and a long term vision for education in Northern Ireland is decided upon.

[Mr D Kinahan]
[Mrs J Dobson]
[02 September 2013]

Future of the Dickson Plan

That this Assembly opposes the decision of the Southern Education and Library Board (SELB) members on 26th June 2013 to effectively end the Dickson model of education in the Craigavon and Tandragee areas; notes that, in reaching the decision, the Board disregarded the overwhelming level of local support for retaining the existing model; believes the decision was politically motivated; and calls on the Minister of Education to detail any involvement, directly or indirectly, that he may have had on the issue in advance of the SELB vote.

[Mr D Kinahan]
[Mrs J Dobson]
[02 September 2013]

Induction Year for Newly Qualified Teachers

That this Assembly notes Professor Gerry McCormac's report 'Advancing Professionalism in Teaching' which reviewed the Teachers' Agreement in Scotland, in particular the recommendation that the guaranteed induction year for newly qualified teachers should continue; welcomes the Scottish Government's confirmation that the arrangement will remain; and calls on the Minister of Education to introduce a similar arrangement.

[Mr M Storey]
[Miss M McIlveen]
[Mr J Craig]
[Mrs B Hale]
[02 September 2013]

Financial Management of Schools

That this Assembly notes that school leaders are best placed to identify and react to their own local circumstances; supports schools being given greater autonomy over their day to day administration; welcomes Recommendation 3 in the Review of the Common Funding Scheme; and calls on the Minister of Education to bring forward the legislative, or procedural changes required to allow schools, which are prepared to assume the accompanying management responsibilities, to adopt the systems of financial management operated for voluntary grammar and grant maintained integrated schools

[Mr D Kinahan]
[Mrs J Dobson]
[02 September 2013]

Victims and Survivors

That this Assembly notes the Victims and Survivors (Northern Ireland) Bill 2013-14 being brought forward at Westminster; endorses the proposals to include victims and survivors as a specified group for the purposes of the equality duty under section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act and to provide clear guidance on a definition of a victim of the troubles; and urges all parties at Westminster to support this Private Members' Bill.

[Mr P Weir]
[Mr P Givan]
[Mr S Moutray]
[02 September 2013]

Country of Origin Labelling

That this Assembly notes that, at present, there is no general requirement to include the country of origin on the labelling and packaging of fresh meat from pigs, sheep, goats, poultry and dairy products; expresses concern that this allows products comprised entirely of ingredients sourced from outside the United Kingdom to be marketed to consumers as British; further notes that consumer confidence was severely impacted upon by the horsemeat scandal; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to urge the European Commission to accelerate the preparation and introduction of the rules contained in EU Regulation 1169/2011 and ensure that dairy products are also included in the final regulation.

[Mr R Swann]
[Mrs J Dobson]
[02 September 2013]

Sow Stall Ban

That this Assembly notes that in 2001 the Pigs Directive was agreed which, among other things, banned the sow stall from 1 January 2013; further notes that in the United Kingdom the use of such methods has been banned since 1999; expresses concern that recently published data from the European Commission reveals that only 13 Member States are fully compliant with the Directive; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to engage with the European Commission to ensure that the current unfair competition between compliant and non-compliant countries is brought to an end and that consumers are no longer unwittingly buying and consuming illegally produced meat products.

[Mrs J Dobson]
[Mr R Swann]
[02 September 2013]

Rural Crime

That this Assembly notes that rural crime remains a significant problem; believes that, whilst recent figures have indicated that the financial costs have fallen over the last year, they represent a decline from what was already an exceptionally high level; further notes that incidences of rural crime, such as livestock rustling and machinery theft are becoming increasingly common in certain areas; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Minister of Justice to work together to develop a lasting strategy to tackle the problem.

[Mrs J Dobson]
[Mr R Swann]
[02 September 2013]

Regulation of Animal Sanctuaries and Rescue Centres

That this assembly notes that the licensing of pet shops, animal boarding, riding and zoological establishments is regulated by the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 1972; recognises that the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 and the Dogs Amendment Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 strengthened animal welfare and enforcement policies; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to bring forward proposals to regulate animal sanctuaries and rescue centres to ensure that they are licensed and operate in a manner similar to that already in place for other establishments.

[Mrs J Dobson]
[Mr R Swann]
[02 September 2013]

National Parks

That this Assembly notes previous efforts to introduce national parks legislation in Northern Ireland and that the Mournes, the Causeway Coast and Antrim Glens and the Fermanagh Lakelands have all been identified as areas for designation; accepts that all four areas already have environmental protected status, and that there is significant opposition from local residents to the potential of designated status; and calls on the Minister of the Environment to direct his Department’s priorities away from introducing national parks legislation to increasing the tourism and service potential of these areas.

[Mr T Elliott]
[02 September 2013]

Environmental Allowance for Prison Officers

That this Assembly recognises the difficult conditions in which prison officers in the Northern Ireland Prison Service work and the resulting significant additional challenges for these individuals and their families; believes that these prison officers should have access to an environmental allowance as is the case for police officers within the Police Service of Northern Ireland; and calls on the Minister of Justice to ensure that this allowance is reinstated for members of the Prison Service.

[Mr T Elliott]
[Mr R Hussey]
[02 September 2013]

Export Strategy

That this Assembly notes the current economic strategy which supports a commitment to strengthening our competitiveness through a focus on export-led economic growth; recognises the importance of increasing exports, particularly to new and emerging markets, to promote growth within the economy; expresses concern at InvestNI's performance against its overall export target of 20%; further notes that the targets contained in the Economic Strategy to raise exports by 60 percent by 2014/15 is from a very small base; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to continue to work to increase opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises involvement in exporting as well as diversification into new markets.

[Mrs S Overend]
[Mr R Swann]
[02 September 2013]

Development of Maze/Long Kesh Site

That this Assembly calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to publicly support the advancement of the £300 million development of the Maze/Long Kesh site contributing around 5,000 jobs and to outline the next steps in this process.

[Mr M Nesbitt]
[Mr L Cree]
[02 September 2013]

Encouraging Innovation

That this Assembly recognises that improvements have been made in the area of innovation, such as the recently announced Innovation Growth Centre in Omagh; notes that Northern Ireland had the lowest number of patents applied for, and granted, in any UK region for 2010 and 2011; further notes the finding of a Nesta poll which showed that 56 per cent of Northern Ireland business leaders invested either none, or less than one per cent, of their business revenue in innovation in the last financial year; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to bring forward the Innovation Strategy for consultation as soon as possible to encourage more firms to innovate.

[Mrs S Overend]
[Mr R Swann]
[02 September 2013]

Internet Safety Strategy

That this Assembly calls on the Executive, led by the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister, to develop an Internet Safety Strategy for children and their parents designed to improve and strengthen safeguarding in the online world.

[Mrs S Overend]
[02 September 2013]

Mobile Telecommunication Infrastructure

That this Assembly notes the increasing importance of mobile telecommunication in Northern Ireland; welcomes the improvements that have been made to the infrastructure in recent years; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to continue to press the Government and industry to invest in mobile telecommunication infrastructure.

[Mr R Newton]
[Mr S Moutray]
[Mr P Frew]
[Mr G Dunne]
[02 September 2013]

North Coast Transport Infrastructure

That this Assembly calls upon the Minister for Regional Development to invest in the transport infrastructure at, and leading to, the North Coast to assist the commercial, commuter and tourist sectors of the economy.

[Mr G Robinson]
[Mr J Spratt]
[Mr G Campbell]
[Mr A McQuillan]
[02 September 2013]

Road and Water Infrastructure at Shackleton

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Regional Development to expedite the adoption process for the road and water infrastructure at the former Ministry of Defence base at Shackleton, and other former Ministry of Defence bases.

[Mr G Robinson]
[Mr J Spratt]
[Mr G Campbell]
[Mr A McQuillan]
[02 September 2013]

Residential Care Homes for Older People

That this Assembly expresses concern at the distress experienced by some older people arising from the fear of imminent and wholesale closure of statutory residential homes following trust proposals in Spring 2013; welcomes the intervention by the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to halt the proposals and initiate a new regional process; notes the publication on 21st August of the Project Initiation Document on Improving Services for Older People and that its primary focus will be on improving the quality of care provision for older people and there will be engagement with the Patient Client Council, the Commissioner for Older People and Age NI and other appropriate voluntary/community sector groups; encourages the replication of good practice from the positive examples of how such transition has been managed in recent years to the satisfaction of all involved; supports independence for older people with a range of options being available for them; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to ensure that the new process is simple and transparent with open, honest dialogue with residents, families and staff, and that the Health and Social Care Board is held to its commitment that no older person will be forced from their home.

[Mr J Wells]
[Ms P Bradley]
[02 September 2013]

Integrated Education

That this Assembly agrees that integrated and mixed education make a considerable contribution to both educational outcomes and to building a shared future; notes the wider financial and social benefits of integrated education; believes there should be a target of educating 20% of children in integrated education and 40% of children in mixed education by 2020; and calls for the introduction of an Integrated and Shared Education Bill to facilitate this.

[Mr T Lunn]
[Mrs J Cochrane]
[Mr C Lyttle]
[02 September 2013]

Reform of the Executive in Northern Ireland

That this Assembly believes that, from the next mandate onwards, Executives in Northern Ireland should be formed by voluntary negotiation between parties as happens, subject to a weighted majority, as happens elsewhere on these isles, and calls for the composition of the Executive and the contents of a programme for government to be voted on by this Assembly in a weighted vote and an opposition formed of those parties not in the Executive.

[Mr S Dickson]
[Mr C Lyttle]
[Ms A Lo]
[02 September 2013]

Review of Public Administration

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of the Environment to introduce immediately the legislation needed to reform local government.

[Ms A Lo]
[Mr S Dickson]
[Mrs J Cochrane]
[02 September 2013]

Small Businesses

That this Assembly believes that small businesses represent a core sector of the economy; notes that 99.9% of all businesses in Northern Ireland are small businesses and that collectively they provide employment for around 347,000 people; further believes that a balance should be struck between attracting foreign investment and developing local businesses; and calls for a strategy focussed on supporting small businesses which could include issues such as improving access to finance, supporting the redevelopment of local shopping districts, raising exports from small business and promoting the development of innovative new businesses in key sectors of the economy.

[Mr T Lunn]
[Mrs J Cochrane]
[02 September 2013]

Fracking

That this Assembly believes, given the evidence currently available, there should be a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing until the environmental impact of it elsewhere in the world can be ascertained; and that resources should be directed towards renewable sources of energy.

[Ms A Lo]
[Mr K McCarthy]
[Mr S Dickson]
[02 September 2013]

Improving Access to Shared Sports Facilities

That this Assembly recognises the health and legacy benefits of promoting grass roots sports facilities; acknowledges that improved sharing of sports facilities would promote community relations, as well as providing better value for money; and calls on the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure along with the Minister of the Environment to conduct an audit of sports facilities and identify ways of promoting increased sharing of facilities across the whole community.

[Ms A Lo]
[Mr C Lyttle]
[Mr T Lunn]
[02 September 2013]

Child Care

That this Assembly notes current plans for a Welfare Reform Bill similar to that given assent for in Great Britain on 7 March 2012; recognises the assumptions contained within that Bill concerning the funding of child care are radically different in Northern Ireland from Great Britain; and calls on the Minister for Social Development as an immediate priority to work with Executive colleagues to bring forward a strategy aimed specifically at reducing the cost of child care for working parents.

[Mr T Lunn]
[Mrs J Cochrane]
[Mr C Lyttle]
[02 September 2013]

Rule of Law

That this Assembly condemns outright the violence associated with parades and flag disputes over the summer; places blame for that violence directly with the perpetrators of the violence; commends officers of the Police Service of Northern Ireland for defending the Rule of Law; and calls on all parties in the Assembly to commit to holding their own Ministers to account for operating by the word and spirit of the Ministerial Code, including the requirement to uphold the Rule of Law and support the Police Service of Northern Ireland at all times and without exception.

[Mr T Lunn]
[Mr S Dickson]
[Mr C Lyttle]
[02 September 2013]

Traders

That this Assembly recognises the damage done to traders and the wider economy by parades-associated riots; calls on all political parties to condemn without equivocation those who carried out the violence and those who called on them to do so; and further calls for political and civic leadership from all sides to stop the notification of parades and protests which are clearly aimed at provocation.

[Mr T Lunn]
[Mrs J Cochrane]
[Mr K McCarthy]
[02 September 2013]

Paediatric Cardiac Surgery (Not to be selected for debate before 7 October 2013)

That this Assembly commends the congenital cardiac services provided by the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust; recognises the challenges that the low numbers of operations being performed each year and the difficulty in recruiting key staff will place on the longer-term viability of a high-quality stand-alone paediatric cardiac surgery unit in Belfast; notes the Health and Social Care Board’s April 2013 Identification of a Preferred Option document and its reference that a joint Belfast and Dublin model “was not pursued further pending any change in the ROI position to include decisions at a Ministerial level”; and calls upon the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to work closely with his counterpart in the Irish Republic to explore how greater co-operation could ensure an acceptable service for these children and their families.

[Mr J Wells]
[Ms P Bradley]
[03 September 2013]

Autism

That this Assembly reviews its commitment to families who care for loved ones with Autism, taking into account the daily mental, physical and financial stress that affects these families.

[Mr D McIlveen]
[Ms P Bradley]
[Mrs P Cameron]
[03 September 2013]

Efficient Benefits Administration System

That this Assembly notes, with concern, the continuing problems, and often lengthy delays, in claiming tax credits, faced by those people, who live locally but work, or have recently worked, across the border; and calls on HMRC, the Department for Social Development and the Department for Social Protection to work together to put in place an efficient benefits administration system, which removes unnecessary complications and delays, meets the needs of our citizens and overcomes some of the barriers to all-island mobility.

[Mr P Flanagan]
[Mr M Brady]
[Mr B McElduff]
[03 September 2013]

Opportunities of the Internet for Retailers

That this Assembly notes that many independent retailers view the internet as a potential threat to their business; further notes that many local businesses have enjoyed significant success by embracing the opportunities offered by an online marketing and retail presence; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, in conjunction with Invest NI, InterTrade Ireland and agencies such as Log-On NI, to roll out training, advice and support to local retailers to encourage them to maximise the opportunities of e-commerce and to protect our strong independent retail sector from further decline.

[Mr P Flanagan]
[Ms S Ramsey]
[Ms M McLaughlin]
[03 September 2013]

All-Island Freshwater Fishing Licences

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to work with the Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources to put in place all-island freshwater fishing licences for both game and coarse fishing, in order to maximise the potential of angling tourism.

[Mr C Ó hOisín]
[Mr O McMullan]
[Ms R McCorley]
[03 September 2013]

Support for Young and Aspiring Musicians

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to provide additional support for young and aspiring musicians, singers and bands; and recognises the employment and social opportunities this will generate.

[Mr C Ó hOisín]
[Mr O McMullan]
[Ms R McCorley]
[03 September 2013]

North West 200

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Regional Development to meet with the organisers of the North West 200 to develop proposals on how his Department can be more flexible with the Road Closure Order to ensure that the North West 200 remains our top international road race.

[Mr C Ó hOisín]
[Mr S Lynch]
[Mr D McAleer]
[Mr O McMullan]
[03 September 2013]

Protection of Employment Rights for those Impacted by Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Social Development to conduct a review of how the employment rights of those employees of companies carrying out maintenance contracts for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, will be protected under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations.

[Mr A Maskey]
[Mr F McCann]
[Mr M Brady]
[03 September 2013]

Bullying in Schools

That this Assembly acknowledges the negative impacts of bullying in schools; recognises the increase in cyber bullying and the endemic nature of homophobic bullying in schools; notes that bullying is linked to an increased risk of isolation, depression, self harm and suicidal ideation among young people; and calls on the Minister of Education to acknowledge the particular issue of homophobic bullying, to develop immediately a comprehensive and wide ranging anti-bullying action plan and to begin a programme of work with schools to make them safe and welcoming environments for all young people.

[Mr S Rogers]
[Mrs D Kelly]
[10 September 2013]

Donations to Political Parties (Revised Wording)

That this Assembly believes that donations to political parties, of above £7,500 in any 12 month period, should be transparent; and calls on the Secretary of State to bring Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the UK, and to open to public access and scrutiny the register of donors to parties in Northern Ireland.

[Mr S Agnew]
[12 September 2013]

Electronic Voting in the Chamber

That this Assembly notes the length of time that MLAs spend voting during plenary sessions; and calls on the Committee on Procedures to investigate the options for, and to bring forward proposals on, electronic voting in the chamber.

[Mr S Agnew]
[25 September 2013]

Energy Prices

That this Assembly notes with concern the recent rises in energy prices, which are part of a longer-term trend towards higher costs of energy; further notes that this is a significant determinant in the levels of fuel poverty; calls on the Executive to ensure a balanced mix of energy provision, including energy from renewable sources, to ensure that the price of energy remains consistent in the future; further calls for concerted action to invest in energy efficiency measures, such as the Green New Deal, to reduce energy use overall; and to explore how to enable households to manage the purchase of home heating oil more effectively.

[Ms A Lo]
[Mr S Dickson]
[26 September 2013]

Religious Imbalance in Students Attending Regional Colleges

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Employment and Learning to bring forward a programme to address the imbalance in the number of Protestants and Catholics attending Regional Colleges.

[Mr A Easton]
[Mr M Storey]
[Mr T Buchanan]
[30 September 2013]

Improving Cycling Conditions and Infrastructure

That this Assembly recognises the potential that cycling has to improve public health and wellbeing; welcomes the setting up of a cycling unit within the Department for Regional Development; and calls on the Minister for Regional Development to increase the amount of money spent on cycling, make public transport more accommodating of cyclists, and improve cycling safety in rural and urban areas through the provision of better infrastructure.

[Mr S Lynch]
[Mr C Ó hOisín]
[Mr O McMullan]
[Mr D McKay]
[02 October 2013]

Future of Ballee Community High School

That this Assembly notes with concern the recent publication of the development proposal by the North Eastern Education and Library Board to close Ballee Community High School; believes that the proposal is premature and ill-advised; further notes that it has been taken before any final decision has been made on the future of post primary education provision in the Ballymena area arising from the Area Based Planning process; and calls on the Minister of Education to ensure that the departmental policy of putting pupils first is met by taking forward the recommendations contained in 'A Better Way'.

[Mr R Swann]
[02 October 2013]

Commissioner for Victims and Survivors' Ability to Represent Innocent Victims of Terrorism

That this Assembly supports the definition of terrorism contained within the Terrorism Act 2000; notes with concern the Commissioner for Victims and Survivors' failure to say that members of organisations which engaged in activities defined as terrorism under the law, namely the IRA and the UVF, were terrorists; believes that the Commissioner's failure in this regard has fatally undermined her ability to represent innocent victims; and calls on her consider her position.

[Mr J Allister]
[Mr D McNarry]
[03 October 2013]

Severe Weather Response

That this Assembly acknowledges the work of the Health and Social Care Board and of the emergency services in responding to severe weather episodes; recognises the increasing frequency of the occurrance of severe weather episodes and the devastating impact this can have on homes and businesses which are vulnerable to flooding and being cut off from vital services in heavy snowfall; believes that the best state of preparedness and means of minimising the impact of severe weather would involve a system which responds to these episodes; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to introduce a cold weather alert system similar to that which operates in England.

[Mr F McKinney]
[08 October 2013]

Zero-Hour Contracts

That this Assembly expresses concern at the rise in the number of ‘zero-hour’ contracts; calls on the business community to ensure a fair and equitable working environment for those workers; and further calls on the Minister for Employment and Learning to bring forward statutory guidance outlining the legal position of ‘zero-hour’ or ‘casual’ workers in relation to sick pay, holiday pay and bonuses.

[Mr P Ramsey]
[Mrs D Kelly]
[08 October 2013]

Future of Conditional Management Programmes

That this Assembly recognises the vital support provided through Conditional Management Programmes for people with health conditions who require specialised help to better manage their conditions and enable them to return to, and be sustained in, employment, training or education; notes with concern that funding for this initiative is due to end in March 2014; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and the Minister for Employment and Learning to work collaboratively to ensure that this unique multi-disciplinary service continues.

[Mr R Beggs]
[Mr R Swann]
[09 October 2013]

Concern Over School Development Proposals

That this Assembly notes with concern the widespread criticism of the current process around the formation of school Development Proposals; recognises that whilst the proposer of a Development Proposal is obliged to first consult with the parents of pupils, teachers and the Board of Governors, the standard and professionalism of consultation varies significantly across proposals; believes that the intervening period between a Development Proposal being sent to the Department of Education for consideration and a final decision being taken is often a very challenging period for the schools concerned; and calls on the Minister of Education to review the current procedures and detail the impact that the current Area Planning process has had on the drafting and decision of recent Development Proposals.

[Mr D Kinahan]
[Mrs J Dobson]
[09 October 2013]

Removal of Illegal Republican Terrorist Roadside Monuments

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Regional Development to remove the 18 illegal Republican terrorist roadside monuments.

[Mr A Easton]
[Mr P Girvan]
[Mr D McIlveen]
[Mr P Weir]
[15 October 2013]

Public Health Agency Report on Organ Donation

That this Assembly notes the report published by the Public Health Agency on Organ Donation - Public Attitudes and Stakeholder Engagement in Northern Ireland 2013; expresses concern at the lack of public awareness of the existing Organ Donor Register; and, whilst recognising the efforts of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to increase the levels of organ donation, calls for an extensive public awareness campaign to ensure that more people across Northern Ireland are aware of the Register and discuss the issue with their families.

[Mr A Ross]
[Mr G Dunne]
[16 October 2013]

GAA Grounds and Trophies

That this Assembly notes the recent conflicting comments by influential personnel within the GAA regarding the naming of grounds and trophies after dead republican terrorists; and calls on the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure to engage with the GAA to ensure that the progress made by the organisation in expanding its acceptability to all sections of the community is built upon and that no sporting bodies are tarnished by being associated with support for terrorism.

[Mr I McCrea]
[Mr G Campbell]
[Mr J Wells]
[24 October 2013]

PSNI Employment Advertising

That this Assembly calls for all posts within the PSNI to be openly advertised in compliance with employment equality law; and further calls for an end to the practice of rehiring retired police officers into civilian posts in order to create a fully accountable and representative policing service.

[Mr G Kelly]
[Mr R McCartney]
[Ms M Boyle]
[14 November 2013]

Review of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board

That this Assembly welcomes the forthcoming review of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board; acknowledges the positive impact that Tourism Ireland has made in promoting the island of Ireland as a visitor destination; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to include the provision for assessing the potential benefits of greater harmonisation and integration in terms of the development and promotion of the tourism sector on the island of Ireland, within the terms of reference for the forthcoming review.

[Ms M McLaughlin]
[Mr P Flanagan]
[Mr M McLaughlin]
[21 November 2013]

Multiple Deprivation Indicators

That this Assembly recognises that the current Multiple Deprivation Indicators do not accurately identify the extent of poverty and deprivation in rural areas and calls on the Minister of Finance and Personnel to review this urgently.

[Mr O McMullan]
[Mr D McAleer]
[Mr I Milne]
[Mr D McKay]
[21 November 2013]

BBC Panorama Documentary regarding the British Army's Military Reaction Force

That this Assembly notes with concern the allegations, detailed in the BBC Panorama documentary, that the British Army's Military Reaction Force deliberately shot and killed civilians; acknowledges the dignity displayed by those wounded and the families of those murdered; and calls for an independent investigation to be carried out to establish the truth.

[Mr M McLaughlin]
[Ms R McCorley]
[Mr G Kelly]
[25 November 2013]

Children's Budgeting

That this Assembly supports the introduction of Children's Budgeting.

[Mr C Lyttle]
[Mrs J Cochrane]
[28 November 2013]

Irish-medium Education

That this Assembly recognises that the needs of the Irish-medium sector should be considered early in the policy development process to avoid it being a bolt-on to policies which suit only the English-medium sector; and calls on the Minister of Education to establish a departmental Irish language unit which will ensure that Irish-medium education is considered systemically throughout the policy development process.

[Mr D Bradley]
[Mr S Rogers]
[Mrs K McKevitt]
[03 December 2013]

David Healy MBE

That this Assembly recognises the outstanding contribution made by David Healy MBE to sport in Northern Ireland, his record 36 goals for his country and his outstanding achievement as the highest scorer in the group stages of the UEFA European Championships; and calls on the Speaker to invite Mr Healy to Parliament Buildings for a presentation to recognise his outstanding sporting achievements.

[Mr J Wells]
[Mr G Robinson]
[Mr W Humphrey]
[09 December 2013]

Illegal Settlements in Palestine

That this Assembly recognises that fundamental human rights and international law should be acknowledged and adhered to by states and corporations; commits to upholding human rights and ethical trading standards; welcomes the decision of the United Nations to grant non-member observer status to Palestine; condemns illegal Isreali settlements on Palestinian land; and resolves, insofar as legislative considerations permit, to resist any action that gives political or economic support to the State of Israel.

[Mr C Eastwood]
[Mr P Ramsey]
[07 January 2014]

Coastal Erosion and Sea Defences

That this Assembly recognises the risk to life and property due to the coastal erosion and inadequate sea defences in some parts of Northern Ireland; commends the work of the emergency services and the voluntary sector in alleviating the effects of flooding at the end of 2013 and start of 2014; calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to strengthen and implement plans to improve sea defences and further calls on the Executive to increase investment in the infrastructure for flood defences to help prevent problems arising in the future.

[Mr K McCarthy]
[Mr S Dickson]
[07 January 2014]

Flu-related Teacher Absence

That this Assembly notes that an average of 13,162 work days per year were lost amongst the teaching profession as a result of flu-related illnesses the last three academic years; expresses concern about the financial and educational impact of this flu-related teacher absence; and calls on the Minister of Education and the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to determine the cost of instituting a standardised flu vaccination programme for teachers and the potential savings which would result.

[Mrs J Cochrane]
[Mr K McCarthy]
[Mr T Lunn]
[14 January 2014]

Guidance on Registering Children for Pre-school

That this Assembly recognises the value of providing accurate and current guidance for parents who wish to register their children for pre-school, noting the need for such information to be freely accessible and imparted at the earliest relevant opportunity; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, in conjunction with the Minister of Education, to incorporate the delivery of pre-school registration guidance into the latter stages of the post-natal care package provided to new mothers.

[Mrs J Cochrane]
[Mr K McCarthy]
[14 January 2014]

Standardised Assessment System for all Primary School Pupils

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Education to implement a robust, effective and credible standardised assessment system for all primary school pupils.

[Mr M Storey]
[Mr J Craig]
[Mr R Newton]
[Mr S Moutray]
[20 January 2014]

Pedestrian Casualties as a Result of Road Accidents

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of the Environment to take action to reduce the number of pedestrian casualties as a result of road accidents; and to initiate a campaign directed at pedestrians to help them stay safe, including highlighting the life changing after-effects which may result from collisions.

[Mr G Robinson]
[Mrs P Cameron]
[20 January 2014]

Town Centre Car Parking Initiatives

That this Assembly acknowledges the difficulties being experienced by local businesses in provincial towns, in spite of improvements elsewhere in the economy; and calls on the Minister for Regional Development to build on and develop the town centre car parking initiatives he introduced during the Christmas and New Year period and to work with local councils to achieve agreed car parking outcomes for the benefit of shoppers and businesses in towns across Northern Ireland.

[Mr S Anderson]
[Mr S Moutray]
[Mr J Wells]
[20 January 2014]

Commemorating the Centenary of the Great War

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to provide funding for events and initiatives aimed at commemorating the centenary of the Great War.

[Mr S Moutray]
[Miss M McIlveen]
[Mr S Anderson]
[20 January 2014]

Unhealthy Snack Choices at Supermarket Checkout Areas

That this Assembly calls on local supermarkets to help to reduce the increasing incidence of childhood obesity and diabetes by removing unhealthy snack choices from their checkouts.

[Mrs P Cameron]
[Mr J Wells]
[03 February 2014]

Increased Enrolments in Popular Schools

That this Assembly expresses its concern at the decision by the Minister of Education to allow for increases in the enrolments of popular schools, as it undermines decisions which should be rightly left to the Area Based Planning process and casts a shadow over the long-term sustainability of those schools which are currently not under any threat; and believes that the Minister should not have embarked on this policy without having clear answers to the many issues which such a policy faces.

[Mr S Wilson]
[Mr M Storey]
[Mr J Craig]
[Mr S Moutray]
[04 February 2014]

South Eastern Education and Library Board

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Education to reinstate the South Eastern Education and Library Board.

[Mr A Easton]
[Mr M Storey]
[04 February 2014]

Wellbeing as a Measure of Economic Performance and Social Progress

That this Assembly welcomes the publication of the Carnegie UK Trust's report entitled 'Measuring Wellbeing in Northern Ireland'; notes the increasing use by many governments of the concept of wellbeing to measure economic performance and social progress; and calls on the Minister of Finance and Personnel to develop a wellbeing-based approach to measuring outcomes as part of his public sector reform agenda.

[Mr A Ross]
[Mr P Girvan]
[Mr P Weir]
[Mr I McCrea]
[04 February 2014]

Foras na Gaeilge

That this assembly notes the introduction of a new funding model by Foras na Gaeilge which establishes six lead Dublin based Irish language organisations; and calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to develop a mechanism and associated protocols to ensure that the highly skilled and experienced local Irish language organisations are included in the funding and work of the appropriate lead organisations.

[Mr D Bradley]
[Mrs K McKevitt]
[Mr P McGlone]
[11 February 2014]

Electric Shock Collars on Dogs

That this Assembly recognises the findings of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs funded research into the use of electric shock collars on dogs which demonstrated that electric shock collars can cause negative behavioural and physiological changes in dogs; notes that positive training tools help to build a relationship of mutual trust and liking between owner and dog rather than a relationship based on fear and pain; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to implement a ban on electric shock collars to stop unnecessary pain and distress to dogs, as is the case in Wales.

[Mr S Agnew]
[Mr J Wells]
[11 February 2014]

Promotion of STEM Subjects

That this Assembly acknowledges the need for a more robust focus on attainment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and degrees, in order to provide young people and businesses with the necessary skills base to excel in this time of global competition; notes with concern that science does not have sufficient prominence on the primary school curriculum; and calls on the Executive to adopt a collective strategic approach to improving and increasing the uptake in STEM subjects.

[Mr S Rogers]
[Mr P Ramsey]
[Mrs K McKevitt]
[18 February 2014]

Financial Aid for Fishing Industry

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to bring forward, as a matter of urgency, a financial aid package to assist the local fishing industry which is suffering hardship as a result of the sustained bad weather.

[Miss M McIlveen]
[Mr P Frew]
[Mr W Irwin]
[Mr T Buchanan]
[25 February 2014]

Postal Charges

That this Assembly expresses concern at the continuing existence of barriers to greater north-south economic development; fully recognises the importance of a reliable, affordable and effective postal delivery service, particularly to micro and small businesses; further expresses concern at the significant additional cost and time taken to deliver post across the border; calls for all companies and agencies involved in postal delivery to introduce a single pricing structure for mail being delivered anywhere on the island of Ireland; and further calls for the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to raise this matter at a forthcoming meeting of the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) in Trade and Business Development sectoral format and to use the NSMC to exert maximum pressure on the above companies and agencies.

[Mr P Flanagan]
[Ms M Fearon]
[Mr M McLaughlin]
[25 February 2014]

Collapse of Hyde Park Murder Trial

That this Assembly expresses its shock and distress over the revelations causing the collapse of the Hyde Park murder trial; calls for the immediate and full disclosure of arrangements made by HM Government with Irish Republican terrorist groups outside the Belfast Agreement; and further calls for an urgent full public inquiry into the agreement entered into with Sinn Fein by the then Secretary of State Peter Hain MP as referred to by him in media interviews on and following Tuesday 25 February 2014.

[Mr D McNarry]
[26 February 2014]

Single Region Designation under Common Agricultural Policy Reform

That this Assembly recognises and supports the designation of its jurisdiction as a single region under Common Agricultural Policy reform.

[Mr O McMullan]
[Mr D McAleer]
[Mr C Ó hOisín]
[11 March 2014]

Performing Arts Framework for People with Disabilities or Special Needs

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure to develop a performing arts framework for people with disabilities or special needs, and to work with the Department for Employment and Learning and the Department of Education to develop this framework.

[Ms R McCorley]
[Mr C Ó hOisín]
[Mr O McMullan]
[11 March 2014]

Recognition for Centenarians

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Finance and Personnel to investigate the possibility of introducing a monetary recognition for Northern Ireland's centenarians.

[Mr S Douglas]
[Mr R Newton]
[24 March 2014]

Injustices Suffered by People Affected by Thalidomide

That this Assembly recognises the injustices suffered by those detrimentally affected by thalidomide and praises their courage and resilience; and calls on all MLAs to support a demand that the manufacturer Grünenthal provides a proper, full and sincere apology and compensates thalidomide victims.

[Mr F McKinney]
[Mr C Lyttle]
[Mr J Wells]
[Ms M McLaughlin]
[Mrs J Dobson]
[Mr J McCallister]
[Mr S Agnew]
[Mr D McNarry]
[Mr J Allister]
[25 March 2014]

Reinstatement of the Agri-Food Loan Scheme

That this Assembly notes the disappointment and surprise of the Agri-Food Sector in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment's inability to initiate and allocate the funding that resulted in £10 million being returned to the Department of Finance and Personnel; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to urgently reinstate the Agri-Food Loan Scheme.

[Mr D McAleer]
[Mr I Milne]
[Mr O McMullan]
[25 March 2014]

Living Wage

That this Assembly notes with concern the reports published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, indicating that there are workers being paid less than the living wage; further notes with concern that this has a disproportionate impact on young people, women and part time workers; acknowledges that as the cost of living continues to rise, that living within their income is a growing challenge for many people in society; calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to bring forward a detailed action plan for creating jobs that pay on or above the living wage; and further calls on the Executive to encourage employers to use socially and morally responsible terms of employment and to provide continuous professional development for their staff.

[Mr P Flanagan]
[Ms M Fearon]
[Mr D McKay]
[25 March 2014]

Rail Services between Belfast City Centre and Belfast International Airport

That this Assembly expresses its concern at the lack of competitiveness and availability of rail services between Belfast city centre and Belfast International Airport; calls on the Minister for Regional Development to investigate all options for remedial action including the re-introduction of the Lisburn to Antrim rail link; and further calls on the Minister for Regional Development to review the current pricing strategy for the Airport Express 300 Service.

[Mr P Girvan]
[Mr T Clarke]
[Mr J Craig]
[Mr P Givan]
[27 March 2014]

Vehicle Registration and Licensing Services

That this Assembly condemns the recent decision by the Department for Transport (DFT) to remove Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) jobs locally and cease the delivery of vehicle registration and licensing services to local motorists by the DVA; notes the negative impact this will have on local employment, service delivery and the wider economy; further notes the disgraceful way that the DFT treated employees of the Department of the Environment and the DVA in terms of the announcement on Thursday 13 March 2014; and calls for the devolution of all local vehicle registration and licensing functions, that are not currently transferred, to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

[Mr C Boylan]
[Mr C Ó hOisín]
[Mr B McElduff]
[31 March 2014]

Delay in Processing Planning Applications

That this Assembly expresses concern with the delayed processing of a large number of planning applications that are specialist in nature and are not part of the fast track system; considers that the areas causing greatest concern and delaying decisions being taken are administrative in nature, including a failure to acknowledge correspondence such as further information submissions and the lack of direction by the Department of the Environment Planning Service in using this information when issuing consultations; and calls on the Minister of the Environment to investigate this major issue and report back to the Northern Ireland Assembly with his findings.

[Mr P Frew]
[Mrs P Cameron]
[02 April 2014]

Heavy Goods Vehicle Levy

That this Assembly expresses concern at the implications of the Heavy Goods Vehicle Levy being introduced by the Department for Transport; notes with concern the deeply negative impact that this levy would have on hauliers based in border areas and on island-wide trade, which generates £2.3 billion for the island, with the larger return to the local economy; further notes that the additional levy would increase costs to local consumers; and calls on the Executive to exert maximum influence on the British government to ensure that the local road system is exempt from this levy.

[Mr P Flanagan]
[Mr C Boylan]
[Ms M Fearon]
[Mr B McElduff]
[03 April 2014]

Tackling Educational Inequality

That this Assembly recognises the crucial role that schools, parents and local communities play in encouraging education and enabling children and young people to reach their full potential; notes the dangers of continuing educational underachievement and inequalities; further notes the recent changes to the Common Funding Scheme that was meant to tackle this inequality but which instead reduced resources from the majority of schools; and calls on the Minister of Education to drop his previous proposals and introduce a stand alone pupil bonus scheme whereby schools would receive additional money based on how many pupils qualify for free school meals or on local levels of deprivation based on information contained in Super Output Areas.

[Mr D Kinahan]
[Mrs J Dobson]
[Mr R Beggs]
[07 April 2014]

Childcare in Northern Ireland

That this Assembly notes with concern the recent “Employers for Childcare” survey which demonstrated that 46 per cent of parents compromised their working hours or left work due to a lack of affordable childcare, and that 45 per cent of all additional childcare is provided though grandparents; further notes with concern that the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister is scheduled to underspend £9.5 million of its £12 million childcare budget from 2011-2015; calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to implement a comprehensive and detailed childcare strategy that includes a prompt public media awareness campaign about the availability of current financial assistance schemes, such as childcare vouchers and tax credits; and further calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to explain how the childcare subsidy announced in the 2014/15 UK budget could assist people in Northern Ireland.

[Mr C Lyttle]
[Mrs J Cochrane]
[Mr S Dickson]
[Ms A Lo]
[08 April 2014]

End of Key Stage Assessments

That this Assembly expresses concern that principals and teachers in schools no longer have any confidence in end of Key Stage Assessments; notes with concern that the Department of Education’s and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment's approach to end of Key Stage Assessments is not fit for purpose; and calls on the Minister of Education to halt the present process, review other Assessment For Learning tools that schools currently use and introduce a system of assessment that helps inform teaching and learning.

[Mr M Storey]
[Mr J Craig]
[Mr R Newton]
[Mr S Moutray]
[11 April 2014]

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