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.

COMMITTEE BUSINESS

Report on Phase 1 the Inquiry into Allegations Arising from a BBC NI Spotlight Programme

That this Assembly notes the Report of the Committee for Social Development on Phase 1 of its Inquiry into allegations, arising from a BBC NI Spotlight programme aired on 3 July 2013, of impropriety or irregularity relating to NIHE managed contracts and consideration of any resulting actions (NIA 157/11-15), which deals specifically with allegations that the Committee was misled by the Minister for Social Development over his decision to seek a review of the specification for the supply and fitting of double glazing.

[Chairperson - Committee for Social Development]
[01 September 2014]

Report on the Inquiry into the Barroso Taskforce

That this Assembly notes the Report of the Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (NIA 179/11-15) on its Inquiry into the Barroso Taskforce; and calls on the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister to implement the recommendations contained in the Report.

[Chairperson - Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister]
[01 September 2014]

PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS

National Crime Agency

That this Assembly condemns the increasing number of illegal activities being carried out by organised criminal gangs; notes police assessments of over 140 such gangs operating in Northern Ireland; and calls for the implementation, in full, of the National Crime Agency to help deal with this problem which is particularly prevalent in border areas.

[Mr G Campbell]
[Mr W Irwin]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

Common Funding Formula

That this Assembly notes the implementation of the revised Common Funding Formula and its impact on school budgets; expresses concern that the transitional funding arrangements put in place by the Minister of Education for 2014/15 will not be available in future years; and calls on the Minister of Education to consider the recommendations of the Committee for Education on the issue and make the necessary revisions to the formula to ensure a fair financial allocation to all schools.

[Mr M Storey]
[Mr J Craig]
[Mr R Newton]
[Mr S Moutray]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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 S Overend]
[01 September 2014]

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 S Overend]
[01 September 2014]

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 S Overend]
[01 September 2014]

Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Team

That this Assembly recognises the tremendous achievement of the entire Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games team at the recent Glasgow Games, in particular the boxing team; congratulates all those involved; and calls on the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure to urgently reassess other sports where we might be expected to excel in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and ensure the appropriate training, resources and facilities are in place to maximise our medal return in 2018.

[Mr G Campbell]
[Mr W Irwin]
[Miss M McIlveen]
[Mr D Hilditch]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

Alcohol Related Crime

That this Assembly recognises the proven link between crime and the over-consumption of alcohol and calls on the Minister of Justice to work on a joint strategy with the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety that will aim to deliver a targeted outcome of significantly reducing alcohol related crime.

[Mr D McIlveen]
[Mr J Wells]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[Mr T Elliott]
[01 September 2014]

Injury on Duty Award Scheme

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Justice to review the legislation and guidance governing the administration of the Injury on Duty Award Scheme, taking cognisance of recent case law and reflecting the unique circumstances in Northern Ireland compared to the rest of the UK.

[Mr J Craig]
[Mr P Givan]
[Mr R Newton]
[Mr D McIlveen]
[01 September 2014]

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 T Elliott]
[01 September 2014]

Voluntary Early Retirement Scheme for Prison Officers

That this Assembly notes the completion of the Voluntary Early Redundancy scheme for the Northern Ireland Prison Service as part of an invest-to-save scheme within the Prison Service Reform Programme; and calls on the Minister of Justice to review how this scheme was implemented and the current impact on resources within prisons to deliver a safe and effective prison regime.

[Mr S Anderson]
[Mr P Weir]
[Mr J Wells]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[Mrs B Hale]
[Mr S Moutray]
[01 September 2014]

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.

[Mr R Swann]
[Mr D Kinahan]
[Mr M McGimpsey]
[01 September 2014]

Maze/Long Kesh Site

That this Assembly notes with concern that the deputy First Minister, for political reasons, blocked the Ulster Aviation Society's open day event at the Maze/Long Kesh site; and calls on the deputy First Minister to lift his ban on wider agreed development.

[Mr S Moutray]
[Mr G Robinson]
[Mr J Spratt]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[Mr D Kinahan]
[01 September 2014]

Parades

That this Assembly notes the lawful but illogical determination issued by the Parades Commission regarding the application by the three Ligoniel Orange Lodges for a parade in Belfast on 12 July 2014; further notes the consequences for our efforts to build a shared future and the harm caused to the concept of sharing space and respecting cultural identity; and calls, not only for the rule of law to be upheld, but for respect and tolerance to be shown for everyone’s cultural identity.

[Mr W Humphrey]
[Mr N McCausland]
[Mr M Storey]
[01 September 2014]

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.

[Mr R Swann]
[Mr D Kinahan]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

Equal Marriage

That this Assembly notes that numerous Motions have reaffirmed that no support exists for the introduction of equal marriage; and agrees that further consideration would be pointless during the remainder of this Assembly term.

[Mr P Weir]
[01 September 2014]

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.

[Mr D Kinahan]
[Mr R Swann]
[01 September 2014]

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 S Overend]
[01 September 2014]

Welfare Reform

That this Assembly notes with concern the ongoing cuts to departmental budgets caused by the failure to implement welfare reform; further notes the work of the Minister for Social Development in negotiating substantial concessions to alleviate the worst aspects of welfare reform for the people of Northern Ireland; and calls on the Ministers blocking progress on this matter to immediately reverse their opposition to enable already under-funded and resourced public services to be protected.

[Ms P Bradley]
[Mr P Girvan]
[Mr G Campbell]
[01 September 2014]

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 S Overend]
[01 September 2014]

Conscience Clause

That this Assembly notes the increasing number of cases across the UK in which the freedom of religion is afforded a lesser priority than other fundamental freedoms; acknowledges that this gradation of fundamental rights often leads to people of faith leaving their employment or being forced out of business; and calls on the Minister for Employment and Learning to bring forward legislation to introduce a conscience clause for people of faith to allow them to exercise religious freedom in the workplace.

[Mr T Buchanan]
[Mr P Weir]
[01 September 2014]

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 S Overend]
[01 September 2014]

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 S Overend]
[01 September 2014]

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 T Elliott]
[01 September 2014]

Funding for Victims Groups

That this Assembly recognises that budget cuts have affected the funding for many groups representing innocent victims of violence in Northern Ireland; notes with concern that after the June Monitoring Round, victims groups that were successful could not access their funds due to fines from Westminster resulting from the lack of agreement on Welfare Reform; and calls on the Executive to ensure that groups representing innocent victims are given the funding they need and deserve to carry out the vital help and support they give to the most vulnerable.

[Mr S Moutray]
[Mr G Robinson]
[Mr J Spratt]
[Mrs B Hale]
[01 September 2014]

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 T Elliott]
[01 September 2014]

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 T Elliott]
[01 September 2014]

Hallett Report

That this Assembly notes the recommendations of the The Report of the Hallett Review; and calls on the Secretary of State to take all steps necessary to ensure those guilty of serious terrorist offences are brought to justice.

[Mr G Campbell]
[Mr P Weir]
[01 September 2014]

National Parks

That this Assembly notes previous efforts to introduce national parks legislation in Northern Ireland and that the Mournes, the Causeway Coast, the 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]
[Mrs S Overend]
[01 September 2014]

Ardoyne Fleadh

That this Assembly notes with grave concern the remarks made by The Druids and the leading of young people in pro-IRA chanting at the recent Ardoyne Fleadh; and calls for all public funding to be withdrawn from the Ardoyne Fleadh event.

[Mr W Humphrey]
[Mr N McCausland]
[Mr A Easton]
[Mr J Wells]
[01 September 2014]

Environmental Allowane 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]
[01 September 2014]

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.

[Mr D Kinahan]
[Mr R Swann]
[01 September 2014]

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.

[Mr D Kinahan]
[Mr R Swann]
[01 September 2014]

Reasonable Accommodation in Equality Legislation

That this Assembly notes with concern the action taken by the Equality Commission against Ashers Bakery; and calls for a review of equality legislation that will provide reasonable accommodation for the religious beliefs of service providers in the provision of goods, services and facilities.

[Mr P Givan]
[Mr S Wilson]
[01 September 2014]

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 Swann]
[01 September 2014]

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 S Overend]
[01 September 2014]

Banning of Wild Animals in Circuses

This Assembly calls upon the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to introduce legislation to outlaw the use of wild animals in circuses in Northern Ireland.

[Mr J Wells]
[Mr R Newton]
[01 September 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 S Overend]
[Mr R Beggs]
[01 September 2014]

Regulation of the Use of Snares

That this Assembly recognises the enormous suffering caused by the unregulated use of snares; and calls on the Minister of the Environment to follow the lead of the Scottish Government and introduce a licensing system for their use.

[Mr J Wells]
[Mr R Newton]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

Children's Budgeting

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

[Mr C Lyttle]
[Mrs J Cochrane]
[01 September 2014]

Pedestrian Casualties as a Result of Road Accidents

That this Assembly urges the Minister for the Environment to take action to reduce the numbers 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]
[01 September 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]
[01 September 2014]

Unhealthy Snack Choices at Supermarket Checkout Areas

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

[Mrs P Cameron]
[Mr J Wells]
[01 September 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]
[01 September 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]
[01 September 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]
[01 September 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]
[01 September 2014]

Contribution made by the Post Office Network

That this Assembly notes the important contribution made by the post office network to communities and the local economy; recognises the need for increased support from the Executive to ensure the viability of the network in the future; urges the Executive to take action to help sustain these vital services with the availability of more public services through the post office network and establish a post office diversification fund, similar to those which have existed in other regions; and supports the Keep Me Posted campaign which champions the principle that consumers and businesses have a right to choose how they receive bills and statements without being penalised for requesting such information in paper format.

[Mr C Lyttle]
[01 September 2014]

South Eastern Education and Library Board

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

[Mr A Easton]
[Mr M Storey]
[01 September 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]
[01 September 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]
[01 September 2014]

Replacement of the Current 2011-2015 Budget

That this Assembly recognises that the 2011-2015 Budget Settlement is unravelling; expresses concern about the impact that the current funding crisis may have on the sick and the vulnerable across Northern Ireland and how this will be further compounded if penalties are passed down from Westminster; accepts that on-going implementation of the current four year Budget is now untenable and calls on the Executive to bring forward a new Budget, accompanied by a revised Programme for Government which takes account of the new financial environment.

[Mr M Nesbitt]
[Mr D Kennedy]
[01 September 2014]

Stroke Awareness

That this Assembly recognises that every £1 invested in stroke awareness can potentially save the Health Service £10; calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to commit to continuing to fund the FAST campaign and to introduce a campaign for awareness of transient ischaemic attack; and further calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to secure funding to promote an awareness campaign for heart attack signs and symptoms.

[Ms P Bradley]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

Funding Crisis in the Health Service

That this Assembly notes the severe funding crisis currently facing the Health Service in Northern Ireland; understands that if the current budget shortfall is not addressed then it will have a detrimental impact on the range of services available and the quality of care delivered; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to ensure that public safety is not compromised further.

[Mrs J Dobson]
[Mr R Beggs]
[01 September 2014]

Paediatric Cardiac Surgery

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]
[Mrs P Cameron]
[Mr G Dunne]
[Mr D McIlveen]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

Funding Crisis in Victims and Survivors Service

That this Assembly notes the current funding crisis being faced by the Victims and Survivors Service; recognises the grave concern that this is causing for many victims, survivors and support groups, leading to some of them having to close, and the genuine hardships being faced by many victims as a result and calls on the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister to take urgent action to alleviate this situation.

[Mr M Nesbitt]
[Mr L Cree]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

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]
[01 September 2014]

Gentically 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]
[01 September 2014]

Calls 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]
[01 September 2014]

Electronic Dog Collars

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]
[01 September 2014]

Persecution of Christians in Iraq and Syria

That this Assembly notes with great concern the widespread persecution and genocide of the Christian minority community in Iraq and Syria; and calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to take immediate action within the International Community to provide emergency aid and protection for this religious group.

[Mr J Wells]
[Mr M Storey]
[Mr D McIlveen]
[01 September 2014]

Independent Environmental 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]
[01 September 2014]

Decision of Shale Gas Exploration

That this Assembly deplores the discriminatory actions of the Minister of the Environment in respect of shale gas exploration in Fermanagh believing that he has sent out a signal to investors in the industry that Northern Ireland is not a place that is open for business.

[Mr S Wilson]
[Mrs P Cameron]
[Mr G Dunne]
[Mr P Frew]
[01 September 2014]

Intergrated Education

This Assembly notes that only around 7 per cent of children currently attend an integrated school; acknowledges the result from the 2012 NI Life and Times survey which indicates that 62 per cent of the public in Northern Ireland would prefer to send their children to a mixed religion school; recognises that barriers exist which deter or prevent parents from sending or children from attending integrated schools and calls on the Minister of Education to take action to guarantee that by 2020 integrated education is a feasible option for all children and that an integrated school operates in each locality.

[Mr S Agnew]
[01 September 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.

[Mr P Girvan]
[Mr T Clarke]
[Mr J Craig]
[Mr P Givan]
[01 September 2014]

Illegal Drugs in Northern Ireland

That this Assembly acknowledges with grave concern the extent of drug-related fatalities in our communities; supports the ongoing work carried out by statutory services, the Public Health Agency and the voluntary and community sector; and calls on the Minister of Justice to work alongside the relevant bodies involved and bring forward measures to raise awareness and apprehend more of those responsible for drugs on our streets.

[Mr S Anderson]
[Mr S Moutray]
[Mr W Humphrey]
[Mr J Wells]
[01 September 2014]

Living Wage

That this Assembly recognises that many Northern Ireland households, including a high proportion of those in work, are currently experiencing poverty and the cost of living continues to rise; acknowledges the Programme for Government Commitment to address the challenges of disadvantage and inequality; further notes with concern the Living Wage Foundation calculate that the living wage is £1.34 per hour greater than the Northern Ireland minimum wage; calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and the Minster for Employment and Learning to bring forward proposals aimed at creating jobs that pay above the living wage; and further calls on the Executive to encourage employers to use socially responsible terms of employment and ensure people working full-time are able to afford housing costs, essential utilities and food bills.

[Mr P Ramsey]
[Mrs D Kelly]
[Mr P McGlone]
[01 September 2014]

Emergency Departments

That this Assembly notes that the number of individuals having to wait in excess of twelve hours to be assessed, treated and either admitted or discharged from Emergency Departments has been reduced to double figures from four figure monthly totals, but believes that more can be done; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to work to have such delays eradicated altogether through the establishment of enhanced care pathways for frail, elderly patients and greater coordination of all parts of the health and social care system to improve the experience and quality of Emergency Care.

[Mr J Wells]
[Mrs P Cameron]
[Mr G Dunne]
[Mr D McIlveen]
[01 September 2014]

Cancer Drugs

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to strive to make new drugs shown to be effective as widely available to cancer sufferers in Northern Ireland as possible; calls on the Minister to engage with his UK counterparks to seek to achieve the best outcome from the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme for citizens in the province; and calls for the significant recent improvements in cancer care to be continued through further specialisation, provision of enhanced targeted radiotherapy and maximising the use of multidisciplinary teams including clinical nurse specialists.

[Mr J Wells]
[Mrs P Cameron]
[Mr G Dunne]
[Mr D McIlveen]
[01 September 2014]

Commonwealth Youth Games

That this Assembly notes the success of the Olympic Games in London 2012 and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 and the impact hosting these games has had to positively transform those cities; and calls on the Executive to develop a bid for Northern Ireland to host the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2021 with a view to a future bid to host the Commonwealth Games.

[Miss M McIlveen]
[Mr W Irwin]
[Mr D Hilditch]
[Mr W Humphrey]
[01 September 2014]

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.

[Mr P Frew]
[Mr W Irwin]
[Mr T Buchanan]
[Miss M McIlveen]
[01 September 2014]

Roads Drainage Systems

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Regional Development to investigate standard operating procedures within Transport NI to ensure that the cleaning out and inspection of road drainage systems are appropriate, fit for purpose and cost effective to negate the threat of flooding to homes and property.

[Mr P Frew]
[Mr J Spratt]
[Mr A Easton]
[Mrs B Hale]
[01 September 2014]

Obligations under the Ministerial Code

That this Assembly, being aware of the obligation on Ministers under the Ministerial Code to deal with the public in "a responsible way" and having regard to the irresponsible manner in which the Minister for Social Development wrongly accused four named contractors of overcharging Northern Ireland Housing Executive by £18 million, has no confidence in the Minister and calls on him to resign.

[Mr J Allister]
[01 September 2014]

Concessionary Fare Scheme

That this Assembly supports the Concessionary Fare Scheme; notes that many thousands of people have benefited from the scheme since its introduction; believes that it helps those most at risk of social exclusion; and calls on the Minister for Regional Development to ensure the continuation of the scheme.

[Mr J Spratt]
[Mr A Easton]
[Mrs B Hale]
[01 September 2014]

Repatriation of Welfare Powers

That this Assembly notes the deadlock over Welfare Reform; and endorses the call by the First Minister for the repatriation of welfare powers to Westminster.

[Mr J Allister]
[01 September 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]
[01 September 2014]

Hall of Fame

That this Assembly notes the considerable recent sporting success of athletes from Northern Ireland in the Commonwealth Games, Winter Paralympics, golf, boxing, rugby and other sports; and calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to bring forward proposals to establish a Sporting Hall of Fame to recognise not only recent success, but to commemorate and celebrate the sporting talent of people from Northern Ireland throughout our history; and to continue to fund a Sporting Hall of Fame on an ongoing basis to inspire future sportsmen and women from Northern Ireland.

[Miss M McIlveen]
[Mr W Irwin]
[Mr D Hilditch]
[Mr W Humphrey]
[01 September 2014]

STEM Subjects

That this Assembly notes the importance of the promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees for the future of the Northern Ireland economy; and calls on the Executive to investigate innovative ways to promote the uptake of students on these degree programmes by the introduction of incentive schemes such as a graduate housing loan scheme for first-time buyers graduating in STEM subjects, and or other financial incentives to not only take up these degree programmes but to encourage young talent to remain in Northern Ireland post their degree programmes.

[Mr T Buchanan]
[Mr A Ross]
[01 September 2014]

Controlled Schools

That this Assembly notes that the different models of school ownership in Northern Ireland places the controlled sector at a significant disadvantage; and calls on the Minister of Education to bring forward proposals to devolve some aspects of ownership rights from Education and Library Boards to a Controlled Sectoral Body and to fund that body to advocate, resource and advise on behalf of controlled schools.

[Mr M Storey]
[Mr J Craig]
[Mr S Moutray]
[Mr R Newton]
[01 September 2014]

Removal of Mandatory Coalition

That this Assembly notes the deadlock within the Executive and the resulting failure to provide good and effective government; recognises that the current governmental arrangements are flawed; and calls on Her Majesty's Government to legislate to remove mandatory coalition and provide instead for voluntary coalition and the operation of an Opposition."

[Mr J Allister]
[01 September 2014]

Access to Sports Facilities

That this Assembly notes the benefit for health, community development and personal wellbeing of promoting grass roots sports and notes the increased cost for access to sporting facilities and participation; and calls on the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure to work with the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Education to audit sports facilities across Northern Ireland and identify ways to open up facilities not already open to the public as well as ways in which community relations can be built upon by promoting schools and public facilities as shared facilities serving the whole community.

[Miss M McIlveen]
[Mr W Irwin]
[Mr M Storey]
[Mr J Craig]
[01 September 2014]

Participation in Sport

That this Assembly notes the increase in obesity and the related healthcare costs from the lack of physical activity in people of all ages; acknowledges the role that sport can play in increasing physical activity and reducing obesity for all; and calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to work along with the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety to bring forward a strategy to increase public participation in sports and other physical activity across all age groups, in particular setting key targets and investment in getting more people participating in sport and physical activity.

[Miss M McIlveen]
[Mr W Irwin]
[Mr J Wells]
[Mr G Dunne]
[01 September 2014]

Housing Regeneration

That this Assembly welcomes the focus by the Minister for Social Development on housing regeneration; and calls on the Minister bring forward proposals to tackle the long-term deficit of vital investment in Northern Ireland's social housing tower blocks as a matter of priority.

[Ms P Bradley]
[Mr G Campbell]
[Mr S Wilson]
[Mr T Clarke]
[01 September 2014]

Administration of Social Security

That this Assembly values the hundreds of jobs across Belfast and Londonderry delivering social security administrative functions for Great Britain; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to do all in his power to ensure the long-term security of such vital jobs.

[Ms P Bradley]
[Mr G Campbell]
[Mr S Wilson]
[Mr T Clarke]
[01 September 2014]

Funding for Pipe Bands

That this Assembly notes the unprecedented success, over many years, of pipe bands from Northern Ireland in national and international competitions; and calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to recognise this success and ensure that the legacy of pipe bands continues through increased funding.

[Miss M McIlveen]
[Mr W Irwin]
[Mr D Hilditch]
[Mr W Humphrey]
[01 September 2014]

Rural Crime

That this Assembly notes with concern the increased problem of rural crime; recognises the positive contribution rural communities make to the betterment of all in Northern Ireland; further recognises the need to do all we can to support these communities; calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to bring forward a strategy to proactively tackle and bring to an end the fear of crime felt in rural communities

[Mr P Frew]
[Mr W Irwin]
[Mr T Buchanan]
[Miss M McIlveen]
[01 September 2014]

90th Anniversary of BBC NI

That this Assembly notes the important contribution the BBC has made to Northern Ireland since 1924; and calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to mark BBC Northern Ireland's 90th Anniversary.

[Mr M Storey]
[Miss M McIlveen]
[01 September 2014]

Ulster-Scots Broadcasting

That this Assembly notes the importance of community radio broadcasting; commends Ullans Speakers Association for gaining a permanent community radio license for Fuse FM; and calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to support the expansion of community radio broadcasting for Ulster-Scots and to provide the necessary resources to the Ulster-Scots Agency to core-fund this development.

[Miss M McIlveen]
[Mr W Irwin]
[Mr D Hilditch]
[Mr W Humphrey]
[01 September 2014]

Funding for Musical Instruments

That this Assembly welcomes the Arts Council for Northern Ireland's Musical Instruments for Bands funding programme; notes the cultural, artistic and community importance of bands in Northern Ireland; calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to commit to the retention and expansion of the scheme and to review the current criteria, specifically the maximum amount funded for each application to reflect the cost of musical instruments and the time restriction placed on successful bands reapplying to the fund.

[Miss M McIlveen]
[Mr W Irwin]
[Mr D Hilditch]
[Mr W Humphrey]
[01 September 2014]

Angling Tourism

That this Assembly welcomes the Steering Group report ‘A Strategic Review of Angling in Northern Ireland, 2013’ and notes its recommendations; and calls upon the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to work with relevant Executive colleagues to develop Angling Tourism in Northern Ireland.

[Miss M McIlveen]
[Mr W Irwin]
[Mr D Hilditch]
[Mr W Humphrey]
[01 September 2014]

UK Membership of the EU

That this Assembly believes that the nature of the relationship between the United Kingdom and the European institutions has fundamentally altered from that to which the people of the UK voted to remain in, in the 1975 Common Market Referendum; recognises that the failure to consult the people of the United Kingdom over the ensuing 39 years regarding fundamental constitutional changes and transfers of power away from the UK into the European structures has fed cynicism about and disillusionment with politics; and supports a referendum on the United Kingdom's continued membership of the European Union.

[Mr A Easton]
[Mr P Weir]
[01 September 2014]

Development Proposals from the Western Education and Library Board

That this Assembly notes Development proposals 260, 261 and 262 by the Western Education and Library Board regarding the proposed closure of the Collegiate Grammar School and Portora Royal School; commends the staff and pupils of both schools for the excellent GSCE and A-level results achieved again this year; and calls on the Minister for Education to reject the development proposals and seek consensus on the future of these schools with broad community support.

[Lord Morrow]
[Mrs A Foster]
[01 September 2014]

Derrylin and Other Terrorist Commemorations

That this Assembly condemns terrorist commemorations such as Derrylin and Castlederg and the dissident commemoration march through Belfast City Centre and other similar events, as they represent a glorification of terrorism, show insensitivity to victims, damage community relations and present unacceptable role models for the next generation.

[Mr P Weir]
[01 September 2014]

Female Participation in Sport

That this Assembly notes the Sports Matters Strategy but is concerned by the decrease in the number of young girls in post-primary education participating in sporting activity; acknowledges the need for more female coaches and volunteers in sport clubs; and calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to identify the barriers to female participation in sport and to target investment to address the barriers.

[Miss M McIlveen]
[Mr W Irwin]
[Mr D Hilditch]
[Mr W Humphrey]
[01 September 2014]

Racial Equality Strategy Consultation

That this Assembly welcomes the publication of the Racial Equality strategy consultation and calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to develop, fund and implement a strategy based on this as soon as is practicable.

[Ms A Lo]
[Mr T Lunn]
[Mrs J Cochrane]
[01 September 2014]

Good Relations Funding

That this Assembly believes that the Northern Ireland Executive and the new district councils have a significant role to play in funding good relations programmes; and calls for this money to be allocated in an efficient and sustainable manner.

[Mr C Lyttle]
[Mr S Dickson]
[01 September 2014]

Medical Assessments for Welfare Payments

That this Assembly notes the marked increase in patient requests for a medical report for assessing eligibility for welfare during the last two years; further notes that an increase in such reports has an impact on the time that GPs are able to spend with patients; notes the differences in process, procedure and cost for verbal and written reports; believes that this needs to be addressed as part of a multi-agency approach to ensure medical information for welfare recipient is suitable; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to liaise with the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to ensure appropriate information and education is provided to GPs and civil servants to ensure that appropriate medical information to assist with the welfare assessment process.

[Mrs J Cochrane]
[Mr K McCarthy]
[01 September 2014]

Ballymurphy 1971

This Assembly calls on the Secretary of State to join with the Irish Government in supporting the proposed investigation into the events in Ballymurphy in 1971 when eleven civilians were killed, to be conducted on the same basis as the Hillsborough Football Stadium investigation and jointly funded by the two Governments.

[Mr T Lunn]
[01 September 2014]

Unauthorised Mineral Extraction in Lough Neagh

This Assembly notes the unauthorised extraction of between 1.2 - 1.7m tonnes of sand and gravel each year from Lough Neagh Special Protection Area; recognises the severe adverse environmental impact this activity may be having on this site; further notes that in repeatedly failing to regulate this activity, the Executive may be in breach of EU law including the Wild Birds, Habitats and Environmental Impact Assessment Directives and liable for financial penalties; expresses serious concern that in spite of having no planning permissions or environmental impact assessments, companies have been awarded Aggregate Levy Credit Scheme certificates by the Department for the Environment and may have been in receipt of an 80 percent aggregates levy rebate; and calls on the Minister for the Environment to take immediate action to halt all authorised activity on the Lough, to initiate a fully transparent and independent public inquiry into the unauthorised activity and to report any suspected breaches of the financial, or other rules of the Aggregates Levy Credit Scheme Code of Practice to HM Revenue and Customs and the Northern Ireland Audit Office.

[Mr S Agnew]
[01 September 2014]

Unconventional Oil and Gas Exploration and Extraction

This Assembly calls on the Executive to enact a seven year moratorium on all extraction, exploration, and activity relating to such extraction or exploration of or for unconventional hydrocarbons and hydrocarbons located in unconventional reservoirs, including oil and gas from shale or coal strata, any hydrocarbons produced through the use of high volume hydraulic fracturing or underground coal gasification, and unconventional hydrocarbons commonly known as shale gas, shale oil, coalbed methane/coalseam gas, tight gas and tight oil; and calls on the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment to take action to ensure that no such extraction or exploration, or other activity relating to such extraction or exploration, including drilling into shale strata, is authorised or permitted under any current petroleum licence, or under any petroleum licence granted within the seven year period of the moratorium, and that no current petroleum licence or work programme referring to such extraction or exploration, or to other activity relating to such extraction or exploration, is extended; and further calls on the Minister for the Environment to take action to ensure that permitted development rights do not apply, and planning permission is not granted, in respect of any such extraction or exploration or other activity related to such extraction or exploration of these hydrocarbons, including drilling into shale strata.

[Mr S Agnew]
[01 September 2014]

Land Value Tax

That this Assembly notes that Northern Ireland experienced one of the most severe property market crashes in the developed world as a result of the land and property speculation; notes the billions of pounds of long term debt liability which was created by this crash and the negative impact that this continues to have on society; recognises the range of benefits which could be realised if rates were replaced with a land value tax including the promotion of a more sustainable housing market and the optimisation of the the use of land; and calls on the Executive to back the principle of a land value tax and endorse and implement the recommendations for a land value tax in the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action report “A Land Value Tax for Northern Ireland”.

[Mr S Agnew]
[01 September 2014]

Abolition of Rates Cap

That this Assembly notes the disproportionally negative impact the cuts to the budgets of public services is having on the poorest and most vulnerable in society; considers the cap on rates payable on properties valued over £400,000 to be a regressive, unaffordable and unjustified perk for the very wealthiest in society; and calls on the Executive to abolish the cap on rates and reallocate the additional revenue raised into the NHS.

[Mr S Agnew]
[01 September 2014]

Named Person for Children

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to work collaboratively with the Minister of Education and the Office of First Minister and deputy First Minister to introduce legislation which would make a named person available for every child in a similar manner as the provisions which were introduced in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

[Mr S Agnew]
[01 September 2014]

Citizen Initiative

That this Assembly calls on the Executive and the Assembly Commission to increase participative democracy in Northern Ireland and to bring forward proposals for a citizens initiative to enable the public to propose legislation in an area where the Assembly has competence and trigger a motion for debate by gathering a set level of signatures.

[Mr S Agnew]
[01 September 2014]

Tourism VAT

That this Assembly notes the decision by the Government of Ireland to retain a reduced rate of VAT on tourism and hospitality; further notes that this is a practice in many EU countries; recognises the potential of this measure to significantly boost the Northern Ireland tourism industry; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise Trade and Investment and the Minister of Finance and Personnel to undertake a report into those benefits for presentation to the UK Treasury.

[Mr P McGlone]
[Mrs K McKevitt]
[Mr S Rogers]
[01 September 2014]

Removal of Duty to Promote the Gas Industry

That this Assembly endorses the full decarbonisation of the energy supply in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the probability of catastrophic impacts from climate change; recognises that the Executive's duty to promote the gas industry is in direct conflict with their aim of decarbonising the energy supply; understands that all public and private sector investment into the gas industry will have a short lifespan and is displacing urgently required investments in energy efficiency measures and renewable energy technology; notes with concern the existence of a statutory duty to promote the gas industry in Clause 5 section 2(a) of The Gas (Northern Ireland) Order 1996; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to remove this statutory duty in the forthcoming Energy Bill.

[Mr S Agnew]
[01 September 2014]

North-West Enterprize Zone

That this Assembly notes that the Derry City Council area has the highest rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants in any local authority and than in England, Scotland and Wales; further notes that the Derry City Council area has experienced the lowest percentage decrease in unemployment figures in the past year; and calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to liaise with the Minister of Finance and Personnel to make representations to the Chancellor of the Exchequer with a view to designating the entire council area as an Enterprise Zone; and further calls on the North-South Ministerial Council to explore the introduction of a cross-border enterprise zone in the North West of Ireland.

[Mr C Eastwood]
[Mr P Ramsey]
[Mr M Durkan]
[01 September 2014]

Wealth Inequality in Northern Ireland

That this Assembly notes with concern that inequality in the UK has been rising faster than any other rich nation since the 1970's; notes that the wealth of the top 1 percent has increased from 1 percent in 1970 to 14.3% in 2005; recognises that the wealthy have a lower propensity to spend at a time when the economy requires an increase in spending, concurs with the assessments of economists who have identified that more equal societies create healthier, vibrant and more dynamic economies; recognises fairness and equity as key principles in any taxation system; and calls on the Minister of Finance and Personnel to establish measurements of wealth inequality and an establish a target with the objective of reducing wealth inequality in Northern Ireland.

[Mr S Agnew]
[01 September 2014]

University of Ulster Magee Campus

That this Assembly recognises that expansion at the University of Ulster’s Magee campus is critical to Derry’s future economic prosperity; affirms its commitment to the One Plan targets of expanding to 9,400 full-time equivalents by 2020 and increasing Maximum Student Numbers by 1,000 by 2015; calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to secure necessary funding from the Executive to resource expansion; and further calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to liaise directly with the University of Ulster and the Minister for Employment and Learning to ensure expansion at the Magee campus is fully delivered.

[Mr C Eastwood]
[Mr P Ramsey]
[Mr M Durkan]
[01 September 2014]

Corporation Tax

That this Assembly calls on the Executive to reject proposals to lower the headline rate of corporation tax relative to the UK and to support moves towards greater harmonisation of corporation tax in the EU.

[Mr S Agnew]
[01 September 2014]

Rural Schools

That this Assembly acknowledges local schools are the focal point for many rural communities and calls on the Minister of Education and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to develop a rural schools policy in order to ensure the viability of our rural schools.

[Mr S Rogers]
[Mr J Byrne]
[Mrs K McKevitt]
[01 September 2014]

Careers Education

That this Assembly notes the CBI Report Evaluation of Education and Employer Partnerships in Northern Ireland; acknowledges the need for better links between schools and businesses including through greater provision of work placements for both students & teachers; recognises the necessity to ensure careers education is an integral part of the post primary curriculum and better related to future employment trends; and calls on the Minister for Education and Minister for Employment and Learning to encourage the development of strong in-house careers education programmes in all schools by enabling all teaching staff involved in careers education to access regular professional development opportunities and pursue up-to-date professional qualifications.

[Mr S Rogers]
[Mr P Ramsey]
[Mrs K McKevitt]
[01 September 2014]

English and Mathematics

That this House recognises the need to improve literacy and numeracy as evidenced by the disparity between the percentage of year 12 pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEs (79.6% in 2012/13) and the percentage of year 12 pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEs at grades A*- C including GCSE English and GCSE maths (60.9% in 2012-13); and calls on the Minister for Education to review the primary curriculum with the intention of placing a greater emphasis on the teaching of english, mathematics and science; to discontinue the current end of key stage assessments; and develop a universal assessment for learning system for all primary school children.

[Mr S Rogers]
[Mr J Dallat]
[01 September 2014]

Gynaecological Cancers

That this Assembly recognises the need to raise public awareness of gynaecological cancers; calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to adequately fund gynaecological cancer treatments to improve survival rates.

[Mr F McKinney]
[Mr J Dallat]
[01 September 2014]

Cross-border Health

That this Assembly recognises the need to sustain and enhance cross-border health initiatives under the auspices of the North-South Ministerial Council Health Sector; notes the proposal to focus European INTERREG 2014-2020 programme funding with the objective of improving access to quality cross-border healthcare services; and calls on the Northern Ireland Executive to provide the necessary financial support these opportunities for the benefit of patients.

[Mr F McKinney]
[Mr S Rogers]
[01 September 2014]

Altnagelvin Hospital

That this Assembly recognises the importance of Altnagelvin Hospital in delivering excellent healthcare in the North West of Ireland; praises the professionalism and commitment of staff working throughout the Western Health and Social Care Trust; and calls on the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety to ensure that the radiotherapy unit and cardiac centre at Altnagelvin Hospital are progressed without delay resulting in the delivery of critical services to the population of the North West.

[Mr C Eastwood]
[Mr P Ramsey]
[Mr J Dallat]
[Mr M Durkan]
[01 September 2014]

Railways

That this Assembly notes the increased passenger numbers on Northern Ireland Railways and recognises the resultant benefits for public health, the environment, and road safety; and calls on the Executive to ensure the Minister for Regional Development is provided the necessary funds to ensure the success to date in attracting people from road to rail transport is not undermined.

[Mr J Dallat]
[Mr J Byrne]
[Mrs K McKevitt]
[01 September 2014]

Sustainable Transport

That this Assembly notes the Draft Bicycle Strategy for Northern Ireland and the commitment of the Minister for Regional Development to further developing sustainable transport options; acknowledges the intention of the strategy to avoid arbitrary Northern Ireland wide targets and calls on the Minister to ensure specific city wide or local area targets are robust, ambitious, and adequately funded.

[Mr J Dallat]
[Mr J Byrne]
[01 September 2014]

Cross-border Transport Links

That this Assembly notes the great potential of North-South economic development; acknowledges the focus of the North-South Ministerial Council Transport Sector on developing the strategic transport connections on the island; and calls on the Northern Ireland Executive to support this work by undertaking an assessment of options for financial support for significant infrastructure projects such as the A5 road project, the Narrow Water bridge, Newry relief road, and Belfast to Dublin railway.

[Mr J Dallat]
[Mr J Byrne]
[Mrs K McKevitt]
[Mr S Rogers]
[01 September 2014]

Farmgate Beef Prices

That this Assembly notes the financial pressure faced by beef farmers as a result of the recent drop in farmgate prices; and calls on the Minister for Agriculture and Rural development to work with her counterparts in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs to encourage the European Union to develop a relief package for famers and the local beef industry.

[Mr J Byrne]
[Mr S Rogers]
[01 September 2014]

Arts Council

That this Assembly notes the £78m of cuts to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure announced in the June monitoring round; recognises the work of the Arts Council in promoting social cohesion and peace-building through the arts; acknowledges the health and economic benefits of the arts; further notes that the Minister has warned effected organisations to plan for more cuts in future; and calls on the Minister to assess ways to better manage available finances and access and promote additional areas of funding such as the new EU Creative Europe programme (2014-2020).

[Mrs K McKevitt]
[Mr D Bradley]
[01 September 2014]

Housing Executive Stock Survey

That this Assembly notes the on-going Northern Ireland Housing Executive stock survey; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to commit to provide adequate funding to address maintenance requirements the survey brings to light in order to robustly tackle housing inequality.

[Mrs D Kelly]
[Mr J Byrne]
[01 September 2014]

Housing Allocation

That this Assembly is committed to a system of social housing allocation which operates on the basis of objective housing need; recognises that all housing allocations must continue to be made under the principle of fairness and equity; and recognises that in any new options service model the most vulnerable must be prioritised and protected by appropriate support mechanisms.

[Mrs D Kelly]
[Mr F McKinney]
[Mr M Durkan]
[01 September 2014]

Deep Geothermal Energy

That this assembly notes the potential that deep geothermal energy has to meet the heating and electricity needs of thousands of households; recognises the potential it has to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels; and calls in the Minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment to ensure that appropriate legislation and incentives are in place to support the development of this industry.

[Mr P Flanagan]
[Ms M Fearon]
[Mr M McLaughlin]
[02 September 2014]

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 online marketing and retail presence; and calls on the Minister for 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 for 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 M Fearon]
[Mr M McLaughlin]
[02 September 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; recognises the findings in the recent Ofcom Communications Market Report whereby 47 per cent of people questioned felt that the current costs of posting a letter across the border represented poor value for money; expresses concern at the significant additional cost differential and time delay to deliver post intended for 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) when it meets in Trade & Business 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]
[02 September 2014]

Magilligan to Greencastle Ferry

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Regional Development to implement a subvention that will ensure a full year round service on the Magilligan to Greencastle Ferry

[Mr C Ó hOisín]
[Mr S Lynch]
[Mr D McAleer]
[02 September 2014]

Net Fiscal Balance Report

This Assembly notes that the performance of our economy is inherently variable and effective monitoring of local economic growth is a key challenge, further notes that building a sustainable economy is key objective of the Executive; and calls on the Minister of Finance and Personnel to develop accurate and timely economic data to inform current and future Executive strategies and objectives, including the production of an evidence based Net Fiscal Balance report which is focused upon building local economic sustainability and effectively monitoring economic growth.

[Mr D McKay]
[Ms M Boyle]
[Mr M McLaughlin]
[02 September 2014]

Welfare Reform

That this Assembly notes with deep concern the disastrous impact of welfare cuts in Britain, particularly on the most vulnerable in society including families on low income, those with disabilities and those who are unemployed; asserts that a modern, caring society should place the protection of its most vulnerable citizens at the very top of its agenda and calls on the Executive to oppose this Tory cuts agenda.

[Mr A Maskey]
[Mr M Brady]
[Mr F McCann]
[02 September 2014]

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