Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: 08 January 2013

Venue: Room 106, Parliament Buildings

Apologies

1.1 Apologies were noted from Mr Pat Ramsey.

2. Minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 04 December 2012

2.1 The minutes were agreed and signed by the Speaker.

3. Minutes of the meeting held on Monday 10 December 2012

3.1 The minutes were agreed and signed by the Speaker.

4. Matters arising

5.1 There were no matters arising.  

5. Finalisation of Order Papers for plenary meetings in week commencing 14 January 2013

Executive Business

5.1 Members noted that in addition to Question Time to the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister, and the Minister of Finance and Personnel, and the possibility of a statement on ‘January Monitoring’ (DFP), the following Executive business was scheduled for Monday 14 January:

  • Statement on the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Trade and Business Development sectoral format (DETI);
  • Statement on the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Tourism sectoral format (DETI);
  • Statement on the UK 2012 Autumn Statement - Northern Ireland Impact (DFP);
  • First Stage of the Planning Bill; and
  • Motion to approve the draft Single Use Carrier Bags Charge Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012.

5.2 Members noted that, apart from Question Time to the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, and the Minister of Justice, no further Executive business had been scheduled for Tuesday 15 January.

Committee Business

5.3 Members agreed to schedule a motion from the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development on ‘Single Farm Payments’, with one hour 30 minutes allocated for the debate, and the usual timings for all speakers.  

Private Members’ Business   

5.4 Members agreed to schedule no Private Members’ motions on Monday 14 January, but two on Tuesday 15 January. Under the system of allocation, the selections lay with the UUP and the DUP.  The following motions were selected:

  • ‘Commitment to Inclusivity, Mutual Respect, Peace and Democracy’ (Mr M Nesbitt, Mr R Swann); and
  • ‘Private Rented Sector Licensing Scheme’ (Ms P Bradley, Mr G Campbell).

5.5 Members agreed that up to 1 hour 30 minutes should be allocated for the debates, with the usual speaking times.

5.6 Members agreed to schedule an Adjournment Debate on Tuesday 15 January. Under the system of allocation, the selection lay with the SDLP. Following the Business Committee meeting, the SDLP notified the Clerk that the following Adjournment Topic had been selected:

  • ‘Car Parking in Newry’ (Mr D Bradley).

5.7 Junior Minister McCann confirmed that all relevant Ministers were available to respond.

5.8 The draft Order Papers were agreed.

6. Provisional arrangements for plenary meetings in week commencing 21 January 2013

Executive Business

6.1 Members noted that in addition to Question Time to the Minister for Regional Development, and the Minister for Social Development, the following Executive business was also scheduled for Monday 21 January:

  • Statement on Telecommunications in Northern Ireland (DETI); and
  • Consideration Stage of the Business Improvement Districts Bill (NIA 9/11-15).

6.2 Members noted that, in addition to Question Time to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, the following Executive business was scheduled for Tuesday 22 January:

  • Statement on Advancing New School Builds (DE);
  • Second Stage of the Planning Bill.

6.3 Members noted that two further statements were expected on that day regarding the NSMC meeting in Inland Waterways sectoral format, and the NSMC meeting in Language sectoral format (both DCAL); and that these had been shown in the indicative timings.

Committee Business

6.4 Members agreed to schedule a motion from the Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister on its report into Statutory Committee Activity on European Issues May 2011 - August 2012, with one hour 30 minutes allocated for the debate, and the usual timings for all speakers.

Private Members’ Business   

6.5 Members agreed to schedule one Private Members’ motion on Monday 21 January, but none on Tuesday 22 January. Under the system of allocation, the selection lay with the DUP. Mr Weir undertook to inform the Clerk as soon as possible. 

6.6 Members agreed that up to 1 hour 30 minutes should be allocated for the debates, with the usual speaking times.

6.7 Members agreed to schedule an Adjournment Debate on Tuesday 22 January. Under the system of allocation the selection lay with the DUP.  Mr Weir again undertook to inform the Clerk as soon as possible.

6.8 Junior Minister McCann confirmed that all relevant Ministers were available to respond.

6.9 The provisional Order Papers were agreed.

7. Any other business            

7.1 The Speaker referred members to a letter from the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment requesting an exchange of Question Time slots on 29 January with the Minister of Finance and Personnel on Monday 4 February.

7.2 Members agreed to the request.  

8. Date and Time of next meeting

8.1 Members agreed to meet at approximately 12.30pm on Tuesday 15 January 2013 in Room 106.

The Chairperson brought the meeting to a close at 12.38pm.

Mr Speaker
Chairperson

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