The Northern Ireland Assembly has been dissolved. The election will take place on Thursday 5 May 2016.

Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 24 January 2012

Venue: Room 106

Mr J Dallat   Deputy Speaker
Junior Minister Anderson
Junior Minister Bell
Mr A Rogers  OFMDFM

1.  Apologies

1.1  There were no apologies.

2.  Minutes of the meeting held on 17 January 2012

2.1  The minutes of the meeting held on 17 January were agreed and signed by the Speaker. 

3.  Matters arising

3.1  There were no matters arising.

4.  Finalisation of Order Papers for Week Commencing 30 January 2012

Executive Business

4.1  Members noted that there were no changes to business scheduled previously for Monday 30 January 2012.

4.2   Members noted that, for Tuesday 31 January 2012, the Second Stage of the Pensions Bill had been confirmed, and that motions had been scheduled relating to the Draft Pharmacy (1976) Order (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 and the Draft Sunbeds (Fixed Penalties) (Amount) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012.

4.3  Members also noted that amendments for the Consideration Stage of the Rates (Amendment) Bill should be tabled by 9.30am on Thursday 26 January;

Committee Business

4.4 Members noted that no Committee Business had been requested.

Private Members’ Business

4.5 Members noted that there were no changes to the Private Members’ Business previously agreed.

4.6  Members agreed to schedule the presentation of a public petition by Mr S. Agnew on the ‘Future of Bangor Central Integrated Primary School’ at the start of business on Monday 30 January 2012.

4.7  The Order Papers were agreed.

5  Provisional arrangements for Plenary meetings in week commencing 6 February 2012

Executive Business

5.1  Members noted that, apart from Question Time to the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister and the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, the Further Consideration Stage of the Rates (Amendment) Bill had been scheduled on Monday 6 February 2012.

5.2  Members noted that in addition to Question Time to the Minister of the Environment and the Minister Finance and Personnel, the Final Stage of the Rates (Amendment) Bill had been scheduled for Tuesday 7 February .

Committee Business

5.3  Members noted that no Committee Business had been requested.

Private Members’ Business

5.4  Members agreed to schedule two Private Members’ Motions on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 February 2012.

Under the system of allocation for Private Members’ motions the selections lay with the DUP (2) and Sinn Féin (2).

The following motions were proposed and scheduled for Monday 6 February 2012:

  • ‘Car Insurance’ (Mr A McQuillan; Mr G Campbell); and
  • ‘Regulation of the Local Home Heating Oil Industry           ’ (Mr P Flanagan; Mr D McKay; Ms S Ramsey).


The following motions were proposed and scheduled for Tuesday 7 February 2012:

  • ‘Surety Bonds for New Housing Developments’ (Miss M McIlveen; Mr I McCrea); and
  • ‘Human Trafficking’ (Ms J McCann; Ms C Ruane; Ms S Ramsey).

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

5.6  Members agreed to schedule an Adjournment Debate on Tuesday 7 February 2012. Under the system for allocating Adjournment Debates, the selection lay with the DUP.

The following topic was proposed and scheduled:

  • ‘The Completion of Millennium Way in Lurgan’ (Mr S Moutray). 


5.7      The Junior Ministers advised that all relevant Ministers were available to respond.

6.  Request to exchange Question Time slot

6.1  The Speaker referred members to a letter from the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development requesting an exchange of her Question Time slot on 20 February with the Minister of Education on 21 February. Members approved the exchange.

7.  Correspondence from the Committee on Procedures: Standing Order 27 – Voting/Divisions

7.1 Members noted a letter dated 16 January 2012 from the Chairperson of the Committee on Procedures, and an associated paper, in response to the Business Committee’s request, at the end of the last mandate, that the Committee on Procedures consider if the three minute period referred to in Standing Order 27(2) could be dispensed with in certain circumstances.

7.2  Members also noted a briefing paper from the clerk.

7.3  After discussion, it was agreed that members would consider the issues involved and seek to agree a way forward at the next meeting.

8.  Any Other Business

8.1  There was no other business.

9.  Date and Time of next meeting

8.1 Members agreed to meet at approximately 12.30pm on Tuesday 31 January 2012 in Room 106.

The Chairperson brought the meeting to a close at 13.00pm.

Mr William Hay

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