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

Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2013/2014

Date: 25 June 2013

Venue: Room 106, Parliament Buildings

1. Apologies

1.1 The Speaker thanked Ms Ruane and Mr Weir for taking the chair at the last two meetings.

1.2 Apologies were noted from Mr Gerry Kelly and Mr Stewart Dickson, and the Speaker welcomed Mr McCarthy as the Alliance substitute.

2. Minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 18 June 2013

2.1 The minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 18 June were agreed and signed by the Speaker.

3. Matters arising

3.1 There were no matters arising.

4. Finalisation of the Order Papers for the plenary meetings in week commencing 1 July 2013

Assembly Business

4.1 Members noted a letter from the First Minister and deputy First Minister requesting that the Assembly notify them of the name of a replacement for Mr Francie Molloy on the Committee of the Regions.

Members further noted that the framework for party representation on the delegation was agreed by the Business Committee on 8 September 2009, and that the nomination lay with Sinn Féin.

Members therefore agreed to schedule a business motion to nominate Ms Megan Fearon as a replacement for Mr Francie Molloy on the delegation to the Committee of the Regions, on Monday 1 July.

Executive Business

4.2 Members noted that there was no change to the Executive business scheduled previously for Monday 1 July, but that further Ministerial statements could be expected.

4.3 Members noted that, as five working days must pass between Bill Stages, it was now not possible to schedule the Further Consideration Stage of the Planning Bill for Tuesday 2 July. However, it was noted that Ministerial statements could be expected on that day.

Committee Business

4.4 There was no change to the Committee business scheduled previously for either day.

Private Members' Business

4.5 Members agreed to schedule the presentation of three public petitions on Monday 1 July - Mr Stephen Moutray regarding the future of the Dickson Plan in Craigavon; Mr Joe Byrne regarding the closure of a number of schools in the Western Education and Library Board area; and Mrs Sandra Overend regarding the future of Westlands Home in Cookstown.

4.6 Members noted that there was no change to the Private Members' business scheduled previously for either day.

4.7 Mr Rogers confirmed that no further Executive business was expected at this stage.

4.8 The draft Order Papers were agreed.

5. Any other business

5.1 The Speaker referred members to a letter which had issued to the Chairperson of the Committee on Procedures, as agreed at the meeting on Tuesday 11 June.

5.2 The Speaker reminded members that they should collect their tablet computers as soon as possible from the IS Office, as all Committees would be phasing in their use following the summer recess.

6. Date and Time of next meeting

6.1 The Speaker thanked members for their support throughout the session; and it was agreed to meet at 12.30pm on Tuesday 3 September in Room 106.

The Speaker brought the meeting to a close at 12.40pm.

The Speaker

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