Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 25 June 2012

Venue: Assembly Chamber

The Assembly met at noon, the Speaker in the Chair.

1. Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2. Assembly Business

2.1 Resignations

The Speaker informed Members that he had received letters from Mr Pat Doherty, Ms Michelle Gildernew, Mr Paul Maskey and Mr Conor Murphy resigning as Members of the Assembly with effect from noon on Monday 2 July 2012. The Speaker advised that he had notified the Chief Electoral Officer, in accordance with Section 35 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

3. Executive Committee Business

3.1 Motion - Suspend Standing Orders

Proposed:

That Standing Orders 10(2) to 10(4) be suspended for 25 June 2012.

Minister of Finance and Personnel

The Question being put, the Motion was carried with cross-community support nemine contradicente.

3.2 Statement - Capital Investment: The Next Steps

The Minister of Education, Mr John O’Dowd, made a statement regarding Capital Investment: The Next Steps, following which he replied to questions.

3.4 First Stage - Business Improvement Districts Bill (NIA 9/11-15)

The Minister for Social Development, Mr Nelson McCausland, introduced a Bill to make provision for business improvement districts and for connected purposes.

Bill passed First Stage and ordered to be printed.

3.5 First Stage - Criminal Justice Bill (NIA 10/11-15)

The Minister of Justice, Mr David Ford, introduced a Bill to amend the law relating to sex offender notification, sexual offences prevention orders and human trafficking and to provide for the destruction, retention, use and other regulation of certain fingerprints and DNA samples and profiles.

Bill passed First Stage and ordered to be printed.

3.6 Motion - Draft Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide (2007 Act) (Commencement) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012

Proposed:

That the draft Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide (2007 Act) (Commencement) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 be approved.

Minister of Justice

Debate ensued.

The Question being put, the Motion was carried without division.

3.7 Motion - Draft Race Relations Order 1997 (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012

Proposed:

That the draft Race Relations Order 1997 (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 be approved.

First Minister and deputy First Minister

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

The Question being put, the Motion was carried without division.

3.8 Second Stage - Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse Bill (NIA 7/11-15)

The junior Minister, Mr Jonathan Bell, moved the Second Stage of the Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse Bill (NIA 7/11-15).

Debate ensued.

The debate was suspended for Question Time.

4. Question Time

4.1 Justice

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Justice, Mr David Ford.

4.2 Regional Development

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister for Regional Development, Mr Danny Kennedy.

5. Question for Urgent Oral Answer

5.1 Benefit claimants affected by ongoing problems at the Ulster Bank

The Minister for Social Development, Mr Nelson McCausland, responded to a Question for Urgent Oral Answer, tabled by Mr Phil Flanagan.

5.2 Backlog of unreported x-rays at Royal Victoria Hospital

The Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Mr Edwin Poots, responded to a Question for Urgent Oral Answer, tabled by Ms Sue Ramsey, Chairperson of the Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety.  

6. Executive Committee Business (Cont’d)

6.1 Second Stage - Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse Bill (NIA 7/11-15) (Cont’d)

Debate resumed on the motion.

The Principal Deputy Speaker (Mr Molloy) took the Chair.    

The Inquiry into Historical Abuse Bill passed Second Stage.

6.2 Second Stage - Budget (No.2) Bill (NIA 8/11-15)

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, moved the Second Stage of the Budget (No.2) Bill (NIA 8/11-15). 

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

The Budget (No.2) Bill passed Second Stage with cross-community support.

7. Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 7.43pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
25 June 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
20 - 25 June 2012

1. Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly

2. Bills of the Northern Ireland Assembly

3. Orders in Council

4. Publications Laid in the Northern Ireland Assembly

Legislative Consent Memorandum - Local Government Finance Bill (DFP)

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment Disposal and Retention Schedule (DCAL/PRONI)

5. Assembly Reports

Report on the Unauthorised Disclosure of a Draft Report of the Public Accounts Committee (NIA 60/11-15) (Committee on Standards and Privileges)

Report on the Inquiry into the Criminal Justice Services available to Victims and Witnesses of Crime in Northern Ireland (NIA 31/11-15) (Committee for Justice)

6. Statutory Rules

  • S.R. 2012/241 The Plant Health (Amendment No.2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DARD)

For Information Only:

  • S.R. 2012/242 The Road Races (Armoy Motorcycle Race) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/243 The Waiting Restrictions (Londonderry) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/245 The Industrial Training Levy (Construction Industry) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DEL)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

8. Consultation Documents

Consultation on Proposals to Extend the Use of Live Links in Court (DOJ)

9. Departmental Publications

10. Agency Publications

11. Westminster Publications

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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