Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 28 November 2011

1. Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence. 

2. Speaker’s Business 

2.1 Public Petition - Reduction in Opening Hours of Community Libraries 

Mr Dominic Bradley was granted leave, in accordance with Standing Order 22, to present a Public Petition relating to the reduction in opening hours of community libraries. 

3. Executive Committee Business 

3.1 Statement - DEL Related Teacher Training Issues 

The Minister for Employment and Learning, Dr Stephen Farry, made a statement regarding DEL Related Teacher Training Issues, following which he replied to questions. 

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

3.2 Motion: Rates (Payments by Owners by Agreement) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 

Proposed: 

That the Rates (Payments by Owners by Agreement) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 be affirmed. 

Minister of Finance and Personnel 

Debate ensued. 

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

4. Committee Business 

4.1 (a) Motion - Amendment Standing Order 49A 

Proposed: 

Leave out Standing Order 49A and insert - 

‘Committee for Justice 

(1) The statutory committee established to advise and assist the Minister of Justice (in this Standing Order referred to as ‘the Committee for Justice’) shall – 

(a) review the operation of the amendments made by Schedules 2 to 5 to the Northern Ireland Act 2009; 

(b) report on its review by 30 April 2012; and 

(c) include in its report any recommendations it has for changes to the way in which judicial office holders are appointed and removed. 

(2) A person cannot be a member of the Committee for Justice if that person is a member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board, a district policing partnership or a sub-group of the Belfast district policing partnership.’ 

Chairperson, Committee on Procedures 

Debate ensued. 

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

4.2 (b) Motion - Amend Standing Orders 

Proposed: 

Leave out Standing Order 49B. 

Chairperson, Committee on Procedures 

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

4.3 (c) Motion - Amend Standing Order 59 

Proposed: 

In Standing Order 59, leave out paragraph (4A). 

Chairperson, Committee on Procedures 

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

4.4 (d) Motion - Amend Standing Order 65(6) 

Proposed: 

In Standing Order 65(6) line 2, leave out - 
', if he or she thinks it necessary, adjourn the Assembly without question put or suspend any sitting for one hour.' 
and insert - 
'- (a) suspend the sitting until a later time on that sitting day; or (b) adjourn the Assembly without question put.' 

Chairperson, Committee on Procedures 

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

5. Private Members’ Business 

5.1 Motion - School Closures in the SEELB Area 

Proposed: 

That this Assembly notes with concern the school closures announced within the South Eastern Education and Library Board area to date; is concerned that the Board is making these decisions ahead of the outcome of the review of schools being conducted by the Department of Education; is further concerned that, unlike all other Education and Library Boards, this Board is run by Commissioners with no political input; and calls on the Minister of Education to intervene on this important matter. 

Mr A Easton
Miss M McIlveen
Mr P Weir
Mrs B Hale 

5.2 Amendment 

Proposed: 

Leave out all after ‘Minister of Education’ and insert:
‘to postpone any decisions until the viability audit has been completed.’ 

Mr C McDevitt
Mrs K McKevitt 

Debate ensued. 

The Speaker took the Chair. 

The debate was suspended for Question Time. 

6. Question Time 

6.1 Agriculture and Rural Development 

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Michelle O’Neill. 

6.2 Environment 

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of the Environment, Mr Alex Attwood. 

7. Private Members’ Business (Cont’d) 

7.1 Motion - School Closures in the SEELB Area (Cont’d) 

Debate resumed on the Motion. 

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair. 

The Question being put, the Amendment was made without division.
The Question being put, the Motion, as amended, was carried without division. 

7.2 Motion - Retention and Release of Information from Police Officers 
Following receipt of a valid Petition of Concern (See Appendix 1), under Standing Order 28, Members were informed that the vote on the motion would be taken at the start of business on Tuesday 29 November. 

Proposed: 

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Justice to introduce effective measures to ensure that information and evidence provided by former or serving police officers is retained and released to any independent investigation into allegations of police wrongdoing. 

Mr P Sheehan
Mr G Kelly
Mr R McCartney
Ms J McCann 

7.3 Amendment 

The following Amendment stood on the Marshalled List of Amendments in the names of Mr B McCrea, Mr J McCallister and Mr R Hussey. 

Proposed: 

Leave out all after ‘released’ and insert: 
‘when necessary for any investigation.’ 
The Amendment was not moved. 
Debate ensued on the Motion. 

8. Adjournment 

Proposed: 
That the Assembly do now adjourn. 
The Speaker 
The Assembly adjourned at 6.15pm. 
Mr William HayThe Speaker 
28 November 2011 


Appendix 1 
NORTHERN IRELAND ASSEMBLY 

PETITION OF CONCERN 
MOTION: RETENTION AND RELEASE OF INFORMATION FROM POLICE OFFICERS 
Date to be debated: 28 NOVEMBER 2011
The undersigned Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly present this Petition of Concern in accordance with Standing Order 28. 
MR SYDNEY ANDERSON 
MR JONATHAN BELL 
MS PAULA BRADLEY 
MR THOMAS BUCHANAN 
MR GREGORY CAMPBELL 
MR TREVOR CLARKE 
MR JONATHAN CRAIG 
MR SAMMY DOUGLAS 
MR GORDON DUNNE 
MR ALEX EASTON 
MRS ARLENE FOSTER 
MR PAUL FREW 
MR PAUL GIRVAN 
MR PAUL GIVAN 
MRS BRENDA HALE 
MR SIMON HAMILTON 
MR DAVID HILDITCH 
MR WILLIAM HUMPHREY 
MR WILLIAM IRWIN 
MS PAM LEWIS 
MR NELSON MCCAUSLAND 
MR IAN MCCREA 
MR DAVID MCILVEEN 
MISS MICHELLE MCILVEEN 
MR ADRIAN MCQUILLAN 
THE LORD MORROW 
MR STEPHEN MOUTRAY 
MR ROBIN NEWTON 
MR EDWIN POOTS 
MR GEORGE ROBINSON 
RT HON PETER ROBINSON 
MR ALASTAIR ROSS 
MR JIMMY SPRATT 
MR MERVYN STOREY 
MR PETER WEIR 
MR JIM WELLS 
MR SAMMY WILSON 

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on23 -28 November 2011 

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 

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust Fund Accounts 2010-11 (DHSSPS) 

5. Assembly Reports 

6. Statutory Rules 
(The Department identified after each rule is for reference purposes only) 

7. Written Ministerial Statements 

8. Consultation Documents 
Defacement Removal Notices: Statutory Guidance for District Councils (DOE) 

9. Departmental Publications 

DETI: The Bioscience and Technology Institute (NIAO) 

10. Agency Publications 

11. Westminster Publications 

Education Act 2011 - Chapter 21 
Localism Act 2011 - Chapter 20 

12. Miscellaneous Publications 

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