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Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2013/2014

Date: 02 June 2014

Venue: Assembly Chamber

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

1. Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2. Speaker’s Business

3.1 Statement - North South Ministerial Council meeting in Health and Food Safety Sectoral format

The Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Mr Edwin Poots, made a statement regarding the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Health and Food Safety Sectoral format, following which he replied to questions.

The Speaker announced the death of Sir John Gorman, a former Member for the North Down constituency.

Members paid tribute to Sir John Gorman on behalf of their parties.

4. Committee Business

4.1 Motion – Prayer of Annulment Social Security (Habitual Residence) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014

A valid Petition of Concern was presented under Standing Order 28, on Friday 30 May 2014 in relation to the Motion (Appendix 1).   

Proposed:

That the Social Security (Habitual Residence) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 (S. R. 2014/133) be annulled.

Chairperson, Committee for Social Development

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

The Question being put, the Motion was negatived on a cross-community vote (Division1).

5. Private Members’ Business

5.1 Motion – Area Planning in the Education Sector

Proposed:

That this Assembly expresses serious concern regarding the ongoing area planning process in the education sector; notes the critical comments made in the Justice Treacy judgement on area planning and integrated education; further notes that the current process places no formal recognition or promotion of greater sharing between schools and sectors; believes that decisions made now will determine the shape of the education system for many years to come; and calls on the Minister of Education, in the absence of either an Education and Skills Authority or the reconstitution of Education and Library Boards, to suspend the current area planning process until there is clarity on the future strategic management of schools, and a long term vision for education in Northern Ireland is agreed.

Mr D Kinahan
Mrs J Dobson

5.2 Amendment

Proposed:

Proposed: Leave out all after ‘Assembly’ and insert:

‘recognises the need to rationalise the schools estate in a planned and managed way in the promotion of educational equality for all and that the ideal vehicle to manage Area Planning is the establishment of the Education and Skills Authority; further recognises that Area Planning can, and must, be progressed in the absence of the Education and Skills Authority for the educational well being of children; notes that the current process allows for the promotion of sharing between sectors; and calls on all sectors to redouble their efforts to bring forward proposals for greater sharing.’

Ms M Boyle
Mr C Hazzard

Debate ensued.

The debate was suspended for Question Time.

The Speaker took the Chair.

6. Question Time

6.1 Education  

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Education, Mr John O’Dowd.

6.2 Employment and Learning 

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister for Employment and Learning, Dr Stephen Farry.

7. Private Members’ Business (Cont’d)

7.1 Motion – Area Planning in the Education Sector (Cont’d)

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

Debate resumed.

The Question being put, the Amendment fell (Division 2).

The Question being put, the Motion was carried (Division 3).

7.2 Motion – Commemorating the Centenary of the Great War

Proposed:

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to provide funding for events and initiatives aimed at commemorating the centenary of the Great War.

Mr S Moutray
Miss M McIlveen
Mr S Anderson

Debate ensued.

The Speaker took the Chair.

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

8. Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 6.35pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
02 June 2014

Appendix 1

Northern Ireland Assembly

The undersigned Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly presented a Petition of Concern, in accordance with Standing Order 28, on Friday 30 May 2014 in relation to the following motion:

Prayer of Annulment Social Security (Habitual Residence) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 (S. R. 2014/133)

That the Social Security (Habitual Residence) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 (S. R. 2014/133) be annulled.

MR SYDNEY ANDERSON
MR JONATHAN BELL
MS PAULA BRADLEY
MR THOMAS BUCHANAN
MRS PAM CAMERON
MR GREGORY CAMPBELL
MR TREVOR CLARKE
MR JONATHAN CRAIG
MR SAMMY DOUGLAS
MR GORDON DUNNE
MR ALEX EASTON
MR PAUL GIRVAN
MR PAUL GIVAN
MRS BRENDA HALE
MR SIMON HAMILTON
MR DAVID HILDITCH
MR WILLIAM HUMPHREY
MR WILLIAM IRWIN
MR NELSON MCCAUSLAND
MR IAN MCCREA
MR DAVID MCILVEEN
MISS MICHELLE MCILVEEN
THE LORD MORROW
MR STEPHEN MOUTRAY
MR ROBIN NEWTON
MR GEORGE ROBINSON
MR PETER ROBINSON
MR ALASTAIR ROSS
MR JIMMY SPRATT
MR MERVYN STOREY
MR PETER WEIR
MR JIM WELLS
MR SAMMY WILSON

Northern Ireland Assembly

2 June 2014
Division 1

Motion – Prayer of Annulment Social Security (Habitual Residence) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 (S. R. 2014/133)

Proposed:

That the Social Security (Habitual Residence) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 (S. R. 2014/133) be annulled.

Chairperson, Committee for Social Development

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 56
Noes: 37

AYES

NATIONALIST:

Mr Attwood, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Byrne, Mr Durkan, Ms Fearon, Mr Hazzard, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer, Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCartney, Ms McCorley, Dr McDonnell, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGlone, Mr M McGuinness, Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McKinney, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr A Maginness, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Mr P Ramsey, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

UNIONIST:

Mr Beggs, Mr Copeland, Mr Cree, Mrs Dobson, Mr Elliott, Mr Hussey, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Mr McGimpsey, Mr Nesbitt, Mrs Overend, Mr Swann.

OTHER:

Mr Agnew, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Dickson, Ms Lo, Mr Lyttle, Mr McCarthy.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Brady and Mr F McCann.

NOES

UNIONIST:

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Mrs Cameron, Mr Campbell, Mr Clarke, Mr Craig, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mr McCallister, Mr McCausland, Mr I McCrea, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McQuillan, Lord Morrow, Mr Moutray, Mr Newton, Mr Poots, Mr G Robinson, Mr P Robinson, Mr Ross, Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Weir, Mr Wells, Mr Wilson.

Tellers for the Noes: Ms P Bradley and Mr Clarke.

Total votes                               93                                           Total Ayes                            56           [60.2%]

Nationalist Vote                      38                                           Nationalist Ayes                  38           [100.0%]

Unionist Votes                         49                                           Unionist Ayes                       12           [24.5%]

Other Votes                               6                                            Other Ayes                          6             [100.0%]

The Motion was negatived on a cross-community vote.

Northern Ireland Assembly

2 June 2014
Division 2

Motion – Area Planning in the Education Sector  - Amendment

Proposed:

Proposed: Leave out all after ‘Assembly’ and insert:

‘recognises the need to rationalise the schools estate in a planned and managed way in the promotion of educational equality for all and that the ideal vehicle to manage Area Planning is the establishment of the Education and Skills Authority; further recognises that Area Planning can, and must, be progressed in the absence of the Education and Skills Authority for the educational well being of children; notes that the current process allows for the promotion of sharing between sectors; and calls on all sectors to redouble their efforts to bring forward proposals for greater sharing.’

Ms M Boyle
Mr C Hazzard

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 25
Noes: 62

AYES

Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr Brady, Ms Fearon, Mr Hazzard, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer, Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCartney, Ms McCorley, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr M McGuinness, Mr McKay, Mr McMullan, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Ayes: Ms Fearon and Mr Hazzard

NOES

Mr Agnew, Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Attwood, Mr Beggs, Mr Bell, Mr D Bradley, Ms P Bradley, Mr Byrne, Mrs Cameron, Mr Campbell, Mr Clarke, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Durkan, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lo, Mr Lyttle, Mr McCallister, Mr McCarthy, Mr McCausland, Mr I McCrea, Dr McDonnell, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McKinney, Mr McQuillan, Mr A Maginness, Lord Morrow, Mr Moutray, Mr Nesbitt, Mr Newton, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Mr P Ramsey, Mr G Robinson, Mr P Robinson, Mr Rogers, Mr Ross, Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Swann, Mr Weir, Mr Wilson.

Tellers for the Noes: Mrs Dobson and Mr Kinahan

The Amendment fell.

Northern Ireland Assembly

2 June 2014
Division 3

Motion – Area Planning in the Education Sector

Proposed:

That this Assembly expresses serious concern regarding the ongoing area planning process in the education sector; notes the critical comments made in the Justice Treacy judgement on area planning and integrated education; further notes that the current process places no formal recognition or promotion of greater sharing between schools and sectors; believes that decisions made now will determine the shape of the education system for many years to come; and calls on the Minister of Education, in the absence of either an Education and Skills Authority or the reconstitution of Education and Library Boards, to suspend the current area planning process until there is clarity on the future strategic management of schools, and a long term vision for education in Northern Ireland is agreed.

Mr D Kinahan
Mrs J Dobson

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 62
Noes: 25

AYES

Mr Agnew, Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Attwood, Mr Beggs, Mr Bell, Mr D Bradley, Ms P Bradley, Mr Byrne, Mrs Cameron, Mr Campbell, Mr Clarke, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Durkan, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lo, Mr Lyttle, Mr McCallister, Mr McCarthy, Mr McCausland, Mr I McCrea, Dr McDonnell, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McKinney, Mr McQuillan, Mr A Maginness, Lord Morrow, Mr Moutray, Mr Nesbitt, Mr Newton, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Mr P Ramsey, Mr G Robinson, Mr P Robinson, Mr Rogers, Mr Ross, Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Swann, Mr Weir, Mr Wilson.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mrs Dobson and Mr Kinahan

NOES

Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr Brady, Ms Fearon, Mr Hazzard, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer, Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCartney, Ms McCorley, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr M McGuinness, Mr McKay, Mr McMullan, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Noes: Ms Fearon and Mr Hazzard

The Motion was carried.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
28 May – 2 June 2014

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

Inspection Report on Community Restorative Justice Ireland - North Belfast and South and East Belfast schemes (DOJ).

Northern Ireland Estimates 2014-2015 (DFP).

Laying of the Annual Report from the Northern Ireland Lay Observer (DFP).

Retention and Disposal Schedule (DCAL).

Northern Ireland Audit Office Improving Social Housing Standards through Stock Transfer (NIAO)

5. Assembly Reports

Inquiry into the Education and Training Inspectorate and the School Improvement Process (NIA 132/11-15) Committee for Education.

6. Statutory Rules

S.R. 2014/143 The Business Improvement Districts (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 (DSD).

S.R. 2014/150 The Jobseekers Allowance (Schemes for Assisting Persons to Obtain Employment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 (DSD).

S.R. 2014/XXX Draft - The Business Improvement Districts (Miscellaneous) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 (DSD).

For Information Only:

S.R. 2014/149 The Road Races (Cairncastle Hill Climb) Order (Northern Ireland) 2014 (DRD).

7.    Written Ministerial Statements

8.    Consultation Documents

9.    Departmental Publications

10. Agency Publications

11.  Westminster Publications

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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