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Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2013/2014

Date: 07 April 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. Matter of the Day

2.1 Lough Ree fishing boat tragedy

Mr Sydney Anderson made a statement, under Standing Order 24, in relation to the Lough Ree fishing boat tragedy. Other Members were also called to speak on the matter.

3. Executive Committee Business

3.1 Statement – Rating issues associated with the Review of Public Administration

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Simon Hamilton, made a statement regarding the rating issues associated with the Review of Public Administration, following which he replied to questions.

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

3.2 Final Stage – Licensing of Pavement Cafés Bill (NIA 24/11-15)

The Minister for Social Development, Mr Nelson McCausland, moved that the Final Stage of the Licensing of Pavement Cafés Bill (NIA 24/11-15) do now pass.

Debate ensued.

The Licensing of Pavement Cafés Bill (NIA 24/11-15) passed Final Stage.

4. Assembly Business

4.1 Motion - Extension of sitting on Monday 7 April 2014 under Standing Order 10(3A)

Proposed:

That, in accordance with Standing Order 10(3A), the sitting on Monday 7 April 2014 be extended to no later than 9.00pm.

Mr P Ramsey

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

5. Committee Business

5.1 Motion – Assembly Committees European Priorities 2014 Report

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes the Report of the Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (NIA 59/11-15) on Assembly Committees European Priorities for 2014.

Chairperson, Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister

Debate ensued.

The debate was suspended for Question Time.

The Speaker took the Chair.

6. Question Time

6.1 Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Mr Edwin Poots.

6.2 Justice

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

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

7. Committee Business (Cont’d)

7.1 Motion – Assembly Committees European Priorities 2014 Report

Debate resumed.

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

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

7.2 Motion – Report on the Review of Petitions of Concern

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes the Report of the Assembly and Executive Review Committee on its Review of Petitions of Concern (NIA 166/11-15).

Chairperson, Assembly and Executive Review Committee

Debate ensued.

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

7.3 Motion – Salary of the Comptroller and Auditor General

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes that the salary paid to the holder of the office of Comptroller and Auditor General has not increased since 1 April 2009; determines that from the date of this resolution, until such time as the Assembly makes a further determination, the salary to be paid, under Article 4(1) of the Audit (Northern Ireland) Order 1987, to the holder of the office of Comptroller and Auditor General, shall be the same as that recommended for a judge in salary group 5 in the Thirty-Sixth Annual Report on Senior Salaries 2014 (Cm 8822); and notes that this amounts to an increase of 0.95 per cent.

Chairperson, Audit Committee

Debate ensued.

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

8. Private Members’ Business

8.1 Motion – Prayer of Annulment Civil Service Compensation Scheme (Amendment) Scheme (Northern Ireland) 2014

A valid Petition of Concern was presented under Standing Order 28, on Friday 4 April 2014 in relation to the Motion (Appendix 1).   

Proposed:

That the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (Amendment) Scheme (Northern Ireland) 2014 be annulled.

Mr D Bradley
Mr J Dallat
Mr A Maginness

Debate ensued.

The Speaker took the Chair.

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

9. Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 7.26pm.

Mr William Hay

The Speaker

7 April 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 4 April 2014 in relation to the following motion:

Report on the Review of Petitions of Concern

That this Assembly notes the Report of the Assembly and Executive Review Committee on its Review of Petitions of Concern (NIA 166/11-15).

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
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
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
MR PETER ROBINSON
MR ALASTAIR ROSS
MR JIMMY SPRATT
MR MERVYN STOREY
MR PETER WEIR
MR JIM WELLS
MR SAMMY WILSON

Northern Ireland Assembly

7 April 2014
Division

Motion – Prayer of Annulment Civil Service Compensation Scheme (Amendment) Scheme (Northern Ireland) 2014

Proposed:

That the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (Amendment) Scheme (Northern Ireland) 2014 be annulled.

Mr D Bradley
Mr J Dallat
Mr A Maginness

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 20
Noes: 46

AYES

NATIONALIST:

Mr Attwood, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Byrne, Mr Eastwood, Ms Fearon, Mr G Kelly,
Mr F McCann, Ms McCorley, Dr McDonnell, Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McKinney,
Mr A Maginness, Mr Maskey, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr P Ramsey, Mr Rogers, Mr Sheehan.

OTHER:

Mr Agnew.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Byrne and Mr Rogers.

NOES

UNIONIST:

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Beggs, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Mr Buchanan, Mrs Cameron,
Mr Campbell, Mr Clarke, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton,
Mr Elliott, Mr Frew, Mr Gardiner, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey,
Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Mr McCausland, Mr I McCrea, Mr D McIlveen,
Miss M McIlveen, Mr McQuillan, Lord Morrow, Mr Moutray, Mr Nesbitt, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Mr G Robinson, Mr P Robinson, Mr Ross, Mr Storey, Mr Swann, Mr Weir, Mr Wells, Mr Wilson.

OTHER:

Mrs Cochrane, Ms Lo.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr I McCrea and Mr D McIlveen.

Total votes                               66                                           Total Ayes                            20           [30.3%]

Nationalist Vote                      19                                           Nationalist Ayes                  19           [100.0%]

Unionist Votes                         44                                           Unionist Ayes                       0              [0.0%]

Other Votes                               3                                            Other Ayes                          1             [33.3%]

The following Member voted in both Lobbies and is therefore not counted in the result:
Mr McCallister.

The Motion was negatived on a cross-community vote.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
2 - 7 April 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

Northern Ireland Police Fund Annual Report and Accounts 2012-13 (DOJ)

Victims and Survivors Service Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2013 (OFMDFM)

Police Rehabilitation and Training Trust Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2013 (DOJ)

Futures (NI) Ltd Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2013 (DOJ)

The Pollution Prevention and Control (Industrial Emmissions – NIEA) Charging Scheme (Northern Ireland) 2014 (DOE)

The Radioactive Substances (Fees and Charges) Scheme (Northern Ireland) 2014 (DOE)

5. Assembly Reports
6. Statutory Rules          

S. R. 2014/101 The Registered Rents (Increase) Order (Northern Ireland) 2014 (DSD)

S. R. 2014/103 The Secure Tenancies (Notice) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 (DSD)

S. R. 2014/105 The Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 (DSD)

For Information Only:

S. R. 2014/99 The Pensions Increase (Review) Northern Ireland 2014 (DFP)

7. Written Ministerial Statements
8. Consultation Documents
9. Departmental Publications

The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Charging Scheme (Northern Ireland) 2014 (DOE)

10. Agency Publications
11. Westminster Publications
12. Miscellaneous Publications

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