Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: 10 December 2012

Venue: Assembly Chamber

As agreed by the Business Committee the Assembly met at 10.30am to debate a motion tabled by the First Minister and deputy First Minister, with the Speaker in the Chair.

1. Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2. Executive Committee Business
2.1 Motion - Recent Unrest
Proposed:

That this Assembly unequivocally condemns the rioting and the campaign of intimidation, harassment and violent attacks on elected representatives following the decision of Belfast City Council in relation to the flying of the Union Flag; expresses its sympathy to all those who have been attacked, injured or threatened with attack in recent days, including police officers, elected representatives and their staff; reaffirms the absolute and unconditional commitment of all its Members to respecting and upholding the rule of law and the pursuit of their political objectives by purely legal and political means; and insists that any further protests be peaceful, orderly and organised in accordance with the law.

Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister

Debate ensued.

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

2.2 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, held on 21 November 2012, following which he replied to questions.

2.3 Statement - Salmon Conversation

The Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Ms Carál Ní Chuilín, advised the House that she was not in a position to make her statement, and apologised that Members had not received a copy of the statement.

2.4 Motion - Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Automatic Enrolment) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012
Proposed:

That the Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Automatic Enrolment) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 be approved.

Minister for Social Development

Debate ensued.

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

2.5 Motion - Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Automatic Enrolment) (Amendment No.3) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012
Proposed:

That the Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Automatic Enrolment) (Amendment No.3) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 be approved.

Minister for Social Development

Debate ensued.

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

2.6 Motion - Pension Protection Fund (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012
Proposed:

That the Pension Protection Fund (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 be approved.

Minister for Social Development

Debate ensued.

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

3. Committee Business
3.1 Motion - Review of the Reduction in the Number of Northern Ireland Departments
Proposed:

That this Assembly notes the Report of the Assembly and Executive Review Committee on its Review of the Number of Members of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly and of the reduction in the Number of Northern Ireland Departments: Part 2 - Reduction in the Number of Northern Ireland Departments.

Chairperson, Assembly and Executive Review Committee

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

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

The sitting was suspended at 1.25pm.

The sitting resumed at 2.30pm, with the Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) in the Chair.

4. Question Time

4.1 Education

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

4.2 Employment and Learning

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

5. Adjournment
Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 3.31pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
10 December 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
5 - 10 December 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

The Commissioner for Children and Young People for Northern Ireland Annual Report and Accounts for year ended 31 March 2012 (OFMDFM)

Waterways Ireland Annual Report and Accounts 2011 (DFP)

The North/South Language Body Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2009 (DCAL)

5. Assembly Reports
6. Statutory Rules

(The department identified after each rule is for reference purposes only)

  • S.R. 2012/426 The Occupational Pensions (Revaluation) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)
  • S.R. 2012/431 The Rules of the Court of Judicature (Northern Ireland) (Amendment No. 3) 2012 (DOJ)
  • S.R. 2012/437 The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2012/438 The Child Support (Meaning of Child and New Calculation Rules) (Consequential and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)
  • S.R. 2012/439 The Child Support (Management of Payments and Arrears) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)

For Information Only:

  • S.R. 2012/421 Local Government (Boundaries) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2012/423 (C.43) The Child Maintenance (2008 Act) (Commencement No.9) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)
  • S.R. 2012/424 (C.44) The Welfare Reform (2012 Act) (Commencement No. 5) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)
  • S.R. 2012/430 The Magistrates' Courts (Costs in Criminal Cases) (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOJ)
  • S.R. 2012/432 The Loading Bays on Roads (Amendment No. 5) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2012/433 The Parking Places, Loading Bay and Waiting Restrictions (Randalstown) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2012/434 The Parking Places on Roads (Donaghmore) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
7. Written Ministerial Statements

Northern Health and Social Care Trust (DHSSPS)

8. Consultation Documents

Rathlin Island European Marine Site Management Scheme (DOE)

9. Departmental Publications

Review of the Efficiency Delivery Programme (NIAO)

Taking Boys Seriously: A Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Male School-Life Experiences in Northern Ireland (DE)

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

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