Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 12 December 2011

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  Withdrawal from EU Summit Agreement

Ms Margaret Ritchie made a statement, under Standing Order 24, in relation to the withdrawal of the UK from the EU Summit Agreement. Party representatives were also called to speak on the matter.

3.    Executive Committee Business

3.1  Statement - North South Ministerial Council meeting in Aquaculture and Marine Sectoral Format

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Michelle O’Neill, made a statement regarding the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Aquaculture and Marine sectoral format, held on 14 October 2011, following which she replied to questions.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

3.2  Statement - North South Ministerial Council meeting in Agriculture Sectoral Format

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Michelle O’Neill, made a statement regarding the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Agriculture sectoral format, held on 26 October 2011, following which she replied to questions.

3.3  Statement - Intergovernmental Agreement on Criminal Justice Co-operation

The Minister of Justice, Mr David Ford, made a statement regarding the Intergovernmental Agreement on Criminal Justice Co-operation, following which he replied to questions.

4.    Private Members’ Business

4.1  Motion - Cancer Drugs Fund

Proposed:

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to give consideration to the creation of a cancer drugs fund.

Mr A Ross
Mr P Weir

Debate ensued.

The Speaker took the Chair.

The debate was suspended for Question Time.

5.    Question Time

5.1  Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister

Questions were put to, and answered by, the First Minister, the Rt Hon Peter Robinson. Junior Minister, Mr Jonathan Bell, also answered a number of questions.

5.2  Culture, Arts and Leisure

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Ms Carál Ní Chuilín.

6.    Private Members’ Business (Cont’d)

6.1  Motion - Cancer Drugs Fund (Cont’d)

Debate resumed on the Motion. 

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

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

6.2  Motion - Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People in or Missing from Care

Proposed:

That this Assembly expresses deep concern at the findings of the Barnardo’s report ‘Not a World Away’, which exposes the level of risk of sexual exploitation for children and young people in or missing from care; calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to ensure that all legislation is used to protect those children who are exposed to this risk, and that the perpetrators of sexual crimes against these children and young people are brought before the courts; and further calls on all Ministers to work together to provide the support and help that these children and young people need to keep them safe from sexual predators.

Mr S Lynch
Ms J McCann
Mr F Molloy

6.2  Amendment

Proposed:

After ‘together’ insert:

‘, and with their counterparts in the Republic of Ireland, ’

Mr M Durkan
Mr C Eastwood
Mr C McDevitt

Debate ensued.

The Question being put, the Amendment was made without division.

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

7.    Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 5.15pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
12 December 2011

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
6 - 12 December 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

Northern Ireland Tourist Board Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2011 (NITB)

Food Safety Promotion Board Annual Report 2010 (DHSSPS)

Northern Ireland Assembly - Disposal and Retention Schedule (DCAL/PRONI)

National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2011 (DCAL)

5.    Assembly Reports

6.    Statutory Rules

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

  • S.R. 2011/402 The Pollution Prevention and Control (Amendment No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2011/403 The Waste Management Licensing (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2011/405 The Banning Orders (Prescribed Persons) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DOJ)
  • S.R. 2011/407 The Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DARD)
  • S.R. 2011/408 Police Service of Northern Ireland and Police Service of Northern Ireland Reserve (Full-Time) (Severance) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (DOJ)
  • S.R. 2011/410 Superannuation (Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DFP)
  • S.R. 2011/415 The Occupational Pensions (Revaluation) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DSD)
  • S.R. 2011/419 The Criminal Appeal (Prosecution Appeals) (Banning Orders) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DOJ)
  • S.R. 2011/420 The Crown Court (Amendment No.2) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DOJ)
  • Draft SR 2011/ The Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DHSSPS)

For Information Only:

  • S.R. 2011/413 The One-Way Traffic (Belfast) (Amendment No.4) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2011/417 The Magistrates' Courts (Banning Orders) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DOJ)
  • S.R. 2011/418 The Magistrates' Courts (Amendment No.2) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DOJ)
  • S.R. 2011/421 The County Court (Amendment No.3) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DOJ)

7.    Written Ministerial Statements

Alleged security breaches in relation to post-primary school entrance test papers of November 2009: report of the Department of Education’s investigation (DE)

8.    Consultation Documents

Consultation on Proposed Increases to Contributions for Members of the NI Teachers' Pension Scheme – Supplement (DE)

Consultation on the Model of Shared Services for Implementation in Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland (DHSSPS)

Consultation on the proposals to close Hearing Centres at Bangor, Larne, Limavady, Magherafelt and Strabane Courthouses (DOJ)

Discussion Paper on the Future Administration and Structure of Tribunals in Northern Ireland (DOJ)

9.    Departmental Publications

Northern Ireland Tourist Board - Review of the Signature Projects (NIAO)

Addendum to Appendix 4 of the Department for Social Development Proposals for a Pensions Bill Completed Equality Impact Assessment - Summary of responses to Consultation and the Department's replies (DSD)

10.  Agency Publications

11.  Westminster Publications

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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