Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: 12 November 2012

Venue: Assembly Chamber

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

1. Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2. Assembly Business

2.1 Motion - Extension of sitting on Monday 12 November 2012 under SO 10(3A)

Proposed:

That, in accordance with Standing Order 10(3A), the sitting on Monday 12 November 2012 be extended to no later than 8.00pm.

Mr P Ramsey

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

3. Executive Committee Business

3.1 Statement - Public Expenditure 2012-13 October Monitoring Round and the 2013-14 and 2014-15 Budget Realignment

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, made a statement regarding the Public Expenditure 2012-13 October Monitoring Round and the 2013-14 and 2014-15 Budget Realignment, following which he replied to questions.

3.2 Motion - Draft Local Government (Indemnities for Members and Officers) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012

Proposed:

That the draft Local Government (Indemnities for Members and Officers) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 be approved.

Minister of the Environment

Debate ensued.

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

4. Committee Business

4.1 Motion - Extension of Committee Stage: Civil Service (Special Advisers) Bill

Proposed:

That, in accordance with Standing Order 33(4), the period referred to in Standing Order 33(2) be extended to 15 February 2013, in relation to the Committee Stage of the Civil Service (Special Advisers) Bill (NIA Bill 12/11-15).

Chairperson, Committee for Finance and Personnel

Debate ensued.

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

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

5. Private Members’ Business

5.1 Motion - Funding for Boxing

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes the recent announcement by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure in relation to funding for boxing; acknowledges the boxing strategy being developed by Belfast City Council, in conjunction with Sport NI, and the club development plan being produced by the Ulster Provincial Boxing Council; recognises that there is a need to develop boxing in working class Protestant areas; and calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to ensure that the funding is allocated equitably across communities to fill identifiable gaps in provision for the sport, in keeping with her Department's section 75 responsibilities.

Miss M McIlveen
Mr P Weir
Mr S Douglas
Mr W Humphrey

5.2 Amendment No.1

Proposed:

Leave out all after ‘notes’ and insert:

‘with concern the findings of Sandy Row Amateur Boxing Club’s (SRABC) recent report; further notes the recent announcement by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure in relation to funding for boxing; acknowledges the boxing strategy being developed by Belfast City Council, in conjunction with Sport NI, and the club development plan being produced by the Ulster Provincial Boxing Council, but regrets the Council’s failure to address the issue of sectarianism highlighted in the report by SRABC; recognises that there is a need to develop boxing in working class Protestant areas; calls for a Northern Ireland Amateur Boxing Association to be established in order to afford  boxers from Northern Ireland the opportunity to compete for the UK at international level; and further calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to ensure that the funding is allocated equitably across communities to fill identifiable gaps in provision for the sport, in keeping with her Department's section 75 responsibilities.

Mr J Allister

5.3 Amendment No.2

Proposed:

Leave out all after ‘develop boxing’ and insert:

‘; and calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to ensure that the funding is allocated on the basis of need to fill identifiable gaps in provision for the sport, in keeping with her Department’s section 75 responsibilities and to ensure that all clubs uphold the highest standards of Good Relations and the Equality Standards in sport.’

Mr D Bradley
Mrs K McKevitt

Debate ensued.

The debate was suspended for Question Time.

6. Question Time

6.1 Social Development

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister for Social Development, Mr Nelson McCausland.

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. Private Members’ Business (Cont’d)

7.1 Motion - Funding for Boxing (Cont’d)

Debate resumed on the motion.

The Question being put, Amendment No.1 was carried (Division 1).

Amendment No. 2 was not put.

The Question being put, the Motion, as amended, was carried (Division 2).

7.2 Motion - Construction Industry

Proposed:

That this Assembly recognises the current plight of the construction industry; and calls on the Executive to prioritise the proposed maintenance and capital spending plans of each Department, to stimulate the local economy and support jobs within the construction industry.

Mr P McGlone
Mr J Byrne
Dr A McDonnell

7.3 Amendment

Proposed:

Leave out all after ‘Department,’ and insert:

‘to encourage and facilitate more investment in public private infrastructure projects during this Assembly mandate, and to lobby Her Majesty’s Treasury for a reduced rate of VAT for the repair, maintenance and improvement of existing dwellings to stimulate the local economy and support jobs within the construction industry.’

Mrs S Overend
Mr M Nesbitt

Debate ensued.

The Speaker 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.

7.4 Motion - Diabetes Strategy

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes the increase in the number of people diagnosed with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes; further notes the specific increase in Type 1 diabetes amongst children; acknowledges the cost to the Health Service of managing diabetes; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to introduce urgently a properly resourced diabetes strategy. 

Mr P Ramsey
Mr T Buchanan
Mr F Molloy
Mr R Beggs
Mr S Dickson

Debate ensued.

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 7.23pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker

12 November 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly

12 November 2012
Division 1

Funding for Boxing - Amendment No. 1

Proposed:

Leave out all after ‘notes’ and insert:

‘with concern the findings of Sandy Row Amateur Boxing Club’s (SRABC) recent report; further notes the recent announcement by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure in relation to funding for boxing; acknowledges the boxing strategy being developed by Belfast City Council, in conjunction with Sport NI, and the club development plan being produced by the Ulster Provincial Boxing Council, but regrets the Council’s failure to address the issue of sectarianism highlighted in the report by SRABC; recognises that there is a need to develop boxing in working class Protestant areas; calls for a Northern Ireland Amateur Boxing Association to be established in order to afford  boxers from Northern Ireland the opportunity to compete for the UK at international level; and further calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to ensure that the funding is allocated equitably across communities to fill identifiable gaps in provision for the sport, in keeping with her Department's section 75 responsibilities.

Mr J Allister

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 47

Noes: 42

Ayes

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Ms P Bradley, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Clarke, Mr Copeland,
Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Mr Frew,
Mr Gardiner, Mr Girvan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Mr McCallister, Mr McCausland, Mr McClarty, Mr I McCrea, Mr McGimpsey,
Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McNarry, Mr McQuillan, Lord Morrow, Mr Moutray,
Mr Nesbitt, Mr Newton, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Mr G Robinson, Mr Ross, Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Swann, Mr Weir, Mr Wells, Mr Wilson.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Allister and Mr McNarry.

Noes

Mr Agnew, Mr Attwood, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Byrne, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Dickson, Mr Durkan, Mr Eastwood, Dr Farry, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Ford, Mr G Kelly,
Ms Lo, Mr Lunn, Mr Lynch, Mr Lyttle, Mr McAleer, Mr F McCann, Mr McCarthy, Mr McCartney,
Ms McCorley, Mr McDevitt, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGlone, Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt, Ms Maeve McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr A Maginness, Mr Maskey, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mr P Ramsey, Ms S Ramsey, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr Eastwood and Mr Ó hOisín.

The Amendment was made.

Northern Ireland Assembly

12 November 2012
Division 2

Funding for Boxing - Motion as amended

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes with concern the findings of Sandy Row Amateur Boxing Club’s (SRABC) recent report; further notes the recent announcement by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure in relation to funding for boxing; acknowledges the boxing strategy being developed by Belfast City Council in conjunction with Sport NI and the club development plan being produced by the Ulster provincial boxing council but regrets the council’s failure to address the issue of sectarianism highlighted in the report by SRABC; recognises that there is a need to develop boxing in working-class Protestant areas; calls for a Northern Ireland amateur boxing association to be established in order to afford boxers from Northern Ireland the opportunity to compete for the UK at international level; and further calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to ensure that the funding is allocated equitably across communities to fill identifiable gaps in provision for the sport, in keeping with her Department's section 75 responsibilities.

The Question, as amended, was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 48

Noes: 42

Ayes

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Ms P Bradley, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Clarke, Mr Copeland,
Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Mr Frew,
Mr Gardiner, Mr Girvan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Mr McCallister, Mr McCausland, Mr McClarty, Mr B McCrea, Mr I McCrea,
Mr McGimpsey, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McNarry, Mr McQuillan, Lord Morrow,
Mr Moutray, Mr Nesbitt, Mr Newton, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Mr G Robinson, Mr Ross, Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Swann, Mr Weir, Mr Wells, Mr Wilson.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr McQuillan and Mr G Robinson.

Noes

Mr Agnew, Mr Attwood, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Byrne, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Dickson, Mr Durkan, Mr Eastwood, Dr Farry, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Ford, Mr G Kelly,
Ms Lo, Mr Lunn, Mr Lynch, Mr Lyttle, Mr McAleer, Mr F McCann, Mr McCarthy, Mr McCartney,
Ms McCorley, Mr McDevitt, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGlone, Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt, Ms Maeve McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr A Maginness, Mr Maskey, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mr P Ramsey, Ms S Ramsey, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr Eastwood and Mr Ó hOisín.

The Motion, as amended, was carried.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
07 - 12 November 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

Child Maintenance and Enforcement Division Annual Report on Decision Making 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012 (DSD)

Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service Trust Fund Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2012 (DHSSPS)

Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute 2011-2012 Annual Report and Statement of Accounts (DARD)

5. Assembly Reports

6. Statutory Rules

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

  • S.R. 2012/393 Superannuation (Commission for Victims and Survivors for Northern Ireland) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DFP)
  • S.R. 2012/399 The Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
  • Draft S.R. 2012. The Single Use Carrier Bags Charge Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
  • Draft S.R. 2012. The Licensing (Irresponsible Drinks Promotions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)
  • Draft S.R. 2012. The Registration of Clubs (Irresponsible Drinks Promotions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)

For Information Only:

  • S.R. 2012/330 (C.29) The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (2007 Order) (Commencement No.7) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DHSSPS)
  • S.R. 2012/388 (C.37) Commissioner for Older People Act 2011 (Commencement) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (OFMDFM)
  • S.R. 2012/402 The County Court (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOJ)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

Announcement of the Executive’s Economy and Jobs Initiative (OFMDFM)

8. Consultation Documents

Taxis Act (NI) 2008 Special Occasion and Novelty Vehicles (DOE)

9. Departmental Publications

Attorney General for Northern Ireland Annual Report 2011/12 (OFMDFM)

Property Asset Management in Central Government (NIAO)

10. Agency Publications

11. Westminster Publications

Mental Health (Approval Functions) Act 2012 Chapter 18

Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Act 2012 Chapter 16

European Union (Approval of Treaty Amendment Decision) Act 2012 Chapter 15

Local Government Finance Act 2012 Chapter 17

Correction to Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 Chapter 10

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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