Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2013/2014

Date: 13 January 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  Death of Mr Paul Goggins MP

Dr Alasdair McDonnell made a statement, under Standing Order 24, in relation to the death of Mr Paul Goggins MP.  Other Members were also called to speak on the matter.

2.2  Impact of coastal flooding

Miss Michelle McIlveen made a statement, under Standing Order 24, in relation to the impact of coastal flooding. Other Members were also called to speak on the matter.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

3.    Assembly Business

3.1  Motion - Extension of sitting on Monday 13 January 2014 under Standing Order 10(3A)

Proposed:

That, in accordance with Standing Order 10(3A), the sitting on Monday 13 January 2014 be extended to no later than 9.00pm.

Mr P Ramsey

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

4.    Executive Committee Business

4.1  Statement - Report on the Review of Apprenticeships

The Minister for Employment and Learning, Dr Stephen Farry made a statement regarding the Report on the Review of Apprenticeships, following which he replied to questions.

4.2  Statement – EU Budget allocation for Pillar 1 (Direct Payments) and Pillar 2 (Rural Development) of the Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Michelle O’Neill made a statement regarding the EU Budget allocation for Pillar 1 (Direct Payments) and Pillar 2 (Rural Development) of the Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020.

The Principal Deputy Speaker (Mr McLaughlin) 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. The junior Minister, Mr Jonathan Bell, also answered a number of questions. 

5.2  Agriculture and Rural Development

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Michelle O’Neill.

6.    Question for Urgent Oral Answer

6.1  Emergency departments in Craigavon Area Hospital and the Royal Victoria Hospital

The Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Mr Edwin Poots, responded to a Question for Urgent Oral Answer tabled by Mr Fearghal McKinney.

6.2  Future of Mivan in Antrim

The Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Mrs Arlene Foster, responded to a Question for Urgent Oral Answer tabled by Mr Danny Kinahan.

7.    Executive Committee Business (cont’d)

7.1  Statement – EU Budget allocation for Pillar 1 (Direct Payments) and Pillar 2 (Rural Development) of the Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020 (cont’d)

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Michelle O’Neill, replied to questions regarding the statement.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

7.2  Statement – North South Ministerial Council Transport Sector Meeting (Roads and Transport)

The Minister for Regional Development, Mr Danny Kennedy, made a statement regarding the North South Ministerial Council Transport Sector Meeting (Roads and Transport), following which he replied to questions.

7.3  Statement – North South Ministerial Council Transport Sector Meeting (Road Safety)

The Minister of the Environment, Mr Mark H Durkan, made a statement regarding the North South Ministerial Council Transport Sector Meeting (Road Safety), following which he replied to questions.

The Speaker took the Chair.

8.    Private Members’ Business

8.1  Motion – Haass/O'Sullivan Proposals

Proposed:

That this Assembly acknowledges that the published Haass/O'Sullivan proposals represent a significant opportunity for political parties to show positive leadership, have the potential to make a meaningful contribution to the peace building process, and offer an opportunity to take significant steps forward in a number of difficult policy areas; notes that Dr Richard Haass was invited jointly by the five Executive parties to chair the process and thanks Dr Haass, Professor O'Sullivan and their team for their very worthy contribution over the past six months; calls on the Executive to begin putting in place the foundations for implementation of the proposals; and further calls on all parties to support their successful implementation.

Ms J McCann
Mr G Kelly
Ms C Ruane

8.2  Amendment 1

Proposed:

Leave out all after the first ‘proposals’ and insert:

‘were a genuine attempt to resolve the controversial issues of dealing with the past, parades and flags; thanks Dr Haass, Professor O'Sullivan and their team for their very worthy contribution over the past six months; and calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to agree proposals for a practical and positive way forward on the three issues of contention.’

Mr T Elliott
Mr M Nesbitt
Mr D Kennedy

8.3  Amendment 2

Proposed:

Leave out all after “months;” and insert:

‘and welcomes the decision of the party leaders to meet on 14 January to consider the next steps.’

Mr P Robinson
Mr J Bell
Mrs A Foster
Mr G Campbell

8.4  Amendment 3

Proposed:

Leave out all after second “Executive” and insert:

‘to take urgent steps to implement the provisions relating to dealing with the past and to develop a time-limited, independently-chaired mechanism to reach agreement between the parties on outstanding issues on parades and flags, building on the progress made and delivering real change to meet the aspirations of the public who invested hope in the Haass process.

Mr C Lyttle
Mr D Ford
Dr S Farry
Mr S Dickson

Debate ensued.

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

The Question being put, Amendment No. 2 fell (Division 2).

The Question being put, Amendment No. 3 fell.

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

9.    Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 8.22pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker

13 January 2014

Northern Ireland Assembly

13 January 2014
Division 1

Motion – Haass/O'Sullivan Proposals – Amendment 1

Proposed:

Leave out all after the first ‘proposals’ and insert:

‘were a genuine attempt to resolve the controversial issues of dealing with the past, parades and flags; thanks Dr Haass, Professor O'Sullivan and their team for their very worthy contribution over the past six months; and calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to agree proposals for a practical and positive way forward on the three issues of contention.’

Mr T Elliott
Mr M Nesbitt
Mr D Kennedy

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 12
Noes: 89

AYES

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

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Elliott and Mr Nesbitt

NOES

Mr Agnew, Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Attwood, Mr Bell, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley,
Ms P Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Buchanan, Mr Byrne, Mrs Cameron, Mr Campbell, Mr Clarke,
Mrs Cochrane, Mr Craig, Mr Dickson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Durkan, Mr Easton,
Mr Eastwood, Dr Farry, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Ford, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan,
Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hazzard, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Ms Lo, Mr Lunn, Mr Lynch, Mr Lyttle, Mr McAleer, Mr McCallister, Mr F McCann,
Ms J McCann, Mr McCarthy, Mr McCartney, Mr McCausland, Ms McCorley, Mr I McCrea,
Dr McDonnell, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGlone, Mr M McGuinness, Mr D McIlveen,
Miss M McIlveen, Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McKinney, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr McNarry, Mr McQuillan, Mr A Maginness, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Lord Morrow, Mr Moutray,
Mr Newton, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Mr Poots, Mr P Ramsey,
Mr G Robinson, Mr P Robinson, Mr Rogers, Mr Ross, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan, Mr Spratt,
Mr Storey, Mr Weir, Mr Wells, Mr Wilson.

Tellers for the Noes: Ms Fearon and Mr G Kelly

The Amendment fell.

Northern Ireland Assembly

14 January 2014
Division 2

Motion – Haass/O'Sullivan Proposals – Amendment 2

Proposed:

Leave out all after “months;” and insert:

‘and welcomes the decision of the party leaders to meet on 14 January to consider the next steps.’

Mr P Robinson
Mr J Bell
Mrs A Foster
Mr G Campbell

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 38
Noes: 63

AYES

Mr Anderson, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Mr Buchanan, 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 Hamilton, 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 Ayes: Mr McQuillan and Mr G Robinson

NOES

Mr Agnew, Mr Allister, Mr Attwood, Mr Beggs, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady,
Mr Byrne, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Copeland, Mr Cree, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson, Mr Durkan,
Mr Eastwood, Mr Elliott, Dr Farry, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Ford, Mr Hazzard, Mr Hussey,
Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lo, Mr Lunn, Mr Lynch, Mr Lyttle,
Mr McAleer, Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCarthy, Mr McCartney, Ms McCorley,
Dr McDonnell, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGimpsey, Mr McGlone, Mr M McGuinness,
 Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McKinney, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr McNarry,
Mr A Maginness, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Mr Nesbitt, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd,
Mrs O'Neill, Mrs Overend, Mr P Ramsey, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan, Mr Swann.

Tellers for the Noes: Ms Fearon and Mr G Kelly

The Amendment fell.

Northern Ireland Assembly

14 January 2014
Division 3

Motion – Haass/O'Sullivan Proposals

Proposed:

That this Assembly acknowledges that the published Haass/O'Sullivan proposals represent a significant opportunity for political parties to show positive leadership, have the potential to make a meaningful contribution to the peace building process, and offer an opportunity to take significant steps forward in a number of difficult policy areas; notes that Dr Richard Haass was invited jointly by the five Executive parties to chair the process and thanks Dr Haass, Professor O'Sullivan and their team for their very worthy contribution over the past six months; calls on the Executive to begin putting in place the foundations for implementation of the proposals; and further calls on all parties to support their successful implementation.

Ms J McCann
Mr G Kelly
Ms C Ruane

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 49
Noes: 52

AYES

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 Hazzard, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Ms Lo, Mr Lunn, Mr Lynch, Mr Lyttle, Mr McAleer, Mr F McCann,
Ms J McCann, Mr McCarthy, 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.

Tellers for the Ayes: Ms Fearon and Mr G Kelly

NOES

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Beggs, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Mr Buchanan, Mrs Cameron,
Mr Campbell, Mr Clarke, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton,
Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Hussey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Mr McCallister,
Mr McCausland, 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 P Robinson, Mr Ross, Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Swann, Mr Weir, Mr Wells,
Mr Wilson.

Tellers for the Noes: Mrs Overend and Mr G Robinson

The Motion was negatived.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
11 December 2013 – 13 January 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

South Eastern Regional College Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2013 (DEL)

Northern Regional College Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2013 (DEL)

Belfast Metropolitan College Annual Report and Financial Statements 2012-2013 (DEL)

Southern Regional College Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2013 (DEL)

North West Regional College Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2013 (DEL)

South West College Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2013 (DEL)

Monitoring of Progress on Implementation of the Youth Justice Review Recommendations December 2013 (DOJ)

Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency - Statistical Bulletin: Pay Statistics for the Northern Ireland Civil service – 2013 (DFP)

iLEX Urban Regeneration Company Derry-Londonderry Annual Report and Financial Accounts 2012-13 (OFMDFM)

Insolvency Service Annual Report and Account for year ended 31 March 2013 (DETI)

Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute 2012-2013 Annual Report and Statement of Accounts (DARD)

Libraries NI Annual Report and Accounts 2012-13 (DCAL)

Southern Education and Library Board Disposal and Retention Schedule (DCAL)

Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland Disposal and Retention Schedule (DCAL)

Northern Ireland Social Security Agency Social Fund Account for the year ended 31 March 2013 (NIAO)

Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation Report and Accounts 10 Months Ended 31 March 2012 (OFMDFM)

Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation Report and Accounts 2012 – 2013 (OFMDFM)

5.    Assembly Reports

Report on the Financial Provisions Bill (NIA 152/11-15) Committee for Finance and Personnel

Report on Department of Finance and Personnel – Collaborative Procurement and Aggregated Demand (NIA 153/11-15) Public Accounts Committee

6.    Statutory Rules

S. R. 2013/287 The Road Service Licensing (Community Licences) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DOE)

S. R. 2013/292 The Smoke Control Areas (Exempted Fireplaces) (No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DOE)

S. R. 2013/293 The Legal Aid for Crown Court Proceedings (Costs) (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DOJ)

S. R. 2013/294 The Feed (Hygiene and Enforcement) and the Animal Feed (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DHSSPS)

S. R. 2013/295 The Less Favoured Area Compensatory Allowances Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DARD)

S. R. 2013/296 The Contaminants in Food (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DHSSPS)

S. R. 2013/297 The Parking and Waiting Restrictions (Belfast) (Amendment No.4) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013/298 The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DOE)

S. R. 2013/299 The Health Services (Cross-Border Health Care) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DHSSPS)

S. R. 2013/300 General Dental Services (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DHSSPS)

S. R. 2013/301 The Health and Personal Social Services (General Medical Services Contracts) (Amendment No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DHSSPS)

S. R. 2013/302 Provision of Health Services to Persons not Ordinarily Resident (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DHSSPS)

S. R. 2013/303 The Housing Benefit (Executive Determinations and Local Housing Allowance) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DSD)

S. R. 2013/304 The Seeds (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DARD)

S. R. 2013/308 The Jobseeker's Allowance (Habitual Residence) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DSD)

S. R. 2014/1 The Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Cross Compliance) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 (DARD)

S. R. 2014/2 The General Ophthalmic Services (Amendment) Regulations (NI) 2014 (DHSSPS)

For Information Only:

S. R. 2013/284 The Licensing (George Best Belfast City Airport) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DSD)

S. R. 2013/288 The Control of Traffic (Antrim) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013/289 The One-Way Traffic (Belfast) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013/290 The C334 Derryleckagh Road and B7 Bridge Road, Warrenpoint (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013/305 The Waiting Restrictions (Bangor) (Amendment No.3) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013/306 The Roads (Speed Limit) (No. 4) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013/307 The Parking Places (Disabled Persons' Vehicles) (Amendment No. 7) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

7.    Written Ministerial Statements

Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland Thematic Review (DHSSPS)

Transfer of Monies from the Pillar 1 to the Pillar 2 Budget of the Common Agricultural Policy (DARD)

8.    Consultation Documents

Consultation on Proposals to Amend the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspection) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 (DFP)

Draft Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 - Draft Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 - Consultation December 2013 (DOE)

Consultation on changes to the glass Packaging Recycling Business Target to 2017 (DOE)

Consultation on a Biodiversity Strategy for Northern Ireland to 2020 (DOE)

Consultation on the Introduction of a Fixed Penalty and Penalty Deposit for Non Payment of the HGV Road User Levy (DOE)

Public Consultation on the Proposed Public Passenger Transport (Service Agreements and Service Permits) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 (DRD)

Public Consultation on the Strategy Stopping Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse, Northern Ireland 2013-2020 (DHSSPS & DOJ)

9.    Departmental Publications

Athbhreithniu ar an Phlean Corparaideach Oideachais 2012-2015 agus Plean Bliantuil Gno na Roinne Oideachais 2013-2014 (DE)

Report on the British Wool Marketing Board Agricultural Marketing Scheme 2012-13 (DARD)

Northern Health and Social Care Trust The Accounts of the Charitable Trust Funds For the year ended 31 March 2012 (DHSSPS)

An Independent Review of the Work Capability Assessment - year four December 2013 (DSD)

The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2013 (OFDFM)

The Northern Ireland Police Fund (a company limited by guarantee) Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended March 2013 (DOJ)

World Police and Fire Games Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year 1st April 2012 to 31st March 2013 (DCAL)

Northern Ireland Screen Commission Directors' Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2013 (DCAL)

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service: An Organisational Assessment and Review of Departmental Oversight and Report on Accounts 2011-12 (DFP)

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

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