Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 13 June 2011

Venue: Assembly Chamber

No. 07-11/12

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

1. Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2. Matters of the Day

2.1 Death of Mr Brian Lenihan

Mr Patsy McGlone made a statement, under Standing Order 24, in relation to the death of Mr Brian Lenihan. Party representatives were also called to speak on the matter.

2.2 90th Birthday of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh

Mr Jim Allister made a statement, under Standing Order 24, in relation to the 90 th Birthday of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. Party representatives were also called to speak on the matter.

3. Speaker’s Business

The Speaker informed the House that he had received written notification from the Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, that as he would be attending the funeral of the former Republic of Ireland Finance Minister Brian Lenihan on Tuesday 14 June, he would be unable to be in the House to move the Second Stage of the Budget (No.2) Bill or attend Question Time. The Speaker advised the House that Minister Foster would respond on behalf of Minister Wilson at Question Time, and that the Bill stage would be rescheduled.

4. Executive Committee Business

4.1 Motion - Supply Resolution for the Northern Ireland Main Estimates 2011-12

Proposed:

That this Assembly approves that a sum, not exceeding £8,141,695,000, be granted out of the Consolidated Fund, for or towards defraying the charges for Northern Ireland Departments, the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission, the Assembly Ombudsman for Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Complaints, the Food Standards Agency, the Northern Ireland Audit Office, the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation and the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland for the year ending 31 March 2012 and that resources, not exceeding £8,656,468,000, be authorised for use by Northern Ireland Departments, the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission, the Assembly Ombudsman for Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Complaints, the Food Standards Agency, the Northern Ireland Audit Office, the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation and the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland for the year ending 31 March 2012 as summarised for each Department or other public body in Columns 3 (b) and 3 (a) of Table 1.3 in the volume of the Northern Ireland Estimates 2011-12 that was laid before the Assembly on 6 June 2011.

Minister of Finance and Personnel

Debate ensued on this Motion and the Motion on the Supply Resolution for the 2009-2010 Excess Votes.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

The debate was suspended for Question Time.

5. Question Time

5.1 Employment and Learning

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

5.2 Enterprise, Trade and Investment

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Mrs Arlene Foster.

6. Executive Committee Business (Cont’d)

6.1 Motion - Supply Resolution for the Northern Ireland Main Estimates 2011-12 (Cont’d)

Debate resumed on both motions.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Molloy) took the Chair.

The Question being put, the Motion was carried with cross-community support.

6.2 Motion - Supply Resolution for the 2009-2010 Excess Votes

Proposed:

That this Assembly approves that a sum, not exceeding £23,278,781.13, be granted out of the Consolidated Fund, for or towards defraying the charges for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for the year ending 31 March 2010 and that resources, not exceeding £17,836,994.70, be authorised for use by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Department of Education Teachers’ Superannuation, for the year ending 31 March 2010, as summarised for each Department in Part II of the 2009-2010 Statement of Excesses that was laid before the Assembly on 6 June 2011.

Minister of Finance and Personnel

The Question being put, the Motion was carried with cross-community support.

6.3 First Stage - Budget (No.2) Bill (NIA 1/11-15)

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, introduced a Bill to authorise the issue out of the Consolidated Fund of certain sums for the service of the year ending 31st March 2012; to appropriate those sums for specified purposes; to authorise the Department of Finance and Personnel to borrow on the credit of the appropriated sums; to authorise the use for the public service of certain resources (including accruing resources) for the year ending 31st March 2012; to authorise the issue out of the Consolidated Fund of an excess cash sum for the service of the year ending 31st March 2010; to authorise the use for the public service of excess resources for the year ending 31st March 2010; and to repeal certain spent provisions.

Bill passed First Stage and ordered to be printed (NIA Bill 1/11-15).

7. Committee Membership

7.1 Motion - Membership of the Business Committee

Proposed:

That Mrs Karen McKevitt replace Mr Conall McDevitt as a member of the Business Committee.

Mr P Ramsey
Mr J Byrne

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 5.50pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
13 June 2011

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
8 - 13 June 2011

1. Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly

2. Bills of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Budget (No.2) Bill (NIA Bill 1/11-15)

3. Orders in Council

4. Publications Laid in the Northern Ireland Assembly

An Inspection of Public Protection Arrangements Northern Ireland (DOJ)

The North/South Language Body Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2007 (DCAL)

Use of External Consultants by Northern Ireland Departments: Follow-up Report (NIAO)

5. Assembly Reports

Second Report of the Examiner of Statutory Rules (NIA 6/11-15)

6. Statutory Rules

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

  • S.R. 2011/209 Tourist Establishments (Notices, Certificates and Forms) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DETI)
  • S.R. 2011/214 Registered Rents (Increase) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DSD)
  • S.R. 2011/217 The Food Additives (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DHSSPS)

For Information Only:

  • S.R. 2011/215 (C.12) The Wildlife and Natural Environment (2011 Act) (Commencement No.1) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DOE)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

8. Consultation Documents

9. Departmental Publications

General Dental Council Annual Report and Accounts 2010 (DHSSPS)

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults - A Shared Responsibility (DHSSPS)

10. Agency Publications

11. Westminster Publications

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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