Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: 14 January 2013

Venue: Assembly Chamber

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

1. Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2. Speaker’s Business
2.1 Royal Assent

The Speaker advised Members that Royal Assent had been signified on 9 January 2013 to the Superannuation Act (Northern Ireland) 2013.

3. Matter of the Day
3.1. Escalation of Street Disorder and Challenge to the Democratic Process

The Rt Hon Peter Robinson, made a statement, under Standing Order 24, in relation to the Escalation of Street Disorder and Challenge to the Democratic Process. Other Members were also called to speak on the matter.

4. Executive Committee Business
4.1 Statement - North South Ministerial Council Meeting in Tourism sectoral format

The Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Mrs Arlene Foster, made a statement regarding the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Tourism sectoral format, held on 28 November 2012, following which she replied to questions.

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

4.2 Statement - North South Ministerial Council Meeting in Trade and Business Development sectoral format

The Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Mrs Arlene Foster, made a statement regarding the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Trade and Business Development sectoral format, held on 28 November 2012, following which she replied to questions.

4.3 Statement - UK 2012 Autumn Statement - Northern Ireland Impact 

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, made a statement regarding the UK 2012 Autumn Statement - Northern Ireland Impact, following which he replied to questions.

4.4 First Stage - Planning Bill (NIA 17/11-15)

The Minister of the Environment, Mr Alex Attwood, introduced a Bill to amend the law relating to planning; and for connected purposes.

Bill passed First Stage and ordered to be printed.

4.5 Motion - The draft Single Use Carrier Bags Charge Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012
Proposed:

That the draft Single Use Carrier Bags Charge Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 be approved.

Minister of the Environment

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, Rt Hon Peter Robinson. The junior Minister, Mr Jonathan Bell, also answered a number of questions. 

5.2 Finance and Personnel

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson.

6. Question for Urgent Oral Answer
6.1 No Oral Statement on Northern Ireland Housing Executive

The Minister for Social Development, Mr Nelson McCausland, responded to a Question for Urgent Oral Answer, tabled by Mr Mark Durkan.

7. Executive Committee Business (Cont’d)
7.1 Motion - The draft Single Use Carrier Bags Charge Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (Cont’d)

Debate resumed on the motion.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

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

8. Committee Business
8.1 Motion - Single Farm Payments
Proposed:

That this Assembly acknowledges the importance of Single Farm Payments to the farming industry and to the wider rural economy; expresses concern about the issues arising from the inspection and payment system for the 2011 scheme; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to ensure that systems for the delivery of the scheme in the future are fit for purpose and that the inspection process is expedited effectively.

Chairperson, Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development

Debate ensued.

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

9. Adjournment
Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 5.41pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
14 January 2013

Northern Ireland Assembly
Papers Presented to the Assembly on
12 December 2012 - 14 January 2013
1. Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Air Passenger Duty (Setting of Rate) Act (Northern Ireland) 2012

Superannuation Act (Northern Ireland) 2013

2. Bills of the Northern Ireland Assembly
3. Orders in Council
4. Publications Laid in the Northern Ireland Assembly

Report on the British Wool Marketing Board Agricultural Marketing Scheme 2011 – 12 (DARD)

Report on an announced inspection of Maghaberry Prison 19-23 March 2012 (DOJ)

Southern Health and Social Care Trust Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2012 (DHSSPS)

Legislative Consent Motion for Provisions of the UK Energy Bill Relating to Electricity Market Reform (DETI)

National Museums Northern Ireland Annual Report and Accounts 2011-12 (DCAL)  

The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland Annual Report and Financial Statements for the period ended 31 March 2012 (OFMDFM)

Northern Ireland Screen Commission Directors' Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2012 (DCAL)

Northern Ireland Law Commission Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2012 (DOJ)              

Insolvency Service Annual Report and Account for the year ended 31 March 2012 (DETI)

Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross Foundation Annual Report and Accounts 2011-2012 (DOJ)

Northern Regional College Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2012 (DEL)

North West Regional College Annual report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2012 (DEL)

South Eastern Regional College Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2012 (DEL)

Southern Regional College Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2012 (DEL)

Belfast Metropolitan College Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2012 (DEL)

Social Security Agency Annual Report and Accounts 2011 – 12 (DSD)

Ilex Urban Regeneration Company Limited (Company Limited by Guarantee) Directors' Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2012 (OFMDFM)

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust Charitable Trust Funds Trustees' Report Year Ended 31 March 2012 (DHSSPS)

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

DETI Registry of Credit Unions and Industrial and Provident Societies Annual Report 2011 - 12 (DETI)

5. Assembly Reports

Committee for Justice Report on the Criminal Justice Bill (NIA 86/11-15)

Report on Statement of Rate Levy and Collection 2009-10 and 2010-11 (NIA 88/11-15) (PAC)

6. Statutory Rules

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

  • S. R. 2012/441 The Strangford Lough (Sea Fishing Exclusion Zones) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DARD)
  • S.R. 2012/444 The Education (Levels of Progression for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DE)
  • S.R. 2012/446 The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOJ)
  • S.R. 2012/448 The Greystone Road, Limavady (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/450 The Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Revocations) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DETI)
  • S. R. 2012/451 The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
  • S. R. 2012/452 The Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Cross Compliance) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DARD) 
  • S.R. 2012/453 Pollution Prevention and Control (Industrial Emissions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2012/455 Superannuation (Victims and Survivors Service Limited) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DFP)
  • S. R. 2012/456 The Less Favoured Area Compensatory Allowances Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DARD)
  • S. R. 2012/457 The Common Agricultural Policy Support Schemes (Review of Decisions) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DARD)
  • S. R. 2012/458 The Foyle Area and Carlingford Area (Angling) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (DARD)
  • S. R. 2012/459 The Foyle Area (Control of Fishing) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (DARD)
  • S.R 2012/462 The Sex Discrimination Order 1976 (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (OFMDFM)
  • Draft S. R. 2013 The Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (Designated Organisations) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DOJ)
  • Draft S. R. 2013 The Welfare of Animals (Dog Breeding Establishments and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DARD)
  • Draft S. R. 2013 Electricity (Priority Dispatch) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DETI)

For Information Only:

  • S.R. 2012/417 (C.41) The Local Government (2005 Order) (Commencement No.3) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2012/422 Local Government (Indemnities for Members and Officers) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
  • S. R. 2012/440 (C.45) The Child Maintenance (2008 Act) (Commencement No. 10 and Transitional Provisions) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)
  • S. R. 2012/445 (C. 46) Air Passenger Duty (2012 Act) (Commencement) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DFP)
  • S.R. 2012/447 The Parking and Waiting Restrictions (Ballymena) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/460 The Waiting Restrictions (Dungannon) (Amendment No. 2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/461 The Parking and Waiting Restrictions (Ballymena) (Amendment No. 2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
7. Written Ministerial Statements

Community Pharmacy (DHSSPS)

Northern Health and Social Care Trust (DHSSPS)

Fundamental Review of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (DSD)

8. Consultation Documents

EU Dairy Package: EU Regulation No. 261/2012 (DARD)

Consultation on the Department for Regional Development draft Disability Action Plan (DAP) 1 April 2013 - 31 March 2016 and Five Year Review of DAPs (DRD)

Consultation on Proposed Changes to Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations & Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Applications for Exemption Orders) Regulations 2013 (DRD)

Early Years Strategy Team Learning to Learn: A Framework for Early Years Education and Learning (DE)

Proposed Consolidation and Updating of the Provision of Health Services to Persons not Ordinarily Resident Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005, including Amendments to Specific Provisions and Extension to Primary Care Services (DHSSPS)

Future Railway Investment: A Consultation Paper (DRD)

Energy Consultation Further Legislative Measures to Transpose the EU Third Energy Package (DETI)

9. Departmental Publications

Special EU Programmes Body Annual Report 2011 (DFP)

Public Expenditure Terminology December 2012 (DFP)

10. Agency Publications

Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2012 (DOJ)

Monitoring Report No. 22 A Profile of the Monitored Northern Ireland Workforce Summary of Monitoring Returns 2011 (Equality Commission (OFMDFM))

Fair Employment Monitoring Report No. 22 Summary Findings 2011 (Equality Commission (OFMDFM))

Social Security Agency Annual Report on Decision Making and Case Accuracy 1 January to 31 December 2011 (DSD)

The Northern Ireland Police Fund: Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2012 (DOJ)

Rehabilitation and Retraining Trust Annual Report 2011 - 2012 (DOJ)

The Local Government Staff Commission for Northern Ireland Annual Report and Accounts 1 April 2011 - 31 March 2012 (DOE)

Youth Justice Agency Executive Agency Framework Document December 2012 (DOJ)

11. Westminster Publications

Department for Work and Pensions: The Government's response to the consultation on DLA reform and Personal Independence Payment - completing the detailed design (DSD)

Department for Work and Pensions The Government's response to the consultation on the Personal Independence Payment assessment criteria and regulations (DSD)

Police (Complaints and Conduct) Act 2012 Chapter 22

Small Charitable Donations Act 2012 Chapter 23

Financial Services Act 2012 Chapter 21

Civil Aviation Act 2012 Chapter 19

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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