Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 16 April 2012

1.    Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2.    Speaker’s Business

The Principal Deputy Speaker informed Members that he had been notified by the Chief Electoral Officer that Mr Sean Rogers had been returned as a Member of the Assembly for the South Down constituency to fill the vacancy that resulted from the resignation of Ms Margaret Ritchie; and that Mr Chris Hazzard had been returned as a Member of the Assembly for the South Down constituency to fill the vacancy that resulted from the resignation of Mr Willie Clarke.

Mr Rogers had signed the Roll of Members on 2 April 2012 in the presence of the Speaker and the Director of Clerking and Reporting. Mr Hazzard had signed the Roll of Members on 16 April 2012 in the presence of the Speaker and the Clerk/Director General. The Principal Deputy Speaker confirmed that the Members had signed the Roll and had entered their designations of identity.

3.    Private Members’ Business

3.1   Motion – RMS Titanic Centennial Commemoration

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes the 100th Anniversary of the maiden voyage of RMS Titanic; acknowledges the innovation and ingenuity of the design and construction of the world's most famous ship; welcomes the creation of 'Titanic Belfast' and the commemoration by the Assembly; and calls for any further marking of the anniversary or memorial to be solemn and dignified as a tribute to the 1517 people who lost their lives on 15 April 1912.

Mr S Douglas
Ms P Bradley
Mr A Easton

Debate ensued.

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

3.2   Motion – Disappeared Victims

Proposed:

That this Assembly acknowledges the progress that has been made in locating the remains of disappeared victims; recognises the work of the families, the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains, WAVE Trauma Centre and others in achieving that progress; notes that some families are still waiting; and calls on anyone with information which might help in the location of the remains to share that information with the Commission, through whatever means they choose, without further delay.

Mr D Bradley
Mr P McGlone
Mrs D Kelly
Mr A Maginness

3.3   Amendment:

Proposed:

Leave out all after ‘waiting;’ and insert:

‘and calls on the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains to make clear what more can be done, and by whom, to bring the comfort of recovery to the remaining families.’

Mr M Nesbitt
Mr T Elliott

The debate was suspended for Question Time.

The Speaker took the Chair.

4.    Question Time

4.1   Environment  

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of the Environment, Mr Alex Attwood.

4.2    Social Development  

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

5.    Private Members’ Business

5.1   Motion – Disappeared Victims

Debate resumed on the Motion.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) 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.

6.    Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 4.02pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
16 April 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
28 March - 16 April 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

Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (Amendment) Scheme (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DFP)

Insolvency Service Annual Report and Accounts for year ended 31 March 2011 (DETI)

The accounts of the Trust Funds held by the Western Health and Social Care Trust for the year ending 31 March 2011 (DHSSPS)

Libraries NI Retention and Disposal Schedule (DCAL)

Ilex Annual Report and Financial Accounts 2010-11 (OFMDFM)

5. Assembly Reports

6. Statutory Rules

S.R. 2012/137 Pensions Increase (Review) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DFP)

S.R. 2012/139 Registered Rents (Increase) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)

S.R. 2012/143 The Parking and Waiting Restrictions (Rathfriland) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)

S.R. 2012/146 The Road Traffic (Immobilisation, Removal and Disposal of Vehicles) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)

S.R. 2012/148 The Motor Vehicles Testing (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)

S.R. 2012/149 The Goods Vehicles (Testing) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)

S.R. 2012/150 The Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)

S.R. 2012/151 The Firefighters' Pension Scheme (Contributions) (Revocation) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DHSSPS)

S.R. 2012/152 The New Firefighters' Pension Scheme (Contributions) (Revocation) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DHSSPS)

S.R 2012/153 The Welfare of Animals (Permitted Procedures by Lay Persons) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DHSSPS)

S.R. 2012/155 The Jobseeker's Allowance (Domestic Violence) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)

S.R 2012/156 The Welfare of Farmed Animals Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DARD)

S.R. 2012/157 The Housing Benefit (Executive Determinations) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)

S.R 2012/158 The Zoonoses (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DARD)

S.R. 2012/160 The Employment and Support Allowance (Amendment of Linking Rules) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)

S.R. 2012/161 The Firefighters' Pension Scheme (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DHSSPS)

S.R. 2012/162 The New Firefighters' Pension Scheme (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DHSSPS)

S.R. 2012/163 The Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)

For Information Only:

S.R. 2012/144 The Road Races (Cookstown 100) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)

S.R. 2012/145 The Road Races (Tandragee 100) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)

S.R 2012/154 (C.15) The Welfare of Animals (2011 Act) (Commencement and Transitional Provisions No.2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DHSSPS)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

Paediatric Congenital Cardiac Surgery Services (DHSSPS)

Interim Report on Pseudomonas Incidents in Neonatal Units (DHSSPS)

8. Consultation Documents

Supplementary Planning Guidance to Accompany Policy PED 8 of Planning Policy Statement 4 (DOE)

DLA Reform and Personal Independence Payment: Completing the Detailed Design (DSD)

Department for Business Innovation & Skills - Enhancing Consumer Confidence through Effective Enforcement (DETI)

9. Departmental Publications

Offshore Renewable Energy Strategic Action Plan 2012-2020 (DETI)

Prison Service Pay Review Body - Eighth Report on Northern Ireland 2012 (DOJ)

Food Law Codes of Practice Northern Ireland (DHSSPS)

Policy and Economics Division: Statistical Review of Northern Ireland Agriculture 2011 (DFP)

Northern Ireland Police Fund Annual Report and Accounts for Year Ended 31 March 2011 (DOJ)

Steps to Work - Evaluation of the Steps to Work Programme (DEL)

Steps to Work - A Survey of Leavers from the Steps to Work Programme (DEL)

10. Agency Publications

11. Westminster Publications

Health and Social Care Act 2012 - Chapter 7

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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