Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: 18 February 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. Executive Committee Business
2.1 Statement - Incident Regarding the Discovery of Equine DNA in Beef Products

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Michelle O'Neill, made a statement regarding the Discovery of Equine DNA in Beef Products, following which she replied to questions.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair

2.2 Consideration Stage - Budget Bill (NIA 18/11-15)

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, moved the Consideration Stage of the Budget Bill.

No amendments were tabled to the Bill.

Clauses

The question being put, it was agreed without division that Clauses 1 to 7 stand part of the Bill.

Schedules

The question being put, it was agreed without division that Schedules 1 to 4 stand part of the Bill.

Long Title

The question being put, the Long Title was agreed without division.

Budget Bill 18/11-15 stood referred to the Speaker.

Motion - The draft Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (Designated Organisations) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013          
Proposed:

That the draft Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (Designated Organisations) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 be approved.     

Minister of Justice

Debate ensued.

Question being put, the Motion was carried without division.

2.4 Motion - Draft Welfare of Animals (Dog Breeding Establishments and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013
Proposed:

That the draft Welfare of Animals (Dog Breeding Establishments and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 be approved.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

Debate ensued.

Question being put, the Motion was carried without division.

3.    Committee Business
3.1 Motion - Extension of Committee Stage: Planning Bill (NIA Bill 17/11-15)
Proposed:

That, in accordance with Standing Order 33(4), the period referred to in Standing Order 33(2) be extended to 7 June 2013, in relation to the Committee Stage of the Planning Bill (NIA Bill 17/11-15).

Chairperson, Committee for the Environment

Question being put, the Motion was carried without division.

3.2 Motion - Health Inequalities
Proposed:

That this Assembly welcomes the Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety's review of health inequalities; notes the recommendations relating to the restructuring of government Departments; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to discuss the recommendations in the report with the Ministerial Group on Public Health and to action those that are within his remit.

Chairperson, Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Debate ensued.

The Speaker took the Chair

The debate was suspended for Question Time.

4. Question Time

4.1 Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister  

Questions were put to, and answered by, the deputy First Minister, Mr Martin McGuinness. The junior Minister, Ms Jennifer McCann, also answered a number of questions. 

4.2 Employment and Learning

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

5. Executive Committee Business (Cont’d)

5.1 Motion - Health Inequalities (Cont’d)

Debate resumed on the motion.  

Question being put, the Motion was carried without division.

5.2 Motion - Supporting Growth in the Sustainable Energy Sector
Proposed:

That this Assembly calls on the Executive to encourage and support further growth in the sustainable energy sector to help maximise Government's contribution to creating sustainable, high value jobs in the renewable energy sector, developing the green economy, enhancing security of supply and encouraging consumers to use renewable energy.

Chairperson, Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair

Question being put, the Motion was carried without division.

6. Adjournment
Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 5.01pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
18 February 2013

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