Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 20 June 2011

Venue: Assembly Chamber

No. 09-11/12

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 Rory McIlroy: US Open Champion

Mr Peter Weir made a statement, under Standing Order 24, in relation to Rory McIlroy: US Open Champion. Party representatives were also called to speak on the matter.

3. Executive Committee Business

3.1 Motion - Suspension of Standing Orders

Proposed:

That Standing Orders 10(2) to 10(4) be suspended for 20 June 2011.

Minister of Finance and Personnel

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

3.2 Statement - Public Expenditure: 2010 - 11 Provisional Outturn and 2011 - 12 June Monitoring Round

The Minister for Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, made a statement to the Assembly regarding Public Expenditure: 2010 - 11 Provisional Outturn and 2011 - 12 June Monitoring Round, following which he replied to questions.

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

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, moved the Second Stage of the Budget (No.2) Bill (NIA 1/11-15).

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Molloy) took the Chair.

The debate was suspended at 2.30pm.

4. Question Time

4.1 Agriculture and Rural Development

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

4.2 Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Mr Edwin Poots.

5. Executive Committee Business (Cont’d)

5.1 Second Stage - Budget (No.2) Bill (NIA 1/11-15) (Cont’d)

Debate resumed on the Second Stage.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

The Question being put, the Motion was carried with cross-community support (Division 1).

6. Committee Membership

6.1 Motion - Appointment of an Assembly Commissioner for Standards

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes that the Assembly Members (Independent Financial Review and Standards) Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 provides for a Northern Ireland Assembly Commissioner for Standards; and delegates to the Assembly Commission those functions referred to in section 19(4) of that Act in relation to the appointment of the Commissioner.

Mr P Weir
Mr B McElduff
Mr L Cree
Mr P Ramsey
Mrs J Cochrane

Debate ensued.

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

7. Private Members’ Business

7.1 Motion - Reduction of Coastguard Services

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes with grave concern HM Government's proposal to reduce the number of coastguard centres throughout the United Kingdom and, in particular, the threat to Bregenz House in Bangor, which if closed would leave Northern Ireland without effective coastal protection; and calls on HM Government to revise its proposals to ensure the retention of Bregenz House.

Mr P Weir
Mr W Humphrey

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Molloy) took the Chair.

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

7.2 Motion - Mortgage Relief Scheme

Proposed:

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Social Development to implement a mortgage relief scheme to help those people who are experiencing difficulties in paying their mortgages and are at risk of losing their homes.

Mr F McCann
Mr A Maskey
Mr M Brady

Debate ensued.

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 9.34pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
20 June 2011

Northern Ireland Assembly

20 June 2011
Divisions

Division No. 1

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

Minister for Finance and Personnel

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 39
Noes: 8

Ayes

Nationalist

Mr Brady, Mr W Clarke, Mr Flanagan, Mr G Kelly, Mr A Maskey, Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCartney, Mr McElduff, Mr O’Dowd.

Unionist

Mr S Anderson, Ms P Bradley, Mr T Clarke, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mrs Lewis, Mr McCausland, Mr I McCrea, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McQuillan, Mr Moutray, Mr Poots, Mr G Robinson, Mr Ross, Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Weir, Mr Wilson.

Other

Mrs Cochrane, Mr Dickson, Ms Lo, Mr Lyttle.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr McQuillan and Mr G Robinson.

Noes

Nationalist

Mr Durkan, Mr A Maginness, Mr McDevitt, Mr McGlone, Mrs McKevitt, Ms Ritchie.

Unionist

Mr Allister.

Other

Mr Agnew.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr Agnew and Mr Allister.

Total votes 47 Total Ayes 39 [83.0 % ]

Nationalist Votes 16 Nationalist Ayes 10 [62.5 % ]

Unionist Votes 26 Unionist Ayes 25 [96.2 % ]

Other Votes 5 Other Ayes 4 [80.0 % ]

The following Members voted in both Lobbies and are therefore not counted in the result:

Mr Copeland, Mr Cree, Mr Hussey, Mr McCallister, Mr B McCrea, Mr Swann.

The Motion was carried on a cross-community vote.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
15 - 20 June 2011

1. Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Postal Services Act 2011

2. Bills of the Northern Ireland Assembly

3. Orders in Council

4. Publications Laid in the Northern Ireland Assembly

Disposal of Documents Schedule for the Compensation Agency (DCAL)

5. Assembly Reports

6. Statutory Rules

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

  • S.R. 2011/216 The Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2011/226 The Child Support and Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DSD)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games (DCAL)

8. Consultation Documents

9. Departmental Publications

Department of Finance and Personnel Memorandum on the Fifth and Sixth Reports from the Public Accounts Committee Session 2010-2011 - Measuring the Performance of NI Water and Procurement and Governance in NI Water (DFP)

Department of Finance and Personnel Memorandum on the Fourth and Eighth Reports from the Public Accounts Committee Session 2010-2011 - Arrangements for Ensuring the Quality of Care Homes for Older People and Improving Adult Literacy and Numeracy (DFP)

Pathways to Success - Establishing an initial broad strategic direction and supporting cross-Departmental actions to reduce the number of young people most at risk of remaining outside education, employment or training (NEET) (DEL)

10. Agency Publications

11. Westminster Publications

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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