Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 23 April 2012

Venue: Assembly Chamber

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

1. Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2. Committee Business

2.1 Motion – Committee Membership
Proposed:

That Mr Tom Elliott replace Mr Basil McCrea as a member of the Committee for Justice; that Mr Tom Elliott replace Mr Danny Kinahan as a member of the Committee for the Environment; that Mr Danny Kinahan be appointed as a member of the Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister; that Mr Roy Beggs replace Mr Ross Hussey as a member of the Committee for Finance and Personnel; that Mr Ross Hussey replace Mr Roy Beggs as a member of the Committee for Regional Development; that Mr John McCallister replace Mrs Sandra Overend as a member of the Assembly and Executive Review Committee; and that Mrs Sandra Overend replace Mr John McCallister as a member of the Business Committee.

Mr R Swann

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

2.2 Motion – Committee Membership
Proposed

That Mr Sean Rogers replace Mr Conall McDevitt as a member of the Committee for Education; that Mr Conall McDevitt replace Mr Mark Durkan as a member of the Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety; that Mr Patsy McGlone replace Dr Alasdair McDonnell as a member of the Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment; that Mr Patsy McGlone replace Mr Colum Eastwood as a member of the Committee for Justice; that Mr John Dallat replace Mr Joe Byrne as a member of the Committee for Regional Development; that Mrs Dolores Kelly replace Mr Patsy McGlone as a member of the Committee for the Environment; that Mr Dominic Bradley be appointed as a member of the Audit Committee; and that Mr Colum Eastwood replace Mr Patsy McGlone as a member of the Committee on Standards and Privileges.

Mr P Ramsey
Mrs K McKevitt

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

3. Private Members’ Business

3.1 Motion – Pre-School Nursery Provision
Proposed:

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Education to take immediate action on the findings of the Review of the Pre-School Admissions Arrangements, and remove the July and August birthday admissions criterion for the 2013/14 academic year; and urges the Minister to prevent a repeat of the problems being faced this year in relation to the 2012/13 academic year, by ensuring that there are sufficient pre-school places for all children in the required locations.

Mrs J Cochrane
Ms A Lo
Mr C Lyttle
Mr T Lunn

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

The Principal Deputy Speaker (Mr Molloy) took the Chair

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

3.2 Motion – Multi-Agency Support Teams
Proposed:

That this Assembly notes the success of the multi-agency support teams, and equivalent bodies, in detecting and addressing problems which children may experience in the early stages of their education; recognises the effective partnerships that are in place between the Health Service, schools and parents to address the needs of children; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to work closely with the Minister of Education to review the model of service provision and expand the service to the schools and nurseries which are not currently part of the scheme.

Mr R Beggs
Mr J McCallister

The debate was suspended for Question Time.

The Speaker took the Chair.

4. Question Time

4.1 Education  

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Education, Mr John O’Dowd.

4.2 Employment and Learning  

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

5. Private Members’ Business

5.1 Motion – Multi-Agency Support Teams

The Principal Deputy Speaker (Mr Molloy) took the Chair

Debate resumed on the Motion.

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

6. Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 3.49pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
23 April 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
18 April - 23 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

Retention and Disposal Schedule for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DCAL)

The Use of Special Measures in the Criminal Justice System in Northern Ireland (DOJ)

5. Assembly Reports

Report on Uptake of Benefits by Pensioners (NIA 45/11-15) (Public Accounts Committee)

6. Statutory Rules

S.R. 2012/167 The Health Care (Reimbursement of the Cost of EEA Services etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DHSSPS)

S.R. 2012/169 The Road Transport (Working Time) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)

For Information Only:

S.R. 2012/164 The Road Races (Spamount Hill Climb) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)

S.R. 2012/165 The Waiting Restrictions (Bangor) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

8. Consultation Documents

9. Departmental Publications

10. Agency Publications

11. Westminster Publications

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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