Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2013/2014

Date: 25 November 2013

Venue: Plenary Chamber

The Assembly met at noon, the Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) in the Chair.

1. Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2. Matter of the Day

2.1 The death of Father Alec Reid

Mr Martin McGuinness made a statement, under Standing Order 24, in relation to the death of Father Alec Reid. Other Members were also called to speak on the matter.

2.2 Explosion in Belfast City Centre

Mr Jonathan Craig made a statement, under Standing Order 24, in relation to the explosion in Belfast City Centre. Other Members were also called to speak on the matter.

3. Committee Business

3.1 Motion – Report of the Committee for Employment and Learning on its Inquiry into Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance in Northern Ireland

Proposed:

That this Assembly approves the Report of the Committee for Employment and Learning on its Inquiry into Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance in Northern Ireland (NIA 141/11-15); and calls on the Minister for Employment and Learning and the Minister of Education to implement the recommendations contained in the Report.

Chairperson, Committee for Employment and Learning

Debate ensued.

The debate was suspended for Question Time.

The Speaker took the Chair.

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 Culture, Arts and Leisure

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Ms Carál Ní Chuilín.

5. Committee Business (Cont’d)

5.1 Motion – Report of the Committee for Employment and Learning on its Inquiry into Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance in Northern Ireland

Debate resumed on the Motion.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

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

6. Private Members’ Business

6.1 Motion – Transfer of Broadcasting Powers

Following receipt of valid Petitions of Concern (see Appendix 1 and Appendix 2) under Standing Order 28, Members were informed that the votes would be taken on Tuesday 26 November.

Proposed:

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to explore with the Secretary of State the potential for transferring broadcasting powers from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to her Department and for funds for the Irish Language Broadcast Fund and the Ulster Scots Broadcast Fund to be transferred and mainstreamed.

Mr C Ó hOisín
Ms R McCorley
Mr O McMullan

6.2 Amendment

Proposed:

Leave out all after the second ‘Department’ and insert:

‘through the establishment of an independent advisory panel in order to assess the viability of any potential transfer and of the transfer and mainstreaming of the Irish Language Broadcast Fund and the Ulster Scots Broadcast Fund.’

Mrs K McKevitt
Mr D Bradley

Debate ensued.

7. Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 5.11pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
25 November 2013

Appendix 1  

Northern Ireland Assembly

The undersigned Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly presented a Petition of Concern, in accordance with Standing Order 28, on Monday 25 November 2013 in relation to the following amendment:

Transfer of Broadcasting Powers - Amendment

Leave out all after the second ‘Department’ and insert:

‘through the establishment of an independent advisory panel in order to assess the viability of any potential transfer and of the transfer and mainstreaming of the Irish Language Broadcast Fund and the Ulster Scots Broadcast Fund.’

MR SYDNEY ANDERSON

MR JONATHAN BELL

MS PAULA BRADLEY

MS PAM BROWN

MR THOMAS BUCHANAN

MR GREGORY CAMPBELL

MR TREVOR CLARKE

MR JONATHAN CRAIG

MR SAMMY DOUGLAS

MR GORDON DUNNE

MR ALEX EASTON

MRS ARLENE FOSTER

MR PAUL FREW

MR PAUL GIRVAN

MR PAUL GIVAN

MRS BRENDA HALE

MR SIMON HAMILTON

MR DAVID HILDITCH

MR WILLIAM HUMPHREY

MR WILLIAM IRWIN

MR NELSON MCCAUSLAND

MR IAN MCCREA

MR DAVID MCILVEEN

MISS MICHELLE MCILVEEN

MR ADRIAN MCQUILLAN

THE LORD MORROW

MR STEPHEN MOUTRAY

MR ROBIN NEWTON

MR EDWIN POOTS

MR GEORGE ROBINSON

MR PETER ROBINSON

MR ALASTAIR ROSS

MR JIMMY SPRATT

MR MERVYN STOREY

MR PETER WEIR

MR JIM WELLS

MR SAMMY WILSON

 

Appendix 2  

Northern Ireland Assembly

The undersigned Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly presented a Petition of Concern, in accordance with Standing Order 28, on Monday 25 November 2013 in relation to the following motion:

Transfer of Broadcasting Powers

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to explore with the Secretary of State the potential for transferring broadcasting powers from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to her Department and for funds for the Irish Language Broadcast Fund and the Ulster Scots Broadcast Fund to be transferred and mainstreamed.

MR SYDNEY ANDERSON

MR JONATHAN BELL

MS PAULA BRADLEY

MS PAM BROWN

MR THOMAS BUCHANAN

MR GREGORY CAMPBELL

MR TREVOR CLARKE

MR JONATHAN CRAIG

MR SAMMY DOUGLAS

MR GORDON DUNNE

MR ALEX EASTON

MRS ARLENE FOSTER

MR PAUL FREW

MR PAUL GIRVAN

MR PAUL GIVAN

MRS BRENDA HALE

MR SIMON HAMILTON

MR DAVID HILDITCH

MR WILLIAM HUMPHREY

MR WILLIAM IRWIN

MR NELSON MCCAUSLAND

MR IAN MCCREA

MR DAVID MCILVEEN

MISS MICHELLE MCILVEEN

MR ADRIAN MCQUILLAN

THE LORD MORROW

MR STEPHEN MOUTRAY

MR ROBIN NEWTON

MR EDWIN POOTS

MR GEORGE ROBINSON

MR PETER ROBINSON

MR ALASTAIR ROSS

MR JIMMY SPRATT

MR MERVYN STOREY

MR PETER WEIR

MR JIM WELLS

MR SAMMY WILSON

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
20 - 25 November 2013

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

North Eastern Education and Library Board Annual Report and Accounts 2012-2013 (DE)

A Review of the Cost and Impact of Dealing with the Past on Criminal Justice Organisations in Northern Ireland November 2013 (DOJ)

Northern Ireland Tourist Board Annual Report 2012/2013 (DETI)

Office of the Social Fund Commissioner for Northern Ireland Annual Report 2012-2013 (DSD)

Social Fund Annual Report 2012/2013 (DSD)

InterTradeIreland - Annual Review of Activities and Annual Accounts 2012 (DETI)

Land and Property Services Trust Statement - Rate Levy Accruals Account 2011-12 Annual Report and Accounts for year ended 31 March 2012 (DFP)

5. Assembly Reports

6. Statutory Rules

S. R. 2013/261 The Weights and Measures (Specified Quantities) (Unwrapped Bread and Intoxicating Liquor) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DETI)

S. R. 2013/262 The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DOE)

S. R. 2013/265 The Galwally Avenue, Belfast (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013/266 The Route U6005 Quoile Brae, Downpatrick (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013/272 Legal Aid (Assessment of Resources) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DOJ)

For Information Only:

S. R. 2013/263 The Pensions (2005 Order) (Code of Practice) (Governance and Administration of Occupational Defined Contribution Trust-based Pension Schemes) (Appointed Day) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DSD)

S. R. 2013/267 The Loading Bays on Roads (Amendments No. 3) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013/268 The Waiting Restrictions (Bangor) (Amendment No. 2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013/269 The Waiting Restrictions (Crumlin) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013/270 The Waiting Restrictions (Bushmills) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013/271 The Waiting Restrictions (Ballycastle) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

Publication of UK Strategy for Rare Diseases (DHSSPS)

8. Consultation Documents

Draft for Consultation - A Community Resuscitation Strategy for Northern Ireland November 2013 (DHSSPS)

Public Consultation Proposals for a Pensions Bill Equality Impact Assessment November 2013 (DSD)

Consultation by the Department of Finance and Personnel on the Draft Legal Complaints and Regulations Bill (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DFP)

Consultation on Proposed increases to Contributions for Members of the NI Teachers' Pension Scheme (NITPS) November 2013 (DE)

9. Departmental Publications

The General Consumer Council for Northern Ireland Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2013 (DETI)

10. Agency Publications

11. Westminster Publications

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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