Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 26 September 2011

Venue: Assembly Chamber

No. 17-11/12

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

1. Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2. Executive Committee Business

2.1 Statement - North South Ministerial Council Aquaculture and Marine Sectoral Format

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Michelle O’Neill, made a statement regarding the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Aquaculture and Marine sectoral format, held on 4 July 2011, following which she replied to questions.

2.2 Statement - North South Ministerial Council Agriculture Sectoral Format

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Michelle O’Neill, made a statement regarding the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Agriculture sectoral format, held on 26 July 2011, following which she replied to questions.

2.3 Statement - The Next Steps for Education

The Minister of Education, Mr John O’Dowd, made a statement regarding the Next Steps for Education, following which he replied to questions.

2.4 Statement - Youth Justice Review Report

The Minister of Justice, Mr David Ford, made a statement regarding the Youth Justice Review Report, following which he replied to questions.

The Speaker took the Chair.

3. Question Time

3.1 Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister

Questions were put to, and answered by, the acting deputy First Minister, Mr John O’Dowd. The junior Minister, Ms Martina Anderson, also answered a number of questions.

3.2 Social Development

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

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

4. Executive Committee Business (Cont’d)

4.1 Legislative Consent Motion: Protection of Freedoms Bill
Proposed:

That this Assembly endorses the principle of the extension to Northern Ireland of the provisions dealing with freedom of information contained in Part 6 of the Protection of Freedoms Bill as amended in Committee in the House of Commons.

First Minister and deputy First Minister

Debate ensued.

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

5. Committee Business

5.1 Committee Membership
Proposed:

That Mr Mike Nesbitt replace Mrs Sandra Overend as a member of the Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister; that Mr Michael Copeland replace Mr Mike Nesbitt as a member of the Committee for Regional Development; that Mrs Sandra Overend replace Mr Mike Nesbitt as a member of the Assembly and Executive Review Committee; and that Mrs Sandra Overend replace Mr Michael Copeland as a member of the Committee on Standards and Privileges.

Mr J McCallister
Mr R Swann

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

6. Private Members’ Business

6.1 Motion: Energy Prices
Proposed:

That this Assembly recognises the severe financial pressure on families and small businesses from the recent increase in energy prices; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to liaise with the Utility Regulator and the large energy companies to ensure fair and affordable pricing for energy.

Ms J McCann
Mr P Flanagan
Mr D McKay

6.2 Amendment

Proposed:

Leave out:

‘and the large energy companies’

Mr R Newton
Mr D McIlveen
Mr G Dunne
Mr S Moutray

Debate ensued.

The Question being put, the Amendment was made without division.

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

7. Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 5.21pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
26 September 2011

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
21 - 26 September 2011

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

General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2008 (DE)

Northern Ireland Certification Officer for Trade Unions and Employers' Associations Annual Report 2010-2011 (DEL)

Disposal of Records Schedule for the Department for Social Development (PRONI)

Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission (NIJAC) Annual Report and Accounts 2010-2011 (OFMDFM)

5. Assembly Reports

6. Statutory Rules

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

  • S.R 2011/315 Poultrymeat Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DARD)
  • S.R. 2011/324 Fisheries (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DCAL)
  • S.R. 2011/325 Eel Fishing (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DCAL)
  • S.R. 2011/327 The Health and Personal Social Services (General Medical Services Contracts) (Prescription of Drugs Etc) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DHSSPS)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

8. Consultation Documents

The Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)

9. Departmental Publications

10. Agency Publications

11. Westminster Publications

Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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