Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 27 February 2012

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

1.    Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2.    Speaker’s Business

The Speaker informed Members that he had received a letter from Ms Margaret Ritchie resigning as a Member of the Assembly with effect from 31 March 2012. The Speaker advised that he had notified the Chief Electoral Officer, in accordance with Section 35 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

3.    Matter of the Day

3.1   Oscar Success of 'The Shore'

Mr Robin Swann made a statement, under Standing Order 24, in relation to the Oscar Success of 'The Shore'. Party representatives were also called to speak on the matter.

4.    Executive Committee Business

4.1   Statement - North-South Ministerial Council meeting in Inland Waterways sectoral format

The Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Ms Carál Ní Chuilín, made a statement regarding the North-South Ministerial Council meeting in Inland Waterways sectoral format, following which she replied to questions.

4.2   Statement - North-South Ministerial Council meeting in Language Body sectoral format

The Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Ms Carál Ní Chuilín, made a statement regarding the North-South Ministerial Council meeting in Language Body sectoral format, following which she replied to questions.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

5.    Assembly Business

5.1   Motion - Committee Membership

Proposed:

That Mr Paul Givan replace Mr Robin Newton as a member of the Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

Mr P Weir
Lord Morrow

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

6.    Executive Committee Business (Cont’d)

6.1   Final Stage - Budget Bill (NIA Bill 4/11-15)

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, moved that the Final Stage of the Budget Bill (NIA Bill 4/11-15) do now pass.

Debate ensued.

NIA Bill 4/11-15 passed Final Stage with cross-community support. Nemine contradicente.

7.    Private Members’ Business

7.1   Motion - Decade of Centenaries

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes the number of centenaries of significant historic events affecting the UK and Ireland in the next ten years; calls on the Executive to ensure that these are marked in an inclusive manner; and further calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister, the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure and the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to work together, with the British and Irish Governments, to develop a coordinated approach to the commemoration of these important events in our shared history.

Mr C Lyttle
Ms S Dickson
Ms A Lo
Mr T Lunn

Debate ensued.

The debate was suspended for Question Time.

The Speaker took the Chair.

8.    Question Time

8.1   Employment and Learning

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

8.2   Enterprise, Trade and Investment

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Mrs Arlene Foster.  

9.    Private Members’ Business (Cont’d)

9.1   Motion - Decade of Centenaries

Debate resumed on the motion.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

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

10.  Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 4.44pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
27 February 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
22 - 27 February 2012

1. Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly

2. Bills of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Marine Bill (As Introduced) (NIA Bill 5/11-15)

3. Orders in Council

4. Publications Laid in the Northern Ireland Assembly

Land and Property Services Trust Statement - Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2011 (DFP)

5. Assembly Reports

Response to the Consultation on the Draft Programme for Government 2011-15, the Draft Investment Strategy for Northern Ireland 2011-21 and the Draft Economic Strategy NIA 33/11-15 (Committee for Regional Development)

6. Statutory Rules

  • S.R. 2012/49 Superannuation (Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DFP)
  • S.R. 2012/50 Superannuation (Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DFP)
  • S.R. 2012/51 Superannuation (Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Law Commission) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DFP)
  • S.R. 2012/52 The Removal and Disposal of Vehicles (Prescribed Periods) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2012/57 The University Terrace, Belfast (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/58 The Shankbridge Road, Ballymena (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/60 The Malone Beeches, Belfast (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/61 The Statutory Nuisances (Appeals) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)

For Information Only:

  • S.R. 2012/48 (C.8) Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) (2011 Act) (Commencement No.3) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)
  • S.R 2012/53 The Waiting Restrictions (Ormeau Road, Belfast) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/54 The Cycle Routes (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R 2012/55 The Bus Lanes (East Bridge Street and Cromac Street, Belfast) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/56 The Parking Places (Disabled Persons' Vehicles) (Amendment No.2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/63 The Prohibition of Traffic (Lenadoon, Belfast) 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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