Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 27 June 2011

Venue: Assembly Chamber

No. 11-11/12

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 The Police Ombudsman's Report on the Loughinisland Killings

Ms Caitríona Ruane made a statement, under Standing Order 24, in relation to the Police Ombudsman’s Report on the Loughinisland Killings. Constituency representatives were also called to speak on the matter.

2.2 Historical Enquiries Team Report on the Kingsmills Massacre

Mr Danny Kennedy made a statement, under Standing Order 24, in relation to the Historical Enquiries Team Report on the Kingsmills Massacre. Constituency representatives were also called to speak on the matter.

3. Assembly Business

3.1 Extension of Sitting on Monday 27 June 2011 under SO 10(3A)

Proposed:

That, in accordance with Standing Order 10(3A), the sitting on Monday 27 June 2011 be extended to no later than 9.00pm.

Mr R Swann
Mr P Weir

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

4. Executive Committee Business

4.1 Further Consideration Stage - Budget (No.2) Bill (NIA 1/11-15)

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, moved the Further Consideration Stage of the Budget (No.2) Bill.

No amendments were tabled to the Bill.

Bill NIA 1/11-15 stood referred to the Speaker for consideration in accordance with section 10 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

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

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, moved that the Final Stage of the Budget (No.2) Bill do now pass.

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Molloy) took the Chair.

The Speaker took the Chair.

The debate was suspended for Question Time.

5. Question Time

5.1 Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister

Questions were put to, and answered by, the deputy First Minister, Mr Martin McGuinness. The junior Minister, Ms Martina Anderson, also answered a number of questions.

5.2 Social Development

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

6. Executive Committee Business (Cont’d)

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

Debate resumed on the Final Stage.

NIA Bill 1/11-15 passed Final Stage with cross-community support (Division 1).

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

6.2 Legislative Consent Motion - Finance (No.3) Bill

Proposed:

That this Assembly agrees that the UK Parliament should consider amendments to the Finance (No. 3) Bill to extend to Northern Ireland the provisions dealing with mutual assistance for the recovery of taxes etc.

Minister of Finance and Personnel

Debate ensued.

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

6.3 Motion - Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

Proposed:

That the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 be approved.

Minister for Social Development

Debate ensued.

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

6.4 Legislative Consent Motion - Protection of Freedoms Bill

Proposed:

That this Assembly endorses the principle of the extension to Northern Ireland of the provisions of the Protection of Freedoms Bill dealing with the Disclosure and Barring Service contained in Chapter 3 of Part 5 of, and Schedule 8 to, the Bill as amended at Committee Stage in the House of Commons.

Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Debate ensued.

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

7. Committee Business

7.1 Motion - Higher Education Tuition Fees

Proposed:

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Employment and Learning to ensure that funding is available to maintain the excellence of Northern Ireland's higher education system and is consistent with our aim of maximising educational opportunities for all.

Chairperson, Committee for Employment and Learning

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

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 6.28pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker

27 June 2011

Northern Ireland Assembly

27 June 2011
Divisions

Division No. 1

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

Minister of Finance and Personnel

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 65
Noes: 15

Ayes

Nationalist

Ms M Anderson, Mr Boylan, Mr Brady, Mr W Clarke, Mr Doherty, Ms Gildernew, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCartney, Mr McElduff, Mr M McGuinness, Mr McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr A Maskey, Mr P Maskey, Mr Murphy, Ms N í Chuil ín, Mr Ó hOis ín, Mr O ’Dowd, Mrs O ’Neill, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Unionist

Mr S Anderson, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Mr Buchanan, Mr Campbell, Mr T Clarke, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mrs Lewis, Mr McCausland, Mr I McCrea, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McQuillan, Lord Morrow, Mr Moutray, Mr Newton, Mr Poots, Mr G Robinson, Rt Hon P Robinson, Mr Ross, Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Weir, Mr Wells, Mr Wilson.

Other

Mrs Cochrane, Mr Dickson, Dr Farry, Mr Ford, Ms Lo, Mr Lunn, Mr McCarthy.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr F McCann and Mr G Robinson.

Noes

Nationalist

Mr D Bradley, Mr Byrne, Mr Dallat, Mr Durkan, Mr Eastwood, Mrs D Kelly, Mr McDevitt, Dr McDonnell, Mr McGlone, Mrs McKevitt, Mr A Maginness, Mr P Ramsey, Ms Ritchie.

Unionist

Mr Allister.

Other

Mr Agnew.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr Agnew and Mr Allister.

Total votes 80 Total Ayes 65 [81.3 %]

Nationalist Votes 37 Nationalist Ayes 24 [64.9 % ]

Unionist Votes 35 Unionist Ayes 34 [97.1 % ]

Other Votes 8 Other Ayes 7 [87.5 % ]

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

Mr Beggs, Mr Copeland, Mr Cree, Mrs Dobson, Mr Elliott, Mr Gardiner, Mr Kinahan, Mr McCallister, Mr B McCrea, Mr Nesbitt, Mrs Overend, Mr Swann.

The Final Stage was passed (cross-community vote).

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
22 - 27 June 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

Libraries NI Annual Report and Accounts 2009/10 (DCAL)

Ofqual Annual Report 2010/2011 (DEL)

Chief Local Government Auditor's Code of Audit Practice 2011 (DOE)

Business Services Organisation Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2011 (DHSSPS)

Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation: Annual Report for 2010/11 (DETI)

Forest Service Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2011 (DARD)

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2011 (DHSSPS)

Inspection of the Use of Legal Services by the Criminal Justice System (CJINI)

5. Assembly Reports

6. Statutory Rules

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

  • S.R. 2011/223 Marketing of Potatoes (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DARD)
  • S.R. 2011/228 The Local Government (Contracts) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2011/236 The Plastic Kitchenware (Conditions on Imports from China) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DHSSPS)

For Information Only:

  • S.R. 2011/220 The Road Races (Craigantlet Hill Climb) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2011/221 The Road Races (Armoy Motorcycle Race) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DRD)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

8. Consultation Documents

Consultation on the Potential for Extending the Natural Gas Network in Northern Ireland (DETI)

9. Departmental Publications

Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland Business Plan 2011/12 (DOJ)

10. Agency Publications

11. Westminster Publications

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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