Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 28 May 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.    Assembly Business

2.1       Motion - Extension of sitting

Proposed:

That, in accordance with Standing Order 10(3A), the sitting on Monday 28 May 2012 be extended to no later than 7.30pm.

Mr P Weir
Ms J McCann
Mr R Swann
Mr P Ramsey
Mr S Dickson

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

3.    Executive Committee Business

3.1       Statement - North-South Ministerial Council meeting in Special EU Programmes Sectoral Format

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, made a statement regarding the North-South Ministerial Council meeting in Special EU Programmes Sectoral Format, following which he replied to questions.

3.2       Statement - Business Rates and Update on the Implementation of the Rates (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2012

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, made a statement regarding the Business Rates and Update on the Implementation of the Rates (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2012, following which he replied to questions.

3.3       Statement - Brussels Engagement Programme and the Executive’s 2012-13 European Priorities 

The junior Minister, Mr Jonathan Bell, made a statement regarding the Brussels Engagement Programme and the Executive’s 2012-13 European Priorities, following which he replied to questions.

The Principal Deputy Speaker (Mr Molloy) took the Chair.

4.    Question Time

4.1       Culture, Arts and Leisure  

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

4.2       Regional Development

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister for Regional Development, Mr Danny Kennedy.

5.    Executive Committee Business (Cont’d)

5.1       Legislative Consent Motion - Finance Bill

Proposed:

That this Assembly agrees that the provisions in clause 189 of, and Schedule 23 to, the Finance Bill as introduced in the House of Commons on 10 May 2012, dealing with the devolution of Northern Ireland long haul rates of air passenger duty, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Minister of Finance and Personnel

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

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

6.    Committee Business

6.1       Motion - Report on Fuel Poverty

Proposed:

That this Assembly approves the Report of the Committee for Social Development on Fuel Poverty; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to implement its recommendations to ensure that a strategic, cross-departmental and cross-sectoral approach is adopted to reduce and prevent fuel poverty.

Chairperson, Committee for Social Development

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

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

7.    Private Members’ Business

7.1       Motion - 'You Need to Know' Campaign

Proposed:

That this Assembly views with concern the findings of the Northern Ireland based research carried out by the National Autistic Society into the mental health of children with autism for the 'You Need to Know' campaign; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to take on board the main findings of the research as his Department prepares to implement the Autism Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.

Mr D Bradley
Mr J Craig
Ms M Boyle
Mr K McCarthy
Mr R Hussey

Debate ensued.

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 6.59pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker

28 May 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on 23 - 28 May 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 Ards Borough Council (DCAL)

Retention and Disposal Schedule for Armagh City and District Council (DCAL)

Retention and Disposal Schedule for Ballymena Borough Council (DCAL)

Retention and Disposal Schedule for Ballymoney Borough Council (DCAL)

Retention and Disposal Schedule for Carrickfergus Borough Council (DCAL)

Retention and Disposal Schedule for Craigavon Borough Council (DCAL)

Retention and Disposal Schedule for Down District Council (DCAL)

Retention and Disposal Schedule for Fermanagh District Council (DCAL)

Retention and Disposal Schedule for Larne Borough Council (DCAL)

Retention and Disposal Schedule for Limavady Borough Council (DCAL)

Retention and Disposal Schedule for Lisburn City Council (DCAL)

Retention and Disposal Schedule for Newry and Mourne District Council (DCAL)

Retention and Disposal Schedule for Newtownabbey Borough Council (DCAL)

Retention and Disposal Schedule for Omagh District Council (DCAL)

Retention and Disposal Schedule for Strabane District Council (DCAL)

5.    Assembly Reports

Report on the Inquiry into Developing the Northern Ireland Economy through Innovation, Research & Development (NIA 42/11-15) (Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment)

6.    Statutory Rules

  • S.R. 2012/191 The Prison Service (Pay Review Body) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOJ)
  • S.R. 2012/207 The Route U5160, Carnbane Industrial Estate, Newry (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/208 The Route B30 Newry Road, Crossmaglen (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/209 The Marine Highway, Carrickfergus (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/210 The Longlands Avenue, Newtownabbey (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/211 The Browning Drive, Londonderry (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2012/212 The Misuse of Drugs (Designation) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DHSSPS)
  • S.R. 2012/213 The Misuse of Drugs (Amendment No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DHSSPS)
  • S.R. 2012/215 The Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 (Disclosure of Social Security Information) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DFP)
  • S.R. 2012/217 The Valuation Tribunal (Amendment No.2) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOJ)
  • Draft S.R. The Labour Relations Agency Arbitration Scheme (Jurisdiction) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DEL)
  • Draft S.R. The Docking of Working Dogs' Tails (Certification and Identification) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DARD)

For Information Only:

  • S.R. 2012/216 The Off-Street Parking (Amendment) 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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