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Minutes of Proceedings

Session: Session currently unavailable

Date: 27 July 2020

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

1. Prayers

Members observed two minutes' silence.

2. Assembly Business

Motion: Suspension of Standing Order 20(1)

Proposed:

That Standing Order 20(1) be suspended for 27 July 2020.

Mr Keith Buchanan
Mr John O'Dowd
Mrs Dolores Kelly
Mr Robbie Butler
Ms Kellie Armstrong
Ms Clare Bailey

The Question being put, the motion was carried with cross-community support.

3. Executive Committee Business

3.1 Further Consideration Stage: Executive Committee (Functions) Bill (NIA Bill 8/17-22)

The junior Minister, Mr Gordon Lyons, moved the Further Consideration Stage of the Executive Committee (Functions) Bill (NIA Bill 8/17-22).

Three amendments were tabled to the Bill.

Amendments

After debate, Amendment 1 to Clause 1 was negatived (Division 1).

After debate, Amendment 2 to Clause 1 was negatived (Division 2).

After debate, Amendment 3 was not moved.

The Executive Committee (Functions) Bill (NIA Bill 8/17-22) stood referred to the Speaker for consideration in accordance with Section 10 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

The Principal Deputy Speaker took the Chair.

4. Question for Urgent Oral Answer

4.1 Restrictions on travel from Spain

The Minister of Health, Mr Robin Swann, responded to a Question for Urgent Oral Answer tabled by Mr Colm Gildernew.

5. Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 3.25pm.

Mr Alex Maskey
The Speaker

27 July 2020

 

Northern Ireland Assembly

27 July 2020
Division 1

Further Consideration Stage: Executive Committee (Functions) Bill (NIA Bill 8/17-22) Amendment 1

Proposed:

Clause 1, Page 1, Line 11

Leave out '"subsections (6) to (9)"' and insert '"subsections (6) and (7)"'

Mr Doug Beattie

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 10
Noes: 73

AYES

Dr Aiken, Mr Allen, Mr Allister, Mrs Barton, Mr Beattie, Mr Butler, Mr Chambers, Mr Nesbitt, Mr Stewart, Mr Wells

Tellers for the Ayes: Dr Aiken, Mr Wells

NOES

Ms Anderson, Dr Archibald, Ms Armstrong, Ms Bailey, Mr Blair, Mr Boylan, Ms P Bradley, Ms S Bradley, Mr K Buchanan, Mr T Buchanan, Mr Buckley, Ms Bunting, Mrs Cameron, Mr Carroll, Mr Catney, Mr Clarke, Mr Dickson, Ms Dillon, Mrs Dodds, Ms Dolan, Mr Dunne, Mr Durkan, Mr Easton, Ms Ennis, Ms Flynn, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Gildernew, Mr Givan, Ms Hargey, Mr Harvey, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Ms Hunter, Mr Irwin, Mr Kearney, Ms C Kelly, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Ms Kimmins, Mrs Long, Mr Lynch, Mr Lyons, Mr Lyttle, Mr McAleer, Mr McCann, Mr McCrossan, Mr McGlone, Mr McGrath, Mr McGuigan, Mr McHugh, Miss McIlveen, Ms McLaughlin, Mr McNulty, Ms Mallon, Mr Middleton, Mr Muir, Ms Mullan, Mr Murphy, Mr Newton, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Mr O'Toole, Mr Poots, Mr Robinson, Ms Rogan, Mr Sheehan, Ms Sheerin, Mr Stalford, Mr Storey, Mr Weir, Miss Woods

Tellers for the Noes: Ms Ennis, Mr Middleton

The Amendment fell.

The following Members' votes were cast by their notified proxy in this division:

Mr Muir voted for Ms Armstrong, Mr Blair, Mr Dickson, Mrs Long and Mr Lyttle.

Mr K Buchanan voted for Ms P Bradley, Mrs Cameron, Mrs Dodds, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mrs Foster, Mr Givan, Mr Harvey, Mr Irwin, Mr Lyons, Mr Newton, Mr Poots, Mr Robinson, Mr Stalford, and Mr Weir.

Mr McGrath voted for Ms S Bradley, Mr Catney, Mr Durkan, Ms Hunter, Mrs D Kelly, Ms Mallon, Mr McCrossan, Mr McGlone, Ms McLaughlin, Mr McNulty and Mr O'Toole.

Mr O'Dowd voted for Ms Anderson, Dr Archibald, Mr Boylan, Ms Dillon, Ms Dolan, Ms Ennis [Teller, Noes], Ms Flynn, Mr Gildernew, Ms Hargey, Mr Kearney, Ms C Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Ms Kimmins, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer, Mr McCann, Mr McGuigan, Mr McHugh, Ms Mullan, Mr Murphy, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mrs O'Neill, Ms Rogan, Mr Sheehan and Ms Sheerin.

Mr Beattie voted for Mr Allister.

Mr Butler voted for Mr Nesbitt.

Miss Woods voted for Ms Bailey.

 

Northern Ireland Assembly

27 July 2020
Division 2

Further Consideration Stage: Executive Committee (Functions) Bill (NIA Bill 8/17-22) Amendment 2

Proposed:

Clause 1, Page 1

Leave out lines 20 to line 2 on page 2

Mr Doug Beattie

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 10
Noes: 73

AYES

Dr Aiken, Mr Allen, Mr Allister, Mrs Barton, Mr Beattie, Mr Butler, Mr Chambers, Mr Nesbitt, Mr Stewart, Mr Wells

Tellers for the Ayes: Dr Aiken, Mr Wells

NOES

Ms Anderson, Dr Archibald, Ms Armstrong, Ms Bailey, Mr Blair, Mr Boylan, Ms P Bradley, Ms S Bradley, Mr K Buchanan, Mr T Buchanan, Mr Buckley, Ms Bunting, Mrs Cameron, Mr Carroll, Mr Catney, Mr Clarke, Mr Dickson, Ms Dillon, Mrs Dodds, Ms Dolan, Mr Dunne, Mr Durkan, Mr Easton, Ms Ennis, Ms Flynn, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Gildernew, Mr Givan, Ms Hargey, Mr Harvey, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Ms Hunter, Mr Irwin, Mr Kearney, Ms C Kelly, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Ms Kimmins, Mrs Long, Mr Lynch, Mr Lyons, Mr Lyttle, Mr McAleer, Mr McCann, Mr McCrossan, Mr McGlone, Mr McGrath, Mr McGuigan, Mr McHugh, Miss McIlveen, Ms McLaughlin, Mr McNulty, Ms Mallon, Mr Middleton, Mr Muir, Ms Mullan, Mr Murphy, Mr Newton, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Mr O'Toole, Mr Poots, Mr Robinson, Ms Rogan, Mr Sheehan, Ms Sheerin, Mr Stalford, Mr Storey, Mr Weir, Miss Woods

Tellers for the Noes: Ms Ennis, Mr Middleton

The Amendment fell.

 

The following Members' votes were cast by their notified proxy in this division:

Mr Muir voted for Ms Armstrong, Mr Blair, Mr Dickson, Mrs Long and Mr Lyttle.

Mr K Buchanan voted for Ms P Bradley, Mrs Cameron, Mrs Dodds, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mrs Foster, Mr Givan, Mr Harvey, Mr Irwin, Mr Lyons, Mr Newton, Mr Poots, Mr Robinson, Mr Stalford, and Mr Weir.

Mr McGrath voted for Ms S Bradley, Mr Catney, Mr Durkan, Ms Hunter, Mrs D Kelly, Ms Mallon, Mr McCrossan, Mr McGlone, Ms McLaughlin, Mr McNulty and Mr O'Toole.

Mr O'Dowd voted for Ms Anderson, Dr Archibald, Mr Boylan, Ms Dillon, Ms Dolan, Ms Ennis [Teller, Noes], Ms Flynn, Mr Gildernew, Ms Hargey, Mr Kearney, Ms C Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Ms Kimmins, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer, Mr McCann, Mr McGuigan, Mr McHugh, Ms Mullan, Mr Murphy, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mrs O'Neill, Ms Rogan, Mr Sheehan and Ms Sheerin.

Mr Beattie voted for Mr Allister.

Mr Butler voted for Mr Nesbitt.

Miss Woods voted for Ms Bailey.

 

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on 22 July 2020 – 27 July 2020

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

Northern Ireland Guardian Ad Litem Agency Annual Report and Accounts 2019-20 (Department of Health)

The Sports Council for Northern Ireland (Sport NI) Annual Report and Accounts 2018-19 (Department for Communities)

Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland Victims and Witnesses: An Inspection of the Care and Treatment of Victims and Witnesses of by the Criminal Justice System in Northern Ireland (Department of Justice)

5. Assembly Reports

Report of the Examiner of Statutory Rules to the Assembly and the Appropriate Committees Seventeenth Report of Session 2019 – 2020 (NIA 38/17-21)

Report of the Examiner of Statutory Rules to the Assembly and the Appropriate Committees Eighteenth Report of Session 2019 – 2020 (NIA 39/17-21)

6. Statutory Rules

SR 2020/146 The Mental Health (Nurses, Guardianship, Consent to Treatment and Prescribed Forms) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (Department of Health)

SR 2020/147 The Social Security (Electronic Communications) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2020 (Department for Communities)

SR 2020/148 The Social Fund and Social Security (Claims and Payments) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (Department for Communities)

SR 2020/149 The Social Security (Income-related Benefits) (Persons of Northern Ireland – Family Members) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (Department for Communities)

SR 2020/150 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (Department of Health)

SR 2020/151 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (Department of Health)

SR 2020/154 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (Department of Health)

SR 2020/155 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (Amendment No. 4) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (Department of Health)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

8. Consultation Documents

9. Departmental Publications

10. Agency Publications

Ofcom Annual Report and Accounts 2019/20 (Ofcom)

11. Westminster Publications

12. Miscellaneous Publications

 

Northern Ireland Assembly Legislation:

Stages in Consideration of Public Bills

First Stage: Introduction of Bill.

Second Stage: General debate of the Bill with an opportunity for Members to vote on its general principles.

Committee Stage (Comm. Stage): Detailed investigation by a Committee which concludes with the publication of a report for consideration by the Assembly.

Consideration Stage (CS): Consideration by the Assembly of, and an opportunity for Members to vote on, the details of the Bill including amendments proposed to the Bill.

Further Consideration Stage (FCS): Consideration by the Assembly of, and an opportunity for Members to vote on, further amendments to the Bill.

Final Stage: Passing or rejecting of Bill by the Assembly, without further amendment.

Royal Assent.

Proceedings as 27 July 2020

2017-2022 Mandate
Executive Bills          

  

Title &
   NIA Bill Number

  
  

First
   Stage

  
  

Second Stage

  
  

Comm. Stage to Conclude

  
  

Report Ordered to be Printed

  
  

CS

  
  

FCS

  
  

Final Stage

  
  

Royal Assent

  

Budget   Bill (NIA Bill 02/17-22)

24/02/20

25/02/20

/

/

02/03/20

03/03/20

09/03/20

26/03/20

Domestic   Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill (NIA Bill 03/17-22)

31/03/20

28/04/20

15/10/20

 

 

 

 

 

Private   Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Bill (NIA 04/17-22

21/04/20

21/04/20

/

/

28/04/20

/

28/04/20

04/05/20

Budget   (No. 2) Bill (NIA 5/17-22)

26/05/20

26/05/20

/

/

01/06/20

02/06/20

02/06/20

17/06/20

Housing   Amendment Bill (NIA 6/17-22)

26/05/20

01/06/20

/

/

16/06/20

23/06/20

30/06/20

 

Pension   Schemes Bill (NIA 7/17-22)

23/06/20

07/07/20

 

 

 

 

 

 

Executive   Committee (Functions) Bill (NIA 8/17-22)

06/07/20

06/07/20

/

/

21/07/20

27/07/20

 

 

2017-2022 Mandate
Non-Executive Bills        

  

Title &
   NIA Bill Number

  
  

First
   Stage

  
  

Second Stage

  
  

Comm. Stage to Conclude

  
  

Report Ordered to be Printed

  
  

CS

  
  

FCS

  
  

Final Stage

  
  

Royal Assent

  

Functioning   of Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (NIA Bill 01/17-22)

03/02/20

16/03/20

02/12/20

 

 

 

 

 

/ Bills progressing by accelerated passage

PROXY VOTING NOTICES – MONDAY 27 JULY 2020

The following Members notified the Speaker, under Standing Order 112, that they wished to avail of proxy voting arrangements for the sitting on Monday 27 July 2020:

Jim Allister*

Gerry Kelly

Martina Anderson

Liz Kimmins

Caoimhe Archibald

Naomi Long

Kellie Armstrong

Gordon Lyons

Clare Bailey

Séan Lynch

John Blair

Chris Lyttle

Cathal Boylan

Nichola Mallon

Paula Bradley

Declan McAleer

Sinéad Bradley

Fra McCann

Pam Cameron

Daniel McCrossan

Pat Catney

Patsy McGlone

Stewart Dickson

Philip McGuigan

Linda Dillon

Maolíosa McHugh

Diane Dodds

Sinead McLaughlin

Jemma Dolan

Justin McNulty

Gordon Dunne

Karen Mullan

Mark Durkan

Conor Murphy

Alex Easton

Mike Nesbitt

Sinéad Ennis

Robin Newton

Arlene Foster

Carál Ní Chuilín

Stewart Dickson

Michelle O’Neill

Órlaithí Flynn

Matthew O’Toole

Colm Gildernew

Edwin Poots

Paul Givan

George Robinson

Deirdre Hargey

Emma Rogan

Harry Harvey

Pat Sheehan

Cara Hunter

Emma Sheerin

William Irwin

Christopher Stalford

Declan Kearney

Robin Swann

Catherine Kelly

Peter Weir

Dolores Kelly

 

* Proxy in place for votes on the Executive Committee (Functions) Bill.

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