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Minutes of Proceedings

Session: Session currently unavailable

Date: 03 March 2020

The Assembly met at 10.30am, the Speaker in the Chair.

1. Prayers

Members observed two minutes' silence.

2. Executive Committee Business

2.1 Further Consideration Stage Budget Bill (NIA Bill 2/17-22)

Minister of Finance

The Minister of Finance, Mr Conor Murphy, moved the Further Consideration Stage of the Budget Bill (NIA Bill 2/17-22).

No amendments were tabled to the Bill.

NIA Bill 02/17-22 stood referred to the Speaker for consideration in accordance with Section 10 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

3. Private Members' Business

3.1 Motion: Crime and Older People

Proposed:

That this Assembly calls upon the Minister of Justice to develop a departmental and cross-agency plan to implement the recommendations of the May 2019 Report of the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland entitled Crime and Justice: The Experience of Older People in Northern Ireland.

Mr Mervyn Storey
Ms Joanne Bunting

Debate ensued.

The Principal Deputy Speaker took the Chair.

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

3.2 Motion: Areas of Natural Constraint

Proposed:

That this Assembly expresses concern at the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs decision to end Areas of Natural Constraint support; notes that the decision has had a negative impact on farmers in Severely Disadvantaged Areas; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to use the powers contained within Schedule 6 of the Agriculture Bill (HC Bill 7) to bring forward a new Areas of Natural Constraint scheme.

Mr Declan McAleer
Ms Jemma Dolan
Mr Philip McGuigan

Debate ensued.

The sitting was suspended at 12.59pm.

The sitting resumed at 2.00pm, with the Speaker in the Chair.

4. Question Time

4.1 Justice

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Justice, Mrs Naomi Long.

4.2 Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Mr Edwin Poots.

Deputy Speaker Beggs took the Chair.

5. Private Members' Business (cont'd)

5.1 Motion: Areas of Natural Constraint (cont'd)

Debate resumed.

The Question being put, the motion was carried (Division).

6. Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

Mr Robin Newton spoke to his topic regarding investment in the Comber Greenway.

The Assembly adjourned at 5.02pm.

Mr Alex Maskey
The Speaker
3 March 2020

Northern Ireland Assembly

3 March 2020
Division

Areas of Natural Constraint

Proposed:

That this Assembly expresses concern at the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs decision to end Areas of Natural Constraint support; notes that the decision has had a negative impact on farmers in Severely Disadvantaged Areas; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to use the powers contained within Schedule 6 of the Agriculture Bill (HC Bill 7) to bring forward a new Areas of Natural Constraint scheme.

Mr Declan McAleer
Ms Jemma Dolan
Mr Philip McGuigan

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 48
Noes: 29

AYES

Dr Aiken, Mr Allen, Ms Anderson, Dr Archibald, Ms Armstrong, Ms Bailey, Mrs Barton, Mr Beattie, Mr Blair, Mr Boylan, Ms S Bradley, Ms Bradshaw, Mr Butler, Mr Carroll, Mr Catney, Mr Chambers, Ms Dillon, Ms Dolan, Mr Durkan, Ms Ennis, Ms Flynn, Mr Gildernew, Ms Hargey, Mr Kearney, Ms C Kelly, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Ms Kimmins, Mr Lynch, Mr Lyttle, Mr McAleer, Mr McCann, Mr McCrossan, Mr McGlone, Mr McGrath, Mr McGuigan, Mr McHugh, Mr McNulty, Ms Mallon, Mr Muir, Ms Mullan, Mr Nesbitt, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Mr Sheehan, Ms Sheerin, Mr Stewart.

Tellers for the Ayes: Ms Dolan, Ms Sheerin.

NOES

Mr Allister, Mr M Bradley, Ms P Bradley, Mr K Buchanan, Mr T Buchanan, Mr Buckley, Ms Bunting, Mrs Cameron, Mr Clarke, Mrs Dodds, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Givan, Mr Harvey, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mr Lyons, Miss McIlveen, Mr Middleton, Mr Newton, Mr Poots, Mr Robinson, Mr Stalford, Mr Storey, Mr Weir, Mr Wells.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr M Bradley, Mr Robinson

The motion was carried.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on 3 March 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 Audit Office Report – Continuous Improvement in Policing (Northern Ireland Audit Office)

The Sports Council for Northern Ireland (Sport NI) Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18 (Department for Communities)

5. Assembly Reports

6. Statutory Rules

7. Written Ministerial Statements

8. Consultation Documents

9. Departmental Publications

10. Agency Publications

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 3 March 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/ Bills progressing by accelerated passage

 

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