Minutes of Proceedings

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Date: 05 October 2021

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

1. Prayers

Members observed two minutes' silence.

2. Speaker's Business

Ministerial Resignations and Appointments

The Deputy Speaker informed Members that the Speaker's Office had received notification of the resignation of Mr Paul Frew as Minister for the Economy with effect from 9.30am on Tuesday 6 July 2021. The Speaker further informed Members that Mr Jeffrey Donaldson, the nominating Officer for the Democratic Unionist Party, nominated Mr Gordon Lyons as Minister for the Economy, and that Mr Lyons accepted the nomination and affirmed the Pledge of Office in the presence of the Principal Deputy Speaker and that of the Chief Executive at 10.15am on Tuesday 6 July 2021.

3. Executive Committee Business

3.1 Statement: British Irish Council Summit Meeting

The deputy First Minister, Mrs Michelle O'Neill, made a statement regarding the recent British Irish Council Summit Meeting, following which she replied to questions.

The Principal Deputy Speaker took the Chair.

3.2 Statement: North South Ministerial Council Education Sectoral Meeting

The Minister of Education, Miss Michelle McIlveen, made a statement regarding the recent North South Ministerial Council Education Sector Meeting, following which she replied to questions.

3.3 First Stage: Private Tenancies Bill (NIA Bill 32/17-22)

The Minister for Communities, Ms Deirdre Hargey, introduced a Bill to amend the law relating to private tenancies.

The Private Tenancies Bill (NIA Bill 32/17-22) passed First Stage and was ordered to be printed.

3.4 Final Stage: Local Government (Meetings and Performance) Bill (NIA Bill 26/17-22)

The Minister for Communities, Ms Deirdre Hargey, moved that the Final Stage of the Local Government (Meetings and Performance) Bill (NIA Bill 26/17-22) do now pass.

Debate ensued.

The Local Government (Meetings and Performance) Bill (NIA Bill 26/17-22) passed Final Stage.

4. Committee Business

4.1 Motion: Extension of Committee Stage - Financial Reporting (Departments and Public Bodies) Bill (NIA Bill 21/17-22)

Proposed:

That, in accordance with Standing Order 33(4), the period referred to in Standing Order 33(2) be extended to 17 December 2021, in relation to the Committee Stage of the Financial Reporting (Departments and Public Bodies) Bill.

Chairperson, Committee for Finance

Debate ensued.

The Question being put, the motion was carried.

4.2 Motion: Support for the Taxi Sector

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes with concern the falling number of taxi drivers in the industry and the impact this will have on post-COVID-19 economic recovery; recognises the impact that the delay in reviewing fare structures has had in exacerbating this decline; and calls on the Minister for Infrastructure to implement measures to address the fall in driver numbers, to expedite the review of fare structures, to work with her Executive colleagues to identify a suite of measures that can be initiated to make the sector more attractive to new entrants, and to review her decision not to issue sector-specific support to operators.

Chairperson, Committee for Infrastructure

Amendment:

Leave out all after the first 'fare structures' and insert:

'and the complexity of taxi driver testing have had in exacerbating this decline; and calls on the Minister for Infrastructure to implement measures to address the fall in driver numbers, to expedite the review of fare structures and to work with her Executive colleagues to identify a suite of measures that can be initiated to make the sector more attractive to new entrants, including a review of sector-specific support to operators.'

Chairperson, Committee for Infrastructure

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker, Mr McGlone, took the Chair

The Question being put, the amendment was made.

The Question being put, the motion as amended was carried.

5. Private Members' Business

5.1 First Stage: Small-Scale Green Energy Bill (NIA Bill 33/17-22)

Mr John O'Dowd introduced a bill to make provision for the establishment of a scheme to promote the micro-generation of renewable electricity; and for connected purposes.

The Small-Scale Green Energy Bill (NIA Bill 33/17-22) passed First Stage and was ordered to be printed.

5.2 First Stage: Political Appointments Bill (NIA Bill 34/17-22)

Mr Jim Allister introduced a bill to amend the law on public appointments in Northern Ireland and amend the Commissioner for Public Appointments (Northern Ireland) Order 1995.

The Political Appointments Bill (NIA Bill 34/17-22) passed First Stage and was ordered to be printed.

5.3 Second Stage: Integrated Education Bill (NIA Bill 23/17-22)

Ms Kellie Armstrong moved the Second Stage of the Integrated Education Bill (NIA Bill 23/17-22).

Debate ensued.

The debate was suspended for Question Time.

6. Question Time

6.1 Infrastructure

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister for Infrastructure, Ms Nichola Mallon.

The Deputy Speaker, Mr Beggs, took the Chair

7. Private Members' Business (cont'd)

7.1 Second Stage: Integrated Education Bill (NIA Bill 23/17-22) (cont'd)

Debate resumed.

The Deputy Speaker, Mr McGlone, took the Chair

The sitting was suspended at 4.29pm.
The sitting resumed at 4.47pm

The Deputy Speaker, Mr Beggs, took the Chair

The Deputy Speaker, Mr McGlone, took the Chair

The Integrated Education Bill (NIA Bill 23/17-22) passed Second Stage (Division).

8. Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 8.27pm.

Mr Alex Maskey
The Speaker
6 July 2021

Northern Ireland Assembly

6 July 2021 - Division

Second Stage: Integrated Education Bill (NIA Bill 23/17-22)

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 56
Noes: 27

AYES

Dr Aiken, Mr Allen, Ms Anderson, Dr Archibald, Ms Armstrong, Ms Bailey, Mrs Barton, Mr Blair, Mr Boylan, Ms S Bradley, Ms Bradshaw, Ms Brogan, Mr Butler, Mr Carroll, Mr Catney, Mr Chambers, Mr Dickson, Ms Dillon, Ms Dolan, Mr Durkan, Ms Ennis, Ms Flynn, Mr Gildernew, Ms Hargey, Ms Hunter, Mr Kearney, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Ms Kimmins, Mrs Long, Mr Lyttle, Mr McAleer, Mr McCann, Mr McCrossan, Mr McGrath, Mr McGuigan, Mr McHugh, Ms McLaughlin, Mr McNulty, Ms Mallon, Mr Muir, Ms Mullan, Ms Á Murphy, Mr C Murphy, Mr Nesbitt, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Mr O'Toole, Ms Rogan, Mr Sheehan, Ms Sheerin, Mr Stewart, Ms Sugden, Mr Swann, Miss Woods.

Tellers for the Ayes: Ms Bailey, Mr Lyttle.

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, 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.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr Harvey, Mr Weir.

The Integrated Education Bill (NIA Bill 23/17-22) passed Second Stage.

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

Ms Armstrong voted for Mr Blair, Ms Bradshaw, Mr Dickson, Mrs Long, Mr Lyttle [Teller, Ayes] and Mr Muir.

Mr Humphrey voted for 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, Mr Frew, Mr Givan, Mr Harvey [Teller, Noes], Mr Hilditch, Mr Irwin, Mr Lyons, Miss McIlveen, Mr Middleton, Mr Newton, Mr Poots, Mr Robinson, Mr Stalford, Mr Storey and Mr Weir [Teller, Noes].

Mr Butler voted for Mr Aiken, Mr Allen, Mrs Barton, Mr Chambers, Mr Nesbitt, Mr Stewart and Mr Swann.

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

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

Ms Bailey [Teller, Ayes] voted for Ms Sugden and Miss Woods.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on 6 July 2021

1. Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly

2. Bills of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Private Tenancies Bill (NIA Bill 32/17-22)

Small-Scale Green Energy Bill (NIA Bill 33/17-22)

Political Appointments Bill (NIA Bill 34/17-22)

3. Orders in Council

4. Publications Laid in the Northern Ireland Assembly

Forensic Science Northern Ireland Annual Report and Accounts 2020/21 (Department of Justice)

Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation 2020-21 Annual Report and Accounts (Department of Finance)

HSC Southern Health and Social Care Trust (SHSCT) Annual Report and Accounts 2020-21 (Department of Health)

BBC Group Annual Report and Accounts 2020/21 (BBC Northern Ireland)

Western Health and Social Care Trust Annual Report and Accounts 2020-21 (Department of Health)

Northern Ireland Assembly Commission Annual Report and Accounts 2020-21 (Department of Finance)

Northern Ireland Environment Agency Annual Report and Accounts 2020-21 (Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs)

5. Assembly Reports

Report of the Examiner of Statutory Rules to the Assembly and the Appropriate Committees Forty-fifth Report of Session 2020 – 2021 (NIA 116/17-22) (Examiner of Statutory Rules)

6. Statutory Rules

Explanatory Memorandum for SR 2021/189 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Operator Liability and Information to Passengers) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (Department of Health)

Affirmed Version of SR 2021 161 The Sea Fish Industry (Coronavirus) (Fixed Costs) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

Introduction of the Adoption and Children Bill into the Assembly (Minister of Health)

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 6 July 2021

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 Civil Proceedings Bill (NIA Bill 03/17-22)

31/03/20

28/04/20

15/10/20

15/10/20

17/11/20

15/12/20

18/01/21

01/03/21

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

21/04/20

21/04/20

/

/

28/04/20

/

28/04/20

04/05/20

Budget   (No. 2) Bill (NIA Bill 05/17-22)

26/05/20

26/05/20

/

/

01/06/20

02/06/20

02/06/20

17/06/20

Housing   Amendment Bill (NIA Bill 06/17-22)

26/05/20

01/06/20

/

/

16/06/20

23/06/20

30/06/20

28/08/20

Pension   Schemes Bill (NIA Bill 07/17-22)

23/06/20

07/07/20

29/01/21

19/11/20

04/05/21

17/05/21

01/06/21

 

Executive   Committee (Functions) Bill (NIA Bill 08/17-22)

06/07/20

06/07/20

/

/

21/07/20

27/07/20

28/07/20

25/08/20

Budget   (No. 3) Bill

(NIA   Bill 09/17-22)

19/10/20

20/10/20

/

/

02/11/20

09/11/20

10/11/20

25/11/20

The   Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill

(NIA   Bill 10/17-22)

19/10/20

03/11/20

15/05/21

13/05/21

08/06/21

21/06/21

29/06/21

 

The   Criminal Justice (Committal Reform) Bill (NIA Bill 11/17-22)

03/11/20

16/11/20

11/06/21

 

 

 

 

 

The   Harbours (Grants and Loans Limit) Bill (NIA Bill 12/17-22)

23/11/20

01/12/20

/

/

14/12/20

19/01/21

25/01/21

01/03/21

Protection from Stalking Bill (NIA Bill   14/17-22)

18/01/20

08/02/21

10/12/21

 

 

 

 

 

The Damages (Return on Investment) Bill (NIA   Bill 16/17-22)

01/03/21

09/03/21

28/10/21

 

 

 

 

 

Budget Bill (NIA Bill 17/17-22)

01/03/21

02/03/21

/

/

08/03/21

09/03/21

09/03/21

23/03/21

Health and Social Care Bill (NIA Bill   18/17/22)


  08/03/21

 

16/03/21

01/10/21

 

 

 

 

 

Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill (NIA Bill   20/17-22)

13/04/21

26/04/21

28/01/22

 

 

 

 

 

The Financial Reporting (Departments and   Public Bodies) Bill (NIA Bill 21/17-22)

01/06/21

14/06/21

17/12/21

 

 

 

 

 

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill   (NIA Bill 22/17-22)

01/06/21

14/06/21

15/11/21

 

 

 

 

 

Budget (No.2) Bill (NIA Bill 24/17-22)

07/06/21

08/06/21

/

/

14/06/21

21/06/21

22/06/21

 

Local Government (Meetings and Performance)   Bill (NIA Bill 26/17-22)

14/06/21

22/06/21

/

/

28/06/21

05/07/21

06/07/21

 

Charities Bill (NIA Bill 27/17-22)

21/06/21

29/06/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climate Change (No. 2) Bill (NIA Bill 28/17-22)

05/07/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking   Victims)  Bill (NIA Bill 29/17-22)

05/07/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organ and Tissue (Deemed Consent) Bill (NIA   Bill 30/17-22)

05/07/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private Tenancies Bill (NIA Bill 32/17-22)

06/07/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

11/11/20

24/11/20

19/01/21

02/02/20

22/03/21

Assembly   Members (Remuneration Board) Bill

(NIA   Bill 13/17-22)

14/12/20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The   Severe Fetal Impairment Abortion (Amendment) Bill

(NIA   Bill 15/17-22)

16/02/21

15/03/21

19/11/21

 

 

 

 

 

Climate   Change Bill (NIA Bill 19/17-22)

22/03/21

10/05/21

17/12/21

 

 

 

 

 

The   Integrated Education Bill (NIA Bill 23/17-22)

01/06/21

06/06/21

12/10/21

 

 

 

 

 

Defamation   Bill (NIA Bill 25/17-22)

07/06/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autism   (Amendment) Bill (NIA Bill 31/17-22)

05/07/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small   Scale Green Energy Bill (NIA Bill 33/17-22)

06/07/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Political   Appointments Bill (NIA Bill 34/17-22)

06/07/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/ Bills progressing by accelerated passage

PROXY VOTING NOTICES – TUESDAY 6 JULY 2021

The following Members notified the Speaker, under Standing Order 112, that they wished to avail of proxy voting arrangements for the sitting on Tuesday 6 July 2021:

Steve Aiken

Dolores Kelly

Andy Allen

Gerry Kelly

Martina Anderson

Liz Kimmins

Caoimhe Archibald

Naomi Long

Rosemary Barton

Gordon Lyons

Roy Beggs

Chris Lyttle

John Blair

Nichola Mallon

Cathal Boylan

Declan McAleer

Maurice Bradley

Fra McCann

Paula Bradley

Daniel McCrossan

Sinead Bradley

Patsy McGlone

Paula Bradshaw

Colin McGrath

Nicola Brogan

Philip McGuigan

Keith Buchanan

Maolíosa McHugh

Thomas Buchanan

Michelle McIlveen

Jonathan Buckley

Sinead McLaughlin

Joanne Bunting

Justin McNulty

Pam Cameron

Gary Middleton

Pat Catney

Andrew Muir

Alan Chambers

Karen Mullan

Trevor Clarke

Áine Murphy

Stewart Dickson

Conor Murphy

Linda Dillon

Mike Nesbitt

Diane Dodds

Robin Newton

Stephen Dunne

Carál Ní Chuilín

Jemma Dolan

Michelle O’Neill

Mark Durkan

Edwin Poots

Alex Easton

George Robinson

Sinead Ennis

Emma Rogan

Órlaithí Flynn

Pat Sheehan

Paul Frew

Emma Sheerin

Colm Gildernew

Christopher Stalford

Paul Givan

John Stewart

Deirdre Hargey

Mervyn Storey

Harry Harvey

Claire Sugden

David Hilditch

Robin Swann

Cara Hunter

Peter Weir

William Irwin

Rachel Woods

Declan Kearney

 

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