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Minutes of Proceedings

Session: Session currently unavailable

Date: 08 November 2021

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

1. Prayers

Members observed two minutes' silence.

2. Speaker's Business

Youth Assembly

The Speaker advised Members that the Youth Assembly met on Saturday morning, and that he would keep Members up to date on how the Youth Assembly is progressing.

3. Members' Statements

Under Standing Order 24A, the following Members made a statement to the Assembly;

Ms Aisling Reilly

Mr Peter Weir

Mr Matthew O'Toole

Dr Steve Aiken

Mr John Blair

Mr Jim Allister

Mr John O'Dowd

Mrs Deborah Erskine

Mr Patsy McGlone

Ms Paula Bradshaw

Ms Sinéad Ennis

Mr Paul Frew

Mr Christopher Stalford

4. Assembly Business

4.1 Motion: The draft Flags (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

Proposed:

That this Assembly takes note of the proposed changes to the Flags Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 as set out in the draft Flags (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2021.

Mr John O'Dowd
Ms Joanne Bunting
Mrs Dolores Kelly
Mr Robbie Butler
Mr Andrew Muir
Ms Clare Bailey

Debate ensued.

The Question being put, the motion was carried.

The Principal Deputy Speaker took the Chair.

5. Ministerial Statement

5.1 Glenarm Forest Queen's Commonwealth Canopy Accreditation

The Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Mr Edwin Poots, made a statement regarding Glenarm Forest Queen's Commonwealth Canopy Accreditation, following which he replied to questions.

The sitting was suspended at 1.16pm.

The sitting resumed at 1.33pm, with the Principal Deputy Speaker in the Chair.

6. Executive Committee Business

6.1 First Stage: Support for Mortgage Interest etc (Security for Loans) Bill (NIA Bill 42/17-22)

The Minister for Communities, Ms Deirdre Hargey, introduced a Bill to provide for loans under Article 13 of the Welfare Reform and Work (Northern Ireland) Order 2016 to be charged on land and for the charges to be registrable in the Statutory Charges Register.

The Support for Mortgage Interest etc (Security for Loans) Bill (NIA Bill 42/17-22) passed First Stage and was ordered to be printed.

7. Committee Business

7.1 Motion: Extension of Committee Stage – Adoption and Children Bill (NIA Bill 37/17-22)

Proposed:

That, in accordance with Standing Order 33(4), the period referred to in Standing Order 33(2) be extended to 28 January 2022, in relation to the Committee Stage of the Adoption and Children Bill.

Chairperson, Committee for Health

Debate ensued.


The Question being put, the motion was carried.

8. Private Members' Business

8.1 Second Stage: Education (Curriculum) (CPR and AED) Bill (NIA Bill 38/17-22)

Mr Colin McGrath moved Second Stage of the Education (Curriculum) (CPR and AED) Bill (NIA Bill 38/17-22)

Debate ensued.

The debate stood suspended for Question Time, the Speaker took the Chair.

9. Question Time

9.1 The Executive Office

Questions were put to, and answered by, the deputy First Minister, Mrs Michelle O'Neill. The junior Minister, Mr Declan Kearney, also answered a number of questions.

9.2 Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

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

The Deputy Speaker, Mr McGlone, took the Chair.

10. Question for Urgent Oral Answer

10.1 COVID-19 Vaccine Management System

The Minister of Health, Mr Robin Swann, responded to a Question for Urgent Oral Answer tabled by Mrs Pam Cameron.

11. Private Members' Business (cont'd)

11.1 Second Stage: Education (Curriculum) (CPR and AED) Bill (NIA Bill 38/17-22)

Debate resumed.

The Education (Curriculum) (CPR and AED) Bill (NIA Bill 38/17-22) passed Second Stage.

12. Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 5.04pm.

Mr Alex Maskey
The Speaker

8 November 2021

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on 3 November 2021 to 8 November 2021.

1. Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly

2. Bills of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Support for Mortgage Interest etc (Security for Loans) Bill (NIA Bill 42/17-22)

3. Orders in Council

4. Publications Laid in the Northern Ireland Assembly

2020-21 Annual Report and Accounts for the Department of Finance (Department of Finance)

2020-21 Annual Report and Accounts for the Department of Education (Department of Finance)

Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals Northern Ireland 2020 (Department of Health)

Budget 2022-25 Funding Available (Department of Finance)

Commission Investigation under Paragraph 10 of Schedule 9 of the Northern Ireland Act: Complaint against The Northern Ireland Office (Equality Commission Northern Ireland)

Northern Ireland Housing Executive 2020/21 Annual Report and Accounts (Department for Communities)

Six-year Report on the Marine Plan Process for Northern Ireland's Inshore and Offshore Regions for the Period of 2015 to 2021 (Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs)

Education Authority Annual Report and Accounts 2019-20 (Department of Education)

How the Criminal Justice System in Northern Ireland treats Females in Conflict with the Law (Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland)

5. Assembly Reports

Report on the Legislative Consent Motion – Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill (NIA 139/17-22) (Committee for Justice)

Report of the Examiner of Statutory Rules to the Assembly and the Appropriate Committees Fifth Report of Session 2021 – 2022 (NIA 140/17-22) (Examiner of Statutory Rules)

6. Statutory Rules

Draft SR The Smoke-Free (Private Vehicles) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (Department of Health)

Draft SR - The Nicotine Inhaling Products (Age of Sale and Proxy Purchasing) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (Department of Health)

Draft SR – The Tobacco Retailer (Fixed Penalty) (Amount) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (Department of Health)

SR 2021/297 The Female Genital Mutilation Protection Order (Relevant Third Party) Order (Northern Ireland) 2021 (Department of Finance)

For information only

2021/295 The Prohibition of Waiting (Schools) (Amendment No. 3) Order (Northern Ireland) 2021 (Department for Infrastructure)

SR 2021/294 The Parking Places, Loading Bay and Waiting Restrictions (Randalstown) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2021 (Department for Infrastructure)

SR 2021/296 The Traffic Weight Restriction (Clady) Order (Northern Ireland) 2021 (Department for Infrastructure)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

8. Consultation Documents

9. Departmental Publications

10. Agency Publications

11. Westminster Publications

12. Miscellaneous Publications

PROXY VOTING NOTICES – MONDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2021

The following Members notified the Speaker, under Standing Order 112, that they wished to avail of proxy voting arrangements for the sitting on Monday 8 November 2021:

Steve Aiken

William   Humphrey

Andy Allen

Cara Hunter

Caoimhe Archibald

William Irwin

Kellie   Armstrong

Declan   Kearney

Rosemary   Barton

Dolores Kelly

Doug Beattie

Gerry Kelly

Roy Beggs

Liz Kimmins

John Blair

Naomi Long

Cathal Boylan

Gordon Lyons

Paula Bradley

Chris Lyttle

Sinead Bradley

Nichola   Mallon

Paula   Bradshaw

Declan   McAleer

Nicola Brogan

Daniel   McCrossan

Keith   Buchanan

Patsy McGlone

Thomas   Buchanan

Philip   McGuigan

Jonathan   Buckley

Maolíosa   McHugh

Pam Cameron

Michelle   McIlveen

Pat Catney

Sinead   McLaughlin

Alan Chambers

Justin   McNulty

Trevor Clarke

Gary   Middleton

Pádraig   Delargy

Áine Murphy

Stewart   Dickson

Conor Murphy

Linda Dillon

Mike Nesbitt

Jemma Dolan

Robin Newton

Diane Dodds

Carál Ní   Chuilín

Stephen Dunne

Michelle   O’Neill

Mark Durkan

Matthew   O’Toole

Alex Easton

Edwin Poots

Sinead Ennis

Aisling   Reilly

Deborah   Erskine

George   Robinson

Ciara   Ferguson

Emma Rogan

Órlaithí   Flynn

Pat Sheehan

Paul Frew

Emma Sheerin

Colm   Gildernew

Christopher   Stalford

Paul Givan

John Stewart

Deirdre   Hargey

Mervyn Storey

Harry Harvey

Robin Swann

David   Hilditch

Peter Weir

 

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