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Minutes of Proceedings

Session: Session currently unavailable

Date: 07 December 2021

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

1. Prayers

Members observed two minutes' silence.


2. Ministerial Statement

2.1 British-Irish Council Indigenous and Minority Languages Sectoral meeting
The Minister for Communities, Ms Deirdre Hargey, made a statement regarding the recent British-Irish Council Indigenous and Minority Languages Sectoral meeting, following which she replied to questions.

 

3 Executive Committee Business

3.1 Motion: Accelerated Passage – Social Security (Terminal Illness) Bill (NIA Bill 47/17-22)

Proposed:
That the Social Security (Terminal Illness) Bill proceed under the accelerated passage procedure.

Minister for Communities

Debate ensued.

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

3.2 Second Stage: Social Security (Terminal Illness) Bill (NIA Bill 47/17-22)

The Minister for Communities, Ms Deirdre Hargey, moved Second Stage of the Social Security (Terminal Illness) Bill (NIA Bill 47/17-22).

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker, Mr Beggs, took the Chair.

The Social Security (Terminal Illness) Bill (NIA Bill 47/17-22) passed Second Stage.

3.3 Motion: The draft Direct Payments to Farmers (Simplifications) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2022

Proposed:
That the draft Direct Payments to Farmers (Simplifications) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2022 be approved.

Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Debate ensued.

The Question being put, the motion was carried.

3.4 Final Stage: Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill (NIA Bill 20/17-22)

The Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Mr Edwin Poots, moved that the Final Stage of the Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill (NIA Bill 20/17-22) do now pass.

Debate ensued.

The Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill (NIA Bill 20/17-22) passed Final Stage.

3.5 Consideration Stage: Financial Reporting (Departments and Public Bodies) Bill (NIA Bill 21/17-22)

The Minister of Finance, Mr Conor Murphy, moved the Consideration Stage of the Financial Reporting (Departments and Public Bodies) Bill (NIA Bill 21/17-22).

Two amendments were tabled to the Bill and selected for debate.

Clauses
After debate, Amendment 1 to Clause 1 was made without division.

After debate, Amendment 2 to Clause 1 was made without division.

The question being put, it was agreed without division that Clause 1, as amended, stand part of the Bill.

The question being put, it was agreed without division that Clauses 2 to 4 stand part of the Bill.

Long Title
The question being put, the Long Title was agreed without division.

The Financial Reporting (Departments and Public Bodies) Bill (NIA Bill 21/17-22) stood referred to the Speaker.

The sitting was suspended at 1.02pm.
The sitting resumed at 2.00pm, with the Speaker in the Chair.

4. Question Time

4.1 Finance

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Finance, Mr Conor Murphy.

The Principal Deputy Speaker took the Chair.

4.2 Assembly Commission

Questions were put to, and answered by, Members of the Assembly Commission.

 

5. Executive Committee Business (cont'd)

5.1 Final Stage: Damages (Return on Investment) Bill (NIA Bill 16/17-22)

The Minister of Justice, Mrs Naomi Long, moved that the Final Stage of the Damages (Return on Investment) Bill (NIA Bill 16/17-22) do now pass.

Debate ensued.

The Damages (Return on Investment) Bill (NIA Bill 16/17-22) passed Final Stage.

5.2 Final Stage: Health and Social Care Bill (NIA Bill 18/17-22)

The Minister of Health, Mr Robin Swann, moved that the Final Stage of the Health and Social Care Bill (NIA Bill 18/17-22) do now pass.

Debate ensued.

The Health and Social Care Bill (NIA Bill 18/17-22) passed Final Stage.

The Speaker took the Chair.

5.3 Legislative Consent Motion: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill

Proposed:

That this Assembly endorses the principle of the extension to Northern Ireland of the provisions of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill relating to the establishment of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency and powers for the Secretary of State to make grants to that body.

Minister for the Economy

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker, Mr McGlone, took the Chair.

The Question being put, the motion was carried.

6. Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.
The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 4.55pm.

Mr Alex Maskey
The Speaker
7 December 2021

 

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on 7 December 2021

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

UK Anti-Doping Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021 (UK Anti-Doping Limited)

5. Assembly Reports

6. Statutory Rules

SR 2021/323 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel, Operator Liability and Information to Passengers) (Amendment No. 11) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (Department of Health)
SR 2021/000 Draft SR - The Grants to Water and Sewerage Undertakers Order (Northern Ireland) 2022 (Department for Infrastructure)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

8. Consultation Documents

9. Departmental Publications

10. Agency Publications

Independent Reporting Commission Fourth Report (Independent Reporting Commission)

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 7 December 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

09/08/21

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

26/08/21

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

03/11/20

16/11/20

11/06/21

10/06/21

23/11/21

06/12/21

 

 

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

21/10/21

15/11/21

29/11/21

07/12/21

 

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

30/09/21

16/11/21

29/11/21

07/12/21

 

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

13/04/21

26/04/21

28/01/22

14/10/21

16/11/21

29/11/21

07/12/21

 

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

01/06/21

14/06/21

17/12/21

17/11/21

07/12/21

 

 

 

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

01/06/21

14/06/21

15/11/21

15/11/21

30/11/21

 

 

 

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

07/06/21

08/06/21

/

/

14/06/21

21/06/21

22/06/21

04/08/21

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

26/08/21

Charities Bill (NIA Bill 27/17-22)

21/06/21

29/06/21

10/12/21

 

 

 

 

 

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

05/07/21

27/09/21

28/01/22

 

 

 

 

 

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

05/07/21

13/09/21

28/01/22

 

 

 

 

 

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

05/07/21

20/09/21

21/01/22

 

 

 

 

 

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

06/07/21

13/09/21

14/01/22

 

 

 

 

 

Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Amendment) Bill (NIA Bill 36/17-22)

14/09/21

27/09/21

28/01/22

 

 

 

 

 

Adoption and Children Bill (NIA Bill 37/17-22)

20/09/21

05/10/21

28/01/22

 

 

 

 

 

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

08/11/21

16/11/21

18/01/21

 

 

 

 

 

Non-domestic Rates Valuations (Coronavirus) Bill (NIA Bill 44/17-22)

15/11/21

23/11/21

25/01/21

 

 

 

 

 

Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill (NIA Bill 45/17-22)

15/11/21

30/11/21

/

/

 

 

 

 

Social Security (Terminal Illness) Bill (NIA Bill 17/17-22)

29/11/21

07/12/21

/

/

 

 

 

 


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

11/11/21

 

 

 

 

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

06/07/21

24/11/21

24/11/21

 

 

 

 

Defamation Bill (NIA Bill 25/17-22)

07/06/21

14/09/21

28/01/22

 

 

 

 

 

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

05/07/21

21/09/21

14/01/22

 

 

 

 

 

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

06/07/21

28/09/21

28/01/22

 

 

 

 

 

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

06/07/21

Bill fell at Second Stage on 21/09/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill (NIA Bill 35/17-22)

13/09/21

12/10/21

28/01/22

 

 

 

 

 

Education (Curriculum) (CPR and AED) Bill (NIA Bill 38/17-22)

04/10/21

08/11/21

10/01/22

 

 

 

 

 

Free Period Products Bill (NIA Bill 39/17-22)

11/10/21

09/11/21

11/01/22

 

 

 

 

 

Hospital Parking Charges Bill (NIA Bill 40/17-22)

18/10/21

22/01/21

24/01/22

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Bill

(NIA Bill 41/17-22)

19/10/21

29/11/21

31/01/22

 

 

 

 

 

Hunting of Wild Mammals Bill (NIA Bill 43/17-22)

09/11/21

Bill fell at Second Stage on 06/12/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employment (Zero Hours Workers and Banded Weekly Working Hours) Bill (NIA Bill 46/17-22)

15/11/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Onshore Fracking (Prohibition) Bill (NIA Bill 48/17-22)

29/11/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade Union and Labour Relations (Amendment) Bill (NIA Bill 49/17-22)

30/11/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


/ Bills progressing by accelerated passage

PROXY VOTING NOTICES – TUESDAY 7 DECEMBER 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 7 December 2021:

Steve Aiken

Declan Kearney

Caoimhe Archibald

Liz Kimmins

Rosemary Barton

Naomi Long

Doug Beattie

Gordon Lyons

Roy Beggs

Chris Lyttle

John Blair

Nichola Mallon

Cathal Boylan

Declan McAleer

Paula Bradley

Daniel McCrossan

Sinéad Bradley

Colin McGrath

Paula Bradshaw

Philip McGuigan

Nicola Brogan

Maolíosa McHugh

Keith Buchanan

Michelle McIlveen

Thomas Buchanan

Sinead McLaughlin

Jonathan Buckley

Justin McNulty

Pam Cameron

Gary Middleton

Pat Catney

Andrew Muir

Alan Chambers

Áine Murphy

Trevor Clarke

Conor Murphy

Pádraig Delargy

Mike Nesbitt

Stewart Dickson

Robin Newton

Linda Dillon

Carál Ní Chuilín

Jemma Dolan

John O’Dowd

Diane Dodds

Michelle O’Neill

Stephen Dunne

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

Mervyn Storey

Deirdre Hargey

Robin Swann

Harry Harvey

Peter Weir

David Hilditch

Jim Wells

William Humphrey

Rachel Woods

William Irwin

 

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