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Minutes of Proceedings

Session: Session currently unavailable

Date: 09 November 2021

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

1. Prayers

Members observed two minutes' silence.

2. Ministerial Statement

2.1 Environment Strategy

The Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Mr Edwin Poots, made a statement regarding a draft Environment Strategy, following which he replied to questions.

The Deputy Speaker, Mr Beggs, took the Chair.

2.2 Green Growth Strategy

The Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Mr Edwin Poots, made a statement regarding a draft Green Growth Strategy, following which he replied to questions.

3. Committee Business

3.1 Motion: Report on the outcome of the independent Review of the adequacy and effectiveness of the Statement of Entitlements for an Official Opposition at the Northern Ireland Assembly

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes the Report of the Assembly and Executive Review Committee on the outcome of the independent Review of the adequacy and effectiveness of the Statement of
Entitlements for an Official Opposition (NIA 137/17-22); further notes that this addresses the applicable recommendation in paragraph 3.7 of Annex C of New Decade, New Approach; and calls on the Assembly to approve the Committee's recommendations contained in the Report.

Chairperson, Assembly and Executive Review Committee

Debate ensued.

The Question being put, the motion was carried.

The sitting was suspended at 1.02pm.

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

4. Question Time

4.1 Economy

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister for the Economy, Mr Gordon Lyons.

5. Question for Urgent Oral Answer

5.1 Withdrawal of Bus Services in Belfast

The Minister for Infrastructure, Ms Nichola Mallon, responded to a Question for Urgent Oral Answer tabled by Mr Roy Beggs.

The Speaker took the Chair.

6. Private Members' Business

6.1 First Stage: Hunting of Wild Mammals Bill (NIA Bill 43/17-22)

Mr John Blair introduced a Bill to prohibit hunting wild mammals with dogs; to prohibit trail hunting; to prohibit terrier work; and for connected purposes.

The Hunting of Wild Mammals Bill (NIA Bill 43/17-22) passed First Stage and was ordered to be printed.

6.2 Second Stage: Period Products (Free Provision) Bill (NIA Bill 39/17-22)

Mr Pat Catney moved Second Stage of the Period Products (Free Provision) Bill (NIA Bill 39/17-22).

Debate ensued.

The Period Products (Free Provision) Bill (NIA Bill 39/17-22) passed Second Stage.

The Deputy Speaker, Mr McGlone, took the Chair.

7. Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

Ms Nicola Brogan spoke to her topic regarding Strule Shared Education Campus in Omagh.

The Assembly adjourned at 5.49pm.

Mr Alex Maskey
The Speaker
9 November 2021

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on 9 November 2021

1. Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly

2. Bills of the Northern Ireland Assembly

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

3. Orders in Council

4. Publications Laid in the Northern Ireland Assembly

5. Assembly Reports

6. Statutory Rules

Draft SR The Direct Payments to Farmers (Simplifications) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2022 (Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs)

SR 2021/298 The Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Conditions for Transfers) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (Department for Communities)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

8. Consultation Documents

9. Departmental Publications

10. Agency Publications

Northern Ireland Community Relations Council Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31st March 2021 (Northern Ireland Community Relations Council)

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 9 November 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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

13/04/21

26/04/21

28/01/22

14/10/21

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

06/07/21

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

30/11/21

 

 

 

 

 

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

04/10/21

08/11/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

11/10/21

09/11/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

18/10/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic   Abuse (Safe Leave) Bill

(NIA   Bill 41/17-22)

19/01/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

09/11/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/ Bills progressing by accelerated passage

PROXY VOTING NOTICES – TUESDAY 9 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 Tuesday 9 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

Colin McGrath

Jonathan   Buckley

Philip   McGuigan

Pam Cameron

Maolíosa   McHugh

Pat Catney

Michelle   McIlveen

Alan Chambers

Sinead   McLaughlin

Trevor Clarke

Justin   McNulty

Pádraig   Delargy

Gary   Middleton

Stewart   Dickson

Áine Murphy

Linda Dillon

Conor Murphy

Jemma Dolan

Mike Nesbitt

Diane Dodds

Robin Newton

Stephen Dunne

Carál Ní   Chuilín

Mark Durkan

Michelle   O’Neill

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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