Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 03 July 2012

Venue: Assembly Chamber

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

1. Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2. Assembly Business

2.1 Motion - Committee Membership
Proposed:

That Mr Alex Maskey replace Mr Pat Doherty as a member of the Committee on Standards and Privileges.

Ms C Ruane
Mr R McCartney

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

3. Executive Committee Business

3.1 Statement - Proposals for Primary Legislation for the 2012-13 Assembly Session

The junior Minister, Mr Jonathan Bell, made a statement regarding the Proposals for Primary Legislation for the 2012-13 Assembly Session, following which he replied to questions.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

3.2 Statement - Update on Transforming Your Care

The Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Mr Edwin Poots, made a statement regarding progress on the implementation of Transforming Your Care, following which he replied to questions.

3.3 Statement - Contract Management in the Northern Ireland Housing Executive

The Minister for Social Development, Mr Nelson McCausland, made a statement regarding Contract Management in the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, following which he replied to questions.

3.4 Statement - Severance and Remuneration Arrangements for Councillors

The Minister of the Environment, Mr Alex Attwood, made a statement regarding Severance and Remuneration Arrangements for Councillors, following which he replied to questions. 

The Principal Deputy Speaker (Mr Molloy) took the Chair.

The sitting was suspended at 1.55pm.

The sitting resumed at 2.00pm, with the Principal Deputy Speaker (Mr Molloy) in the Chair. 

4. Question Time

4.1 Culture, Arts and Leisure

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Ms Carál Ní Chuilín.

4.2 Employment and Learning    

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister for Employment and Learning, Dr Stephen Farry.

4.3 Assembly Commission

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

5. Question for Urgent Oral Answer

5.1 Ulster Bank Crisis

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, responded to a Question for Urgent Oral Answer, tabled by Mr Phil Flanagan.

6. Executive Committee Business (Cont’d)

6.1 Second Stage - Criminal Justice Bill (NIA 10/11-15)

The Minister of Justice, Mr David Ford, moved the Second Stage of the Criminal Justice Bill (NIA 10/11-15). 

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

The Criminal Justice Bill passed Second Stage

The Principal Deputy Speaker (Mr Molloy) took the Chair.

6.2 Final Stage - Budget (No.2) Bill (NIA 8/11-15)

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, moved that the Final Stage of the Budget (No.2) Bill (NIA Bill 8/11-15) do now pass.

Debate ensued.

Budget (No.2) Bill passed Final Stage with cross-community support nemine contradicente.

6.3 Legislative Consent Motion - Local Government Finance Bill
Proposed:

That this Assembly agrees, in principle, that the UK Parliament should consider amendments to the Local Government Finance Bill, as introduced in the House of Lords on 22 May 2012, to make provisions for HM Revenue and Customs to supply information for purposes of rates in Northern Ireland.

Minister of Finance and Personnel

Debate ensued.

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

6.4 Motion - The Draft Labour Relations Agency Arbitration Scheme (Jurisdiction) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012
Proposed:

That the draft Labour Relations Agency Arbitration Scheme (Jurisdiction) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 be approved.

Minister for Employment and Learning

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

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

6.5 Motion - The Draft Local Government Best Value (Exclusion of Non-commercial Considerations) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012
Proposed:

That the draft Local Government Best Value (Exclusion of Non-commercial Considerations) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 be approved.

Minister of the Environment

Debate ensued.

The Speaker took the Chair.

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

7. Committee Business

7.1 Motion - Report on the Inquiry into the Criminal Justice Services available to Victims and Witnesses of Crime
Proposed:

That this Assembly approves the Report of the Committee for Justice (NIA 31/11-15) on its Inquiry into the Criminal Justice Services available to Victims and Witnesses of Crime; and calls on the Minister of Justice to implement the recommendations contained in the Report as part of the new 5-year strategy for victims and witnesses of crime.

Chairperson, Committee for Justice

Debate ensued.

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

8. Adjournment

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 8.45pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
3 July 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
3 July 2012


1. Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly

2. Bills of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Charities Bill (NIA Bill 11/11-15)

Civil Service (Special Advisers) Bill (NIA Bill 12/11-15)

3. Orders in Council

4. Publications Laid in the Northern Ireland Assembly

Northern Ireland Ombudsman Annual Report 2011-2012 (OFMDFM)

Rivers Agency Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2012 (DARD)

Probation Board for Northern Ireland Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2012 (DOJ)

Council for Catholic Maintained Schools Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2012 (DE)

Minute to the Assembly advising of the transfer of the SS Nomadic from DSD to the Nomadic Charitable Trust (DSD)

Forensic Science Northern Ireland Annual Report and Accounts 2011-2012 (DOJ)

5. Assembly Reports

6. Statutory Rules

(The department identified after each rule is for reference purposes only)

For Information Only:

  • S.R. 2012/269 The Road Races (Eagles Rock Hill Climb) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DRD)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

8. Consultation Documents           

9. Departmental Publications

The Commissioner for Public Appointments Northern Ireland Annual Report 2011-12 - Guardian of the Public Appointments Process (OFMDFM)

Teacher Workforce Statistics in Grant Aided Schools in Northern Ireland 2011-12 (DE)

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 at 3 JULY 2012

2011-2015 Mandate
Executive Bills

Title &
Bill Number

First
Stage

Second Stage

Comm. Stage to Conclude

Report Ordered to be Printed

CS

FCS

Final Stage

Royal Assent

/Budget (No. 2) Bill NIA Bill 1/11-15

13.06.11

20.06.11

N/A

N/A

21.06.11

27.06.11

27.06.11

25.07.11

/Rates (Amendment) Bill NIA Bill 2/11-15

16.01.12

24.01.12

N/A

N/A

31.01.12

06.02.12

07.02.12

28.02.12

Pensions Bill NIA Bill 3/11-15

23.01.12

31.01.12

13.03.12

08.03.12

27.03.12

24.04.12

08.05.12

01.06.12

/Budget Bill NIA Bill 4/11-15

13.02.12

14.02.12

N/A

N/A

20.02.12

21.02.12

27.02.12

20.03.12

Marine Bill NIA Bill 5/11-15

21.02.12

05.03.12

06.07.12

 

 

 

 

 

Superannuation Bill NIA Bill 6/11-15

12.03.12

26.03.12

28.09.12

 

 

 

 

 

Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse Bill

NIA Bill 7/11-15

12.06.12

25.06.12

01.10.12

 

 

 

 

 

/Budget (No. 2) Bill

NIA Bill 8/11-15

18.06.12

25.06.12

N/A

N/A

26.06.12

02.07.12

03.07.12

 

Business Improvement Districts Bill NIA Bill 9/11-15

25.06.12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Criminal Justice Bill NIA Bill 10/11-15

25.06.12

03.07.12

09.10.12

 

 

 

 

 

Charities Bill NIA Bill 11/11-15

02.07.12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011-2015 Mandate
Non-Executive Bills

Title &
Bill Number

First
Stage

Second Stage

Comm. Stage to Conclude

Report Ordered to be Printed

CS

FCS

Final Stage

Royal Assent

Civil Service (Special Advisers) Bill 12/11-15

02.07.12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/ Bill progressing by accelerated passage

 

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