Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: 07 May 2013

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 David McIlveen replace Mr Sammy Douglas as a member of the Public Accounts Committee; that Mr Sammy Douglas replace Mr Sydney Anderson as a member of the Committee for Social Development; that Mr Sydney Anderson replace Mr Alastair Ross as a member of the Committee for the Environment; and that Mr Sydney Anderson replace Mr David McIlveen as a member of the Committee on Standards and Privileges.

Mr P Weir
Lord Morrow 

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

3. Executive Committee Business

3.1 Statement – Residential Care for Older People

The Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Mr Edwin Poots, made a statement regarding Residential Care for Older People, following which he replied to questions.

 

3.2 Motion - The draft Forestry (Felling of Trees) (Calculation of the Area of Land) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013

Proposed:

That the draft Forestry (Felling of Trees) (Calculation of the Area of Land) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 be approved.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

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

4. Private Members’ Business

4.1 Motion - New Primary School for Inner South Belfast

Proposed:

That this Assembly recognises the need to address underachievement in protestant working class areas; acknowledges the vital role of primary school in a child's early education; and calls on the Minister of Education to bring forward plans for a new primary school for inner South Belfast, as a matter of urgency.

Mr J Spratt
Mr M Storey
Mrs B Hale

4.2 Amendment 1

Proposed:

Leave out all after ‘address’ and insert:

‘educational underachievement in all working class communities; acknowledges the vital role of primary school in a child’s education; and calls on the Minister of Education and the Belfast Education and Library Board to bring forward plans for a new primary school for inner South Belfast, as a matter of urgency.’

Mr C Hazzard
Mr P Sheehan
Ms M Boyle

Debate ensued.

The sitting was suspended at 12.33pm.

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

5. Question Time

5.1 Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister

Questions were put to, and answered by, the deputy First Minister, Mr Martin McGuinness. The junior Minister, Ms Jennifer McCann, also answered a number of questions.   

5.2 Agriculture and Rural Development

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development,  Mrs Michelle O’Neill.

5.3 Culture, Arts and Leisure

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

5.4 Education

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Education, Mr John O’Dowd.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

6. Private Members’ Business (Cont’d)

6.1 Motion - New Primary School for Inner South Belfast

Debate resumed on the Motion.

The Question being put, the Amendment was made without division.

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

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

6.2 Motion - Preferred Option Document on Paediatric Cardiac Surgery

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes the publication of the Preferred Option Document by the Paediatric Congenital Cardiac Services Working Group and the related Children's Heartbeat Trust Report; calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to reject the recommendation of a Dublin only service for the future commissioning of regional Paediatric Cardiac Surgery and Interventional Cardiology; and to select a model which retains primary provision, and the ability to operate on emergency admissions, in Belfast.

Mr R Beggs
Mr S Gardiner
Mr R Swann

Debate ensued.

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

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

7. Adjournment

Dr Alasdair McDonnell spoke to his topic regarding the over subscription of Primary School places in South Belfast.

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 6.42pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
7 May 2013

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
1 May – 7 May 2013

1. Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Water and Sewerage Services (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2013 Chapter 6

Criminal Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2013 Chapter 7

2. Bills of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Marine Bill [as amended at consideration stage] (NIA Bill 5/11-15)

3. Orders in Council
4. Publications Laid in the Northern Ireland Assembly

Planning and Water Appeals Commissions Retention and Disposal Schedule (DCAL)

Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission Retention and Disposal Schedule (DCAL)

5. Assembly Reports
6. Statutory Rules

S. R. 2013/102 The Attorney General's Human Rights Guidance (Protection of Life) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DOJ)

S. R. 2013/117 The Northern Ireland Poultry Health Assurance Scheme (Fees) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DARD)

S. R. 2013/119 Prohibition of the Sale of Rod Caught Salmon Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DCAL)

S. R. 2013/120 The Student Fees (Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DEL)

S. R. 2013/122 The Animals and Animal Products (Examination for Residues and Maximum Residue Limits) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DARD)

For Information Only:

S. R. 2013/116 The Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DETI)

S. R. 2013/121 The Parking and Waiting restrictions (Ballymena) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013/123 The Loading Bays on Roads (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

S. R. 2013/124 The Waiting Restrictions (Cookstown) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DRD)

7. Written Ministerial Statements
8. Consultation Documents

Provisional Recommendations Local Government District Electoral Areas for Northern Ireland May 2013 (District Electoral Areas Commissioner)

A draft Strategy for Marine Protected Areas in the Northern Ireland Inshore Region (DOE)

Environmental Policy Division Consultation Document Policy Options for a Bill to Introduce Recycling Targets (DOE)

9. Departmental Publications

An Inspection of Community Supervision by the Probation Board for Northern Ireland (DOJ)

Prison Service Pay Review Body - Ninth Report on Northern Ireland 2013 (DOJ)

10. Agency Publications
11. Westminster Publications

Justice and Security Act 2013 Chapter 18

Groceries Code Adjudicator Act 2013 Chapter 19

Succession to the Crown Act 2013 Chapter 20

Public Service Pensions Act 2013 Chapter 25

Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 Chapter 27

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 7 May 2013

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

Marine Bill NIA Bill 5/11-15

21.02.12

05.03.12

06.07.12

05.07.12

30.04.13

 

 

 

Superannuation Bill NIA Bill 6/11-15

12.03.12

26.03.12

28.09.12

26.09.12

22.10.12

06.11.12

19.11.12

10.01.13

Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse Bill

NIA Bill 7/11-15

12.06.12

25.06.12

26.10.12

24.10.12

20.11.12

03.12.12

11.12.12

18.01.13

Business Improvement Districts Bill NIA Bill 9/11-15

25.06.12

17.09.12

13.12.12

13.12.12

21.01.13

29.01.13

11.02.13

21.03.13

Criminal Justice Bill NIA Bill 10/11-15

25.06.12

03.07.12

14.12.12

13.12.12

19.02.13 & 25.02.13

12.03.13

08.04.13

25.04.13

Charities Bill NIA Bill 11/11-15

02.07.12

11.09.12

23.10.12

23.10.12

20.11.12

03.12.12

11.12.12

18.01.13

Welfare Reform Bill NIA Bill 13/11-15

01.10.12

09.10.12

19.02.13

14.02.13

 

 

 

 

Education Bill NIA Bill 14/11-15

02.10.12

15.10.12

08.04.13

08.04.13

 

 

 

 

/Air Passenger Duty (Setting of Rate) Bill NIA Bill 15/11-15

08.10.12

16.10.12

N/A

N/A

22.10.12

05.11.12

06.11.12

11.12.12

Water and Sewerage Services (Amendment) Bill NIA Bill 16/11-15

19.11.12

27.11.12

29.01.12

23.01.13

12.02.13

25.02.13

05.03.13

25.04.13

Planning Bill NIA Bill 17/11-15

14.01.13

22.01.13

07.06.13

 

 

 

 

 

/Budget Bill NIA Bill 18/11-15

11.02.13

12.02.13

N/A

N/A

18.02.13

19.02.13

25.02.13

14.03.13

Tobacco Retailers Bill 19/11-15

15.04.13

23.04.13

06.06.13

 

 

 

 

 

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 NIA Bill 12/11-15

02.07.12

25.09.12

15.02.13

13.02.13

19.03.13

 

 

 

/ Bill progressing by accelerated passage

** Please note that any bills that received Royal Assent in the previous session have been removed from the table. 

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