Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 12 June 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. Executive Committee Business

2.1 First Stage - Historical Institutional Abuse Bill (NIA 7/11-15)

The deputy First Minister, Mr Martin McGuinness, introduced a Bill to make provision relating to an inquiry into institutional abuse between 1945 and 1995.

Bill passed First Stage and ordered to be printed (NIA 7/11-15). 

2.2 Motion - Draft Local Government (Boundaries) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012

Proposed:

That the draft Local Government (Boundaries) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 be approved.

Minister of the Environment

Debate ensued.

The sitting was suspended at 12.30pm.

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

3. Speaker’s Business

The Deputy Speaker informed Members that Ms Jennifer McCann had taken up the office of junior Minister in the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister.  

4. Question Time

4.1 Employment and Learning

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

4.2 Enterprise, Trade and Investment

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Mrs Arlene Foster. 

The Speaker took the Chair.

5. Executive Committee Business (Cont’d)

5.1 Motion - Draft Local Government (Boundaries) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (Cont’d)

Debate resumed on the Motion.

The sitting was suspended at 6.00pm.

The sitting resumed at 6.04pm, with the Speaker in the Chair.

The Question being put, the Motion was carried (Division 1).  

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

6. Committee Business

6.1 Motion - Amend Standing Order 49A

Proposed:

Leave out Standing Order 49A and insert –

‘49A. Membership of the Committee for Justice

A person cannot be a member of the statutory committee established to advise and assist the Minister of Justice if that person is a member of –

(a) the Northern Ireland Policing Board;

(b) a policing and community safety partnership; or

(c) a district policing and community safety partnership;

and those words have the same meaning as in the Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.’

Chairperson, Committee on Procedures

Debate ensued.

The Question being put, the Motion was carried with cross-community support nemine contradicente.

7. Private Members’ Business

7.1 Motion - Mixed Housing

Proposed:

That this Assembly expresses serious concern at the current segregated housing proposals in the Girdwood Conceptual Master Plan, as announced on 21 May 2012; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to conduct a landmark review of segregation in housing to inform a strategy to promote and facilitate equality and sharing in housing in order to eliminate both discrimination and segregation, and to direct the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to promote and protect all housing as mixed.

Mrs J Cochrane
Ms A Lo
Mr C Lyttle

7.2 Amendment

Proposed:

Leave out all after ‘current’ and insert:

'housing proposals in the Girdwood Conceptual Master Plan, as announced on 21 May 2012; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to restore the previous programme for at least 200 houses to be allocated according to objective need, and to bring forward proposals, as a central feature of the Housing Strategy, that give weight to the legitimate desire of many social housing tenants, and future applicants, to live in a shared community.'

Mr M Durkan
Mr A Maginness

Debate ensued.

The Question being put, the Amendment fell (Division 2).  

The Question being put, the Motion was negatived (Division 3).

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Molloy) took the Chair.

7.3 Motion - The Arms Trade Treaty

Proposed:

That this Assembly recognises the strong contribution made by the UK Government as one of the driving forces behind the Arms Trade Treaty; calls on the Prime Minister to publicly affirm his Government's commitment to the establishment of a robust human rights compliant Arms Trade Treaty in 2012; and further calls on the UK Government to insist, during the July 2012 formal negotiations, that the sale of arms shall not be authorised where there is a substantial risk that it will lead to serious violations of human rights or international humanitarian law.

Mr C McDevitt
Mr S Agnew
Ms J McCann
Mr J Wells
Mr J McCallister
Mr C Lyttle

Debate ensued.

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

8. Adjournment

Mr George Robinson spoke to his topic on the proposed closure of Her Majesty’s Prison, Magilligan.

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 9.49pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
12 June 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly

12 June 2012
Division 1

Draft Local Government (Boundaries) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 - Motion

Proposed:

That the draft Local Government (Boundaries) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 be approved.

Minister of the Environment

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 59

Noes: 26

Ayes

Mr S Anderson, Mr Attwood, Mr Bell, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Ms P Bradley, Ms Brown, Mr Clarke,
Mrs Cochrane, Mr Craig, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Dr Farry, Mr Flanagan, Mr Ford, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hazzard, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mr G Kelly, Ms Lo, Mr Lynch, Mr Lyttle, Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCarthy, Mr McCartney,
Mr McCausland, Mr I McCrea, Mr McElduff, Mr M McGuinness, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen,
Mr McKay, Mr McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr A Maskey, Mr P Maskey, Mr Molloy, Mr Moutray,
Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O’Dowd, Ms S Ramsey, Mr G Robinson, Rt Hon P Robinson, Mr Ross,
Mr Sheehan, Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Weir, Mr Wells.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr S Anderson and Ms S Ramsey.

Noes

Mr Agnew, Mr Allister, Mr Beggs, Mr Byrne, Mr Copeland, Mr Cree, Mr Dallat, Mr Durkan, Mr Eastwood, Mr Elliott, Mr Gardiner, Mr Hussey, Mrs D Kelly, Mr Kinahan, Mr McCallister, Mr McClarty, Mr McDevitt, Dr McDonnell, Mr McGimpsey, Mr McGlone, Mrs McKevitt, Mr A Maginness, Mr Nesbitt, Mrs Overend, Mr P Ramsey, Mr Swann.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr Byrne and Mr Elliott

The Motion was carried.

Northern Ireland Assembly

12 June 2012
Division 2

Mixed Housing - Amendment

Proposed:

Leave out all after ‘current’ and insert:

'housing proposals in the Girdwood Conceptual Master Plan, as announced on 21 May 2012; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to restore the previous programme for at least 200 houses to be allocated according to objective need, and to bring forward proposals, as a central feature of the Housing Strategy, that give weight to the legitimate desire of many social housing tenants, and future applicants, to live in a shared community.'

Mr M Durkan
Mr A Maginness

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes:  17

Noes: 62

Ayes

Mr Attwood, Mr Byrne, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Durkan, Mr Eastwood, Dr Farry, Mr Ford, Mrs D Kelly, Ms Lo, Mr Lyttle, Mr McCarthy, Mr McDevitt, Dr McDonnell, Mr McGlone, Mrs McKevitt, Mr A Maginness,
Mr P Ramsey.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mrs D Kelly and Mr McDevitt.

Noes

Mr Allister, Mr S Anderson, Mr Beggs, Mr Bell, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Ms P Bradley, Ms Brown,
Mr Clarke, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Mr Flanagan, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Gardiner, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hazzard, Mr Hilditch,
Mr Humphrey, Mr Hussey, Mr Irwin, Mr G Kelly, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Mr Lynch, Mr F McCann,
Ms J McCann, Mr McCartney, Mr McCausland, Mr McClarty, Mr I McCrea, Mr McElduff, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McKay, Mr McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr A Maskey, Mr P Maskey, Mr Molloy,
Mr Moutray, Mr Nesbitt, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O’Dowd, Mrs Overend, Ms S Ramsey,
Mr G Robinson, Rt Hon P Robinson, Mr Ross, Mr Sheehan, Mr Storey, Mr Swann, Mr Weir, Mr Wells.

Tellers for the Noes: Ms P Bradley and Mr Easton.

The following Member voted in both Lobbies and is therefore not counted in the result: Mr Agnew.

The Amendment fell.

Northern Ireland Assembly

12 June 2012
Division 3

Mixed Housing - Motion

Proposed:

That this Assembly expresses serious concern at the current segregated housing proposals in the Girdwood Conceptual Master Plan, as announced on 21 May 2012; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to conduct a landmark review of segregation in housing to inform a strategy to promote and facilitate equality and sharing in housing in order to eliminate both discrimination and segregation, and to direct the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to promote and protect all housing as mixed.

Mrs J Cochrane
Ms A Lo
Mr C Lyttle

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 18 

Noes: 62

Ayes

Mr Agnew, Mr Attwood, Mr Byrne, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Durkan, Mr Eastwood, Dr Farry, Mr Ford,
Mrs D Kelly, Ms Lo, Mr Lyttle, Mr McCarthy, Mr McDevitt, Dr McDonnell, Mr McGlone, Mrs McKevitt,
Mr A Maginness, Mr P Ramsey.

Tellers for the Ayes: Ms Lo and Mr McCarthy.

Noes

Mr Allister, Mr S Anderson, Mr Beggs, Mr Bell, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Ms P Bradley, Ms Brown,
Mr Clarke, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Mr Flanagan, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Gardiner, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hazzard, Mr Hilditch,
Mr Humphrey, Mr Hussey, Mr Irwin, Mr G Kelly, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Mr Lynch, Mr F McCann,
Ms J McCann, Mr McCartney, Mr McCausland, Mr McClarty, Mr I McCrea, Mr McElduff, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McKay, Mr McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr A Maskey, Mr P Maskey, Mr Molloy,
Mr Moutray, Mr Nesbitt, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O’Dowd, Mrs Overend, Ms S Ramsey,
Mr G Robinson, Rt Hon P Robinson, Mr Ross, Mr Sheehan, Mr Storey, Mr Swann, Mr Weir, Mr Wells.

Tellers for the Noes: Ms P Bradley and Mr Easton.

The Motion was negatived.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
12 June 2012

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

Parole Commissioners for Northern Ireland Annual Report 2011-2012 (DOJ)

5. Assembly Reports

6. Statutory Rules

  • S.R. 2012/226 The Police and Criminal Evidence (1989 Order) (Codes of Practice) (Temporary Modification to Code A) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOJ)

For Information Only:

  • S.R. 2012/233 (C.19) The Pensions (2012 Act) (Commencement No.1) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)
  • S.R. 2012/234 (C.20) The Pensions (2008 Act) (Commencement No.4) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DSD)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

8. Consultation Documents

9. Departmental Publications

General Dental Council Annual Report and Accounts 2011 (DHSSPS)

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 12 JUNE 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 6/11-15

12.03.12

26.03.12

28.09.12

 

 

 

 

 

Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse Bill

7/11-15

12.06.12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/ Bill progressing by accelerated passage

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