Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 13 December 2011

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  Statement - Health and Social Care Review

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

2.2  Statement - North South Ministerial Council meeting in Special EU Programmes Sectoral Format

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, made a statement on the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Special EU Programmes sectoral format, held on 21 November 2011, following which he replied to questions.

3.    Committee Business

3.1  Motion - Fractures Resulting from Osteoporosis

Proposed:

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to place an emphasis on measures to prevent fractures resulting from osteoporosis in older people, aimed at helping to improve their health outcomes.

Chairperson, Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Debate ensued.

The sitting was suspended at 12.27pm.

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

4.    Question Time

4.1  Education  

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

4.2  Justice

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Justice, Mr David Ford.

5.    Committee Business (Cont’d)

5.1  Motion - Fractures Resulting from Osteoporosis (Cont’d)

Debate resumed on the Motion.

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

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) in the Chair.

6.    Private Members’ Business

6.1  Motion - Pay Day Loans

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes with concern the number of companies that are offering short-term ‘Pay Day Loans’ to people who require additional money to make ends meet before their next pay day; and calls on the Executive to engage with Her Majesty’s Government and the Financial Services Authority to ensure fair interest rates and protection for people taking such loans.

Mr A McQuillan
Mr P Girvan
Mr D Hilditch
Mr W Humphrey

Debate ensued.

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

7.    Adjournment

Mr Michael McGimpsey spoke to his topic on the amalgamation of the three Inner-South Belfast primary schools (Blythefield, Donegall Road and Fane Street) on a new site at the City Hospital.

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 5.40pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
13 December 2011

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
13 December 2011

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

Disposal of Records Schedule for Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL/PRONI)

5.    Assembly Reports

6.    Statutory Rules

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

  • S.R. 2011/416 The Goods Vehicles (Testing) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2011/423 The Drumnabreeze Road and Lough Road, Gamblestown, Donaghcloney (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2011/425 The Shipquay Place, Londonderry (No.2) (Footway) (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DRD)

For Information Only:

  • S.R. 2011/425 The Parking Places on Roads (Lisburn) (No.2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DRD)

7.    Written Ministerial Statements

8.    Consultation Documents

9.    Departmental Publications

10.  Agency Publications

11.  Westminster Publications

12.  Miscellaneous Publications

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