Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 13 September 2011

Venue: Assembly Chamber

No. 14-11/12

The Assembly met at noon, the Speaker in the Chair.

1. Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2. Executive Committee Business

2.1 North South Ministerial Council Meeting in Language Body Sectoral Format

The Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Ms Carál Ní Chuilín, made a statement regarding the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Language Body sectoral format, following which she replied to questions.

2.2 North South Ministerial Council Meeting in Inland Waterways Sectoral Format

The Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Ms Carál Ní Chuilín, made a statement regarding the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Inland Waterways sectoral format, following which she replied to questions.

2.3 Access to Justice Review

The Minister of Justice, Mr David Ford, made a statement regarding the Access to Justice Review, following which he replied to questions.

2.4 Department for Regional Development Key Issues

The Minister for Regional Development, Mr Danny Kennedy, made a statement regarding Key Issues in his Department, following which he replied to questions.

The sitting was suspended at 12.26pm.

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

3. Question Time

3.1 Enterprise, Trade and Investment

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

3.2 Environment

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of the Environment, Mr Alex Attwood.

The Principal Deputy Speaker took the Chair.

4. Executive Committee Business (Cont’d)

4.1 Statement - Changes to Accident and Emergency Service Configuration in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

The Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Mr Edwin Poots, made a statement regarding the Changes to Accident and Emergency Service Configuration in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, following which he replied to questions.

5. Private Members’ Business

5.1 Motion - Part-Time Reserve Gratuity Scheme - Security Breach

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes with regret the deduction of National Insurance and Income Tax from the £20 million Part-Time Reserve Gratuity Scheme; expresses concern at the security breach which put the identity and well-being of around 6000 former part-time RUC Officers at risk; and calls on the Minister of Justice to make a statement on the matter and detail what action has been taken in light of the security breach.

Mr R Hussey
Mr B McCrea
Mr M Copeland

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

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

6. Adjournment

Mr Conall McDevitt spoke to his topic on the Proposals to Close Belfast City Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Unit.

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 6.09pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
13 September 2011

Northern Ireland Assembly

13 September 2011
Divisions

Division No. 1

Part-Time Reserve Gratuity Scheme - Security Breach - Motion

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes with regret the deduction of National Insurance and Income Tax from the £20 million Part-Time Reserve Gratuity Scheme; expresses concern at the security breach which put the identity and well-being of around 6000 former part-time RUC Officers at risk; and calls on the Minister of Justice to make a statement on the matter and detail what action has been taken in light of the security breach.

Mr R Hussey
Mr B McCrea
Mr M Copeland

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 54
Noes: 23

Ayes

Mr Allister, Mr S Anderson, Mr Attwood, Ms P Bradley, Mr Buchanan, Mr Byrne, Mr T Clarke, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Eastwood, Mr Elliott, Dr Farry, Mr Ford, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Gardiner, Mr Girvan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Humphrey, Mr Hussey, Mr Irwin, Mrs D Kelly, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Mrs Lewis, Mr McCallister, Mr McCarthy, Mr McCausland, Mr B McCrea, Mr I McCrea, Mr McDevitt, Mr McGimpsey, Mr McGlone, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McQuillan, Mr A Maginness, Lord Morrow, Mr Moutray, Mr Newton, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Mr Ross, Mr Spratt, Mr Swann, Mr Weir, Mr Wells.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Hussey and Mr Kinahan.

Noes

Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr Brady, Mr W Clarke, Mr Flanagan, Ms Gildernew, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCartney, Mr McElduff, Mr McKay, Mr McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr A Maskey, Mr P Maskey, Mr Murphy, Ms N í Chuil ín, Mr O ’Dowd, Ms S Ramsey, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr F McCann and Ms S Ramsey.

The Motion was carried.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
13 September 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

The Northern Ireland Social Security Agency Social Fund Account for the year ended 31 March 2009 (NIAO)

The Northern Ireland Social Security Agency Social Fund Account for the year ended 31 March 2010 (NIAO)

5. Assembly Reports

6. Statutory Rules

7. Written Ministerial Statements

8. Consultation Documents

9. Departmental Publications

10. Agency Publications

11. Westminster Publications

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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