Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2013/2014

Date: 14 January 2014

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 – Cross-Departmental Strategy on Autism

The Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Mr Edwin Poots, made a statement regarding the Cross-Departmental Strategy on Autism, following which he replied to questions.

2.2 Statement – East Belfast Development Proposals and Area Based Planning

The Minister of Education, Mr John O’Dowd, made a statement regarding the East Belfast Development Proposals and Area Based Planning, following which he replied to questions.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

2.3 Consideration Stage – Public Service Pensions Bill (NIA 23/11-15)

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Simon Hamilton, moved the Consideration Stage of the Public Service Pensions Bill (NIA 23/11-15).

Twenty one amendments were tabled to the Bill.

Debate ensued.

The sitting was suspended at 12.34pm.

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

3.    Question Time

3.1 Culture, Arts and Leisure

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

3.2 Education

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

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

4.    Executive Committee Business (Cont’d)

4.1 Consideration Stage – Public Service Pensions Bill (NIA 23/11-15)

Debate resumed on the Bill.

The question being put, it was agreed without division that Clauses 1 to 4 stand part of the Bill.

After debate, Amendment 1 to Clause 5 was made (Division 1).

After debate, Amendment 2 to Clause 5 was made without division.

After debate, Amendment 3 to Clause 5 was negatived (Division 2).

As Amendment 3 was not made, Amendment 4 was not called.

The question being put, it was agreed without division that Clause 5 as amended stand part of the Bill.

The question being put, it was agreed without division that Clauses 6 and 7 stand part of the Bill.

After debate, Amendment 5 to Clause 8 was negatived (Division 3).

After debate, Amendment 6 to Clause 8 was negatived (Division 4).

The question being put, it was agreed without division that Clause 8 stand part of the Bill.

After debate, Amendment 7 to Clause 9 was negatived (Division 5).

The question being put, it was agreed without division that Clause 9 stand part of the Bill.

The Speaker took the Chair.

After debate, Amendment 8 to Clause 10 was negatived (Division 6). 

After debate, Amendment 9 to Clause 10 was negatived (Division 7).

After debate, Amendment 10 to Clause 10 was made without division.

As Amendment 10 was made, Amendment 11 was not called.

After debate, Amendment 12 to Clause 10 was negatived (Division 8). 

The question being put, it was agreed without division that Clause 10 as amended stand part of the Bill.

After debate, Amendment 13 to Clause 11 was made without division. 

After debate, Amendment 14 to Clause 11 was made without division.

The question being put, it was agreed without division that Clause 11 as amended stand part of the Bill.

After debate, Amendment 15 to Clause 12 was made without division. 

The question being put, it was agreed without division that Clause 12 as amended stand part of the Bill.

After debate, Amendment 16 to Clause 13 was made without division. 

The question being put, it was agreed without division that Clause 13 as amended stand part of the Bill.

After debate, Amendment 17 to Clause 14 was made without division. 

The question being put, it was agreed without division that Clause 14 as amended stand part of the Bill.

The question being put, it was agreed without division that Clauses 15 to 17 stand part of the Bill.

After debate, Amendment 18 to Clause 18 was made without division. 

After debate, Amendment 19 to Clause 18 was made without division.

After debate, Amendment 20 to Clause 18 was made without division.

The question being put, it was agreed without division that Clause 18 as amended stand part of the Bill.

The question being put, it was agreed without division that Clauses 19 to 23 stand part of the Bill.

After debate, Amendment 21 to Clause 24 was negatived (Division 9).

The question being put, it was agreed without division that Clause 24 stand part of the Bill.

The question being put, it was agreed without division that Clauses 25 to 37 stand part of the Bill.

The question being put, it was agreed without division that Schedules 1 to 9 stand part of the Bill.

The question being put, the Long Title was agreed without division. 

The Public Service Pensions Bill (NIA 23/11-15) stood referred to the Speaker.

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

5.    Adjournment

Mr Séan Rogers spoke to his topic regarding the restoration of 24 hour Accident and Emergency service at the weekend at Downe Hospital.

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 9.11pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker

14 January 2014

Northern Ireland Assembly

14 January 2014
Division 1

Consideration Stage – Public Service Pensions Bill (NIA 23/11-15) - Amendment 1

Proposed:

Clause 5, Page 3, Line 2

Leave out from beginning to ‘workers),’ in line 3 and insert -

 ‘(1) Subject to subsection (2), scheme regulations for a scheme under section 1’

Minister of Finance and Personnel

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 80
Noes: 13

AYES

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Bell, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Ms P Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Buchanan, Mrs Cameron, Mr Campbell, Mr Clarke, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Cree,
 Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Dr Farry, Ms Fearon,
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, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lo,
Mr Lynch, Mr Lyttle, Mr McAleer, Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCarthy, Mr McCartney,
Mr McCausland, Ms McCorley, Mr I McCrea, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGimpsey,
Mr M McGuinness, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McKay, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin,
Mr McMullan, Mr McQuillan, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Mr Moutray, Mr Nesbitt, Mr Newton,
 Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Mr G Robinson,
Mr P Robinson, Mr Ross, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan, Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Weir, Mr Wells,
 Mr Wilson.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr McQuillan and Mr G Robinson

NOES

Mr Agnew, Mr Attwood, Mr D Bradley, Mr Byrne, Mr Eastwood, Mrs D Kelly, Dr McDonnell,
 Mr McGlone, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McKinney, Mr A Maginness, Mr P Ramsey, Mr Rogers.

Tellers for the Noes: Mrs McKevitt and Mr McKinney

The Amendment was carried.

Northern Ireland Assembly

14 January 2014
Division 2

Consideration Stage – Public Service Pensions Bill (NIA 23/11-15) – Amendment 3

Proposed:

Clause 5, Page 3, Line 30

Leave out ‘member representatives’ and insert ‘trade union representatives’

Mr D Bradley
Mr S Rogers

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 39
Noes: 50

AYES

Mr Agnew, Mr Attwood, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Byrne, Mr Eastwood, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Hazzard, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer,
Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCartney, Ms McCorley, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan,
Mr McGlone, Mr M McGuinness, Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McKinney, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr A Maginness, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Mr P Ramsey, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mrs McKevitt and Mr McKinney

NOES

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Mr Buchanan, Mrs Cameron, Mr Campbell,
Mr Clarke, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson,
Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Dr Farry, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lo,
Mr McCausland, Mr I McCrea, Mr McGimpsey, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McQuillan, Mr Moutray, Mr Nesbitt, Mr Newton, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Mr G Robinson, Mr P Robinson,
Mr Ross, Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Weir, Mr Wells, Mr Wilson.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr McQuillan and Mr G Robinson.

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

The Amendment fell.

Northern Ireland Assembly

14 January 2014
Division 3

Consideration Stage – Public Service Pensions Bill (NIA 23/11-15) – Amendment 5

Proposed:

Clause 8, Page 5

Leave out lines 9 and 10

Mr D Bradley
Mr S Rogers

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 38
Noes: 48

AYES

Mr Agnew, Mr Attwood, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Byrne, Mr Eastwood, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Hazzard, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer,
Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCartney, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGlone,
Mr M McGuinness, Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McKinney, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr A Maginness, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill,
Mr P Ramsey, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mrs McKevitt and Mr McKinney

NOES

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Mr Buchanan, Mrs Cameron, Mr Campbell,
Mr Clarke, Mrs Cochrane, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson,
Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Dr Farry, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lo,
Mr McCausland, Mr I McCrea, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McQuillan, Mr Moutray,
Mr Nesbitt, Mr Newton, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Mr G Robinson, Mr P Robinson, Mr Ross,
Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Weir, Mr Wells.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr McQuillan and Mr G Robinson

The Amendment fell.

Northern Ireland Assembly

14 January 2014
Division 4

Consideration Stage – Public Service Pensions Bill (NIA 23/11-15) – Amendment 6

Proposed:

Clause 8, Page 5, Line 26

Leave out ‘negative resolution’ and insert ‘the affirmative procedure (see section 34(1))’

Mr D Bradley
Mr S Rogers

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 38
Noes: 48

AYES

Mr Agnew, Mr Attwood, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Byrne, Mr Eastwood, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Hazzard, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer,
Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCartney, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGlone,
Mr M McGuinness, Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McKinney, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr A Maginness, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill,
Mr P Ramsey, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mrs McKevitt and Mr McKinney

NOES

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Mr Buchanan, Mrs Cameron, Mr Clarke,
Mrs Cochrane, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Dr Farry, Mr Ford, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lo, Mr Lyttle, Mr McCausland, Mr I McCrea, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McQuillan, Mr Moutray, Mr Nesbitt,
Mr Newton, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Mr G Robinson, Mr P Robinson, Mr Ross, Mr Spratt,
Mr Storey, Mr Weir, Mr Wells.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr McQuillan and Mr G Robinson

The Amendment fell.

Northern Ireland Assembly

14 January 2014
Division 5

Consideration Stage – Public Service Pensions Bill (NIA 23/11-15) – Amendment 7

Proposed:

Clause 9, Page 6, Line 11

Leave out ‘5’ and insert ‘10’

Mr D Bradley
Mr S Rogers

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 38
Noes: 49

AYES

Mr Agnew, Mr Attwood, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Byrne, Mr Eastwood, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Hazzard, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer,
Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCartney, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGlone,
Mr M McGuinness, Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McKinney, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr A Maginness, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill,
Mr P Ramsey, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mrs McKevitt and Mr McKinney

NOES

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Mr Buchanan, Mrs Cameron, Mr Clarke,
Mrs Cochrane, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas,
Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Dr Farry, Mr Ford, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lo,
Mr Lyttle, Mr McCausland, Mr I McCrea, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McQuillan,
Mr Moutray, Mr Nesbitt, Mr Newton, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Mr G Robinson, Mr P Robinson,
Mr Ross, Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Weir, Mr Wells.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr McQuillan and Mr G Robinson

The Amendment fell.

Northern Ireland Assembly

14 January 2014
Division 6

Consideration Stage – Public Service Pensions Bill (NIA 23/11-15) – Amendment 8

Proposed:

Clause 10, Page 6

Leave out lines 15 and 16 and insert ‘65.’

Mr D Bradley
Mr S Rogers

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 39
Noes: 48

AYES

Mr Agnew, Mr Attwood, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Byrne, Mr Durkan,
Mr Eastwood, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Hazzard, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch,
Mr McAleer, Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCartney, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan,
Mr McGlone, Mr M McGuinness, Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McKinney, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr A Maginness, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Mr P Ramsey, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Eastwood and Mrs D Kelly

NOES

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Mr Buchanan, Mrs Cameron, Mr Clarke,
Mrs Cochrane, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas,
Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Dr Farry, Mr Ford, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lo,
Mr McCarthy, Mr McCausland, Mr I McCrea, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McQuillan,
Mr Moutray, Mr Newton, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Mr G Robinson, Mr P Robinson, Mr Ross,
 Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Weir, Mr Wells.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr McQuillan and Mr G Robinson

The Amendment fell.

Northern Ireland Assembly

14 January 2014
Division 7

Consideration Stage – Public Service Pensions Bill (NIA 23/11-15) – Amendment 9

Proposed:

Clause 10, Page 6, Line 16

At end insert -

‘(1A) Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to a person under a scheme under section 1 whose normal pension age is specified by scheme regulations for the scheme.

The normal pension age for such a person must be the age specified by the scheme regulations; and such regulations may specify any age less than state pension age, but not less than 65.’

Mr D McKay
Mr M McLaughlin
Ms M Boyle

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 38
Noes: 48

AYES

Mr Agnew, Mr Attwood, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Byrne, Mr Durkan,
Mr Eastwood, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer,
 Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCartney, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr McGlone,
Mr M McGuinness, Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McKinney, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr A Maginness, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill,
Mr P Ramsey, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Boylan and Ms Ruane

NOES

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Mr Buchanan, Mrs Cameron, Mr Clarke,
Mrs Cochrane, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas,
Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Dr Farry, Mr Ford, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lo,
 Mr McCausland, Mr I McCrea, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McQuillan, Mr Moutray,
Mr Nesbitt, Mr Newton, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Mr G Robinson, Mr P Robinson, Mr Ross,
Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Weir, Mr Wells.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr McQuillan and Mr G Robinson

The Amendment fell.

Northern Ireland Assembly

14 January 2014
Division 8

Consideration Stage – Public Service Pensions Bill (NIA 23/11-15) – Amendment 12

Proposed:

Clause 10, Page 6

Leave out lines 24 to 33 and insert ‘65.’

Mr D Bradley
Mr S Rogers

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 39
Noes: 48

AYES

Mr Agnew, Mr Attwood, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Byrne, Mr Durkan,
Mr Eastwood, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Hazzard, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch,
Mr McAleer, Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCartney, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan,
Mr McGlone, Mr M McGuinness, Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McKinney, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr A Maginness, Mr Maskey, Mr Milne, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Mr P Ramsey, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Eastwood and Mrs D Kelly

NOES

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Mr Buchanan, Mrs Cameron, Mr Clarke,
Mrs Cochrane, Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas,
Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Dr Farry, Mr Ford, Mrs Foster, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lo,
Mr McCausland, Mr I McCrea, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McQuillan, Mr Moutray,
Mr Nesbitt, Mr Newton, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Mr G Robinson, Mr P Robinson, Mr Ross,
Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Weir, Mr Wells.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr McQuillan and Mr G Robinson

Question accordingly negatived

The Amendment fell.

Northern Ireland Assembly

14 January 2014
Division 9

Consideration Stage – Public Service Pensions Bill (NIA 23/11-15) – Amendment 21

Proposed:

Clause 24, Page 13, Line 34

Leave out from ‘if’ to the end of line 3 on page 14

Mr D Bradley
Mr S Rogers

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 26
Noes: 44

AYES

Mr Agnew, Mr Attwood, Mr D Bradley, Mr Byrne, Mr Durkan, Mr Eastwood, Ms Fearon,
Mr Flanagan, Mr Hazzard, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McElduff,
Mr McGlone, Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McKinney, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr A Maginness, Mr Maskey, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr P Ramsey, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mrs McKevitt and Mr Rogers

NOES

Mr Anderson, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Mr Buchanan, Mrs Cameron, Mr Clarke, Mrs Cochrane,
Mr Copeland, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton,
Dr Farry, Mr Ford, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hilditch,
Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Ms Lo, Mr McCausland, Mr I McCrea,
Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McQuillan, Mr Moutray, Mr Nesbitt, Mr Newton,
Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Mr G Robinson, Mr Ross, Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Weir, Mr Wells.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr McQuillan and Mr G Robinson

The Amendment fell.

Public Service Pensions Bill

Marshalled List of Amendments

Consideration Stage

Tuesday 14 January 2014

Amendments tabled up to 9.30am Thursday, 9 January 2014 and selected for debate

The Bill will be considered in the following order-

Clauses, Schedules and Long Title

Amendment 1            [Made on division] 

Clause 5, Page 3, Line 2

Leave out from beginning to ‘workers),’ in line 3 and insert -

 ‘(1) Subject to subsection (2), scheme regulations for a scheme under section 1’

Minister of Finance and Personnel

Amendment 2            [Made without division] 

Clause 5, Page 3, Line 6

Leave out ‘must provide’ and insert ‘may make the provision required under subsection (1) above by providing’

Minister of Finance and Personnel

Amendment 3            [Negatived on division] 

Clause 5, Page 3, Line 30

Leave out ‘member representatives’ and insert ‘trade union representatives’

Mr Dominic Bradley
Mr Sean Rogers

Amendment 4            [Not moved] 

Clause 5, Page 4, Line 4

At end insert -

(10) In this Act a “trade union” has the meaning set out in Section 1 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

Mr Dominic Bradley
Mr Sean Rogers

Amendment 5            [Negatived on division] 

Clause 8, Page 5

Leave out lines 9 and 10

Mr Dominic Bradley
Mr Sean Rogers

Amendment 6            [Negatived on division] 

Clause 8, Page 5, Line 26

Leave out ‘negative resolution’ and insert ‘the affirmative procedure (see section 34(1))’

Mr Dominic Bradley
Mr Sean Rogers

Amendment 7            [Negatived on division] 

Clause 9, Page 6, Line 11

Leave out ‘5’ and insert ‘10’

Mr Dominic Bradley
Mr Sean Rogers

Amendment 8            [Negatived on division]          

Clause 10, Page 6

Leave out lines 15 and 16 and insert ‘65.’

Mr Dominic Bradley
Mr Sean Rogers

Amendment 9            [Negatived on division]          

Clause 10, Page 6, Line 16

At end insert -

‘(1A) Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to a person under a scheme under section 1 whose normal pension age is specified by scheme regulations for the scheme.

The normal pension age for such a person must be the age specified by the scheme regulations; and such regulations may specify any age less than state pension age, but not less than 65.’

Mr Daithí McKay
Mr Mitchel McLaughlin
Ms Michaela Boyle

Amendment 10          [Made without division] 

Clause 10, Page 6, Line 17

Leave out subsection (2) and insert -

‘(2) Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to fire and rescue workers who are firefighters.

The normal pension age for such persons under a scheme under section 1 must be the age specified by the scheme regulations for the scheme; and such regulations may specify any age not exceeding 60, but not less than 55.

(2A) Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to members of the police service.

The normal pension age for such persons under a scheme under section 1 must be 60.’

Mr Daithí McKay
Mr Mitchel McLaughlin
Ms Michaela Boyle
Mr John McCallister

Amendment 11          [Not moved] 

Clause 10, Page 6, Line 21

At end insert -

‘for members of the police service and no more than 60 for fire and rescue workers who are firefighters’

Mr Dominic Bradley
Mr Sean Rogers
Mr John McCallister

Amendment 12          [Negatived on division]          

Clause 10, Page 6

Leave out lines 24 to 33 and insert ‘65.’

Mr Dominic Bradley
Mr Sean Rogers

Amendment 13          [Made without division] 

Clause 11, Page 7, Line 27

At end insert -

‘(4A) Before giving directions under this section the Department of Finance and Personnel must consult such persons (or representatives of such persons) as appear to the Department likely to be affected by the directions.’

Minister of Finance and Personnel

Amendment 14          [Made without division] 

Clause 11, Page 7, Line 31

Leave out ‘(4)’ and insert ‘(4A)’

Minister of Finance and Personnel

Amendment 15          [Made without division] 

Clause 12, Page 8, Line 30

At end insert -

‘(10) Before giving directions or making regulations under this section the Department of Finance and Personnel must consult such persons (or representatives of such persons) as appear to the Department likely to be affected by the directions or regulations.’

Minister of Finance and Personnel

Amendment 16          [Made without division] 

Clause 13, Page 9, Line 20

After ‘qualified’ insert -

‘and must not be-

(a) an employee of the responsible authority;

(b) the scheme manager;

(c) a scheme member; or

(d) an employee of the Department of Finance and Personnel’

Chair, Committee for Finance and Personnel

Amendment 17          [Made without division] 

Clause 14, Page 9, Line 24

After ‘is’ insert ‘a’

Minister of Finance and Personnel

Amendment 18          [Made without division] 

Clause 18, Page 11, Line 26

At end insert -

‘(5A) Scheme regulations may also provide for exceptions to subsection (1) in the case of-

(a) persons who were members of a public body pension scheme specified in the regulations, or who were eligible to be members of such a scheme, immediately before 1 April 2012, and

(b) such other persons as the regulations may specify, being persons who before that date had ceased to be members of a scheme referred to in paragraph (a) or to be eligible for membership of such a scheme.’

Minister of Finance and Personnel

Amendment 19          [Made without division] 

Clause 18, Page 11, Line 27

After ‘(5)’ insert ‘or (5A)’

Minister of Finance and Personnel

Amendment 20          [Made without division] 

Clause 18, Page 11, Line 37

After ‘(5)’ insert ‘, (5A)’

Minister of Finance and Personnel

Amendment 21          [Negatived on division] 

Clause 24, Page 13, Line 34

Leave out from ‘if’ to the end of line 3 on page 14

Mr Dominic Bradley
Mr Sean Rogers

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
14 January 2014

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

Northern Ireland Audit Office The Future Impact of Borrowing and Private Finance Commitments - Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General 14 January 2014 (NIAO)

Northern Ireland Community Relations Council Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2013 (OFMDFM)

5.    Assembly Reports
6.    Statutory Rules

For Information Only:

7.    Written Ministerial Statements
8.    Consultation Documents
9.    Departmental Publications
10. Agency Publications
11.  Westminster Publications
12. Miscellaneous Publication

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 15 January 2014

2011-2015 Mandate
Executive Bills

Title &
NIA Bill Number

First
Stage

Second Stage

Comm. Stage to Conclude

Report Ordered to be Printed

CS

FCS

Final Stage

Royal Assent

Marine Bill          5/11-15

21.02.12

05.03.12

06.07.12

05.07.12

30.04.13

13.05.13

21.05.13

17.09.13

Welfare Reform Bill 13/11-15

01.10.12

09.10.12

19.02.13

14.02.13

 

 

 

 

Education Bill    14/11-15

02.10.12

15.10.12

08.04.13

08.04.13

 

 

 

 

Planning Bill     17/11-15

14.01.13

22.01.13

07.06.13

06.06.13

24.06.13 & 25.06.13

 

 

 

Tobacco Retailers Bill 19/11-15

15.04.13

23.04.13

18.10.13

09.10.13

3.12.13

 

 

 

Carrier Bags Bill 20/11-15

03.06.13

11.06.13

30.11.13

26.11.13

 

 

 

 

Financial Provisions Bill 22/11-15

17.06.13

01.07.13

13.12.13

11.12.13

 

 

 

 

Public Service Pensions Bill     23/11-15

17.06.13

25.06.13

29.11.13

27.11.13

14.01.14

 

 

 

Licensing of Pavement Cafés Bill 24/11-15

17.06.13

25.06.13

13.12.13

05.12.13

 

 

 

 

Health and Social Care (Amendment) Bill 27/11-15

16.09.13

24.09.13

11.12.13

04.12.13

 

 

 

 

Local Government Bill 28/11-15

23.09.13

01.10.13

20.02.14

 

 

 

 

 

Road Races (Amendment) Bill 29/11-15

18.11.13

26.11.13

/

/

2.12.13

9.12.13

10.12.13

 

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

 

Road Traffic (Speed Limits) Bill 25/11-15

17.06.13

Bill fell.

Re-introduced as Bill 30/11-15 (see below)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Further Provisions and Support for Victims) Bill 26/11-15

24.06.13

23.09.13 & 24.09.13

11.04.14

 

 

 

 

 

Road Traffic (Speed Limits) Bill 30/11-15

 

09.12.13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                   

/ 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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