Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: 16 October 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  Statement - North South Ministerial Council Meeting in Transport Sectoral Format: Roads and Transport Issues

The Minister for Regional Development, Mr Danny Kennedy, made a statement regarding the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Transport Sectoral Format: Roads and Transport, following which he replied to questions.

2.2  Statement - North South Ministerial Council Meeting in Transport Sectoral Format: Road Safety Issues

The Minister of the Environment, Mr Alex Attwood, made a statement regarding the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Transport Sectoral Format: Road Safety Issues, following which he replied to questions.

2.3  Statement - The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

The Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Mr Edwin Poots, made a statement regarding the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, following which he replied to questions.

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

The sitting was suspended at 12.17pm.

The sitting resumed at 2.00pm, with the Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) 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.

4.    Executive Committee Business (Cont’d)

4.1   Motion - Accelerated Passage - Air Passenger Duty (Setting of Rate) Bill (NIA 15/11-15)

Proposed:

That the Air Passenger Duty (Setting of Rate) Bill (NIA Bill 15/11-15) proceed under the accelerated passage procedure.

Minister of Finance and Personnel

Debate ensued.

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

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

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, moved that the Second Stage of the Air Passenger Duty (Setting of Rate) Bill (NIA 15/11-15) be agreed.

Debate ensued.

The Speaker took the Chair.

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

5.    Committee Business

5.1   Motion - Amend Standing Order 59

Proposed:

Leave out Standing Order 59 and insert –

‘59. Assembly and Executive Review Committee

(1) There shall be a standing committee of the Assembly to be known as the

Assembly and Executive Review Committee.

(2) The committee may -

(a) exercise the power in section 44(1) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998;

(b) report from time to time to the Assembly and the Executive Committee.

(3) The committee shall consider -

(a) such matters relating to the operation of the provisions of Parts 3 and 4 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 as enable it to make the report referred to in section 29A(3) of that Act; and

(b) such other matters relating to the functioning of the Assembly or the

Executive Committee as may be referred to it by the Assembly.’

Chairperson, Committee on Procedures

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

6.    Private Members’ Business

6.1   Motion - The Disappeared

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes that it is 40 years since the first abduction of what would become known as 'The Disappeared' occurred; acknowledges that, to date, seven families have been denied the right to bury loved ones because of the actions of republican paramilitaries who abducted, murdered and hid the victims’ remains; commends the dignified perseverance of the families and the work of the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains (ICLVR); pledges its support to those families in their ongoing fight for justice; and calls on all those with information to co-operate fully with the ICLVR so that this harrowing chapter of our history can be closed.

Mr W Humphrey
Ms P Bradley

Debate ensued.

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

7.    Adjournment

Mr Dominic Bradley spoke to his topic on Nursery provision at St John's Primary School, Middletown, Co Armagh.  

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

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 6.36pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
16 October 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
16 October 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

5.    Assembly Reports

6.    Statutory Rules

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

S.R. 2012/378 The Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges (Amendment No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DHSSPS)

For Information Only:

7.    Written Ministerial Statements

8.    Consultation Documents

9.    Departmental Publications

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 16 October 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

Marine Bill NIA Bill 5/11-15

21.02.12

05.03.12

06.07.12

05.07.12

 

 

 

 

Superannuation Bill NIA Bill 6/11-15

12.03.12

26.03.12

28.09.12

26.09.12

 

 

 

 

Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse Bill

NIA Bill 7/11-15

12.06.12

25.06.12

26.10.12

 

 

 

 

 

Business Improvement Districts Bill NIA Bill 9/11-15

25.06.12

17.09.12

05.11.12

 

 

 

 

 

Criminal Justice Bill NIA Bill 10/11-15

25.06.12

03.07.12

14.12.12

 

 

 

 

 

Charities Bill NIA Bill 11/11-15

02.07.12

11.09.12

23.10.12

 

 

 

 

 

Welfare Reform Bill NIA Bill 13/11-15

01.10.12

09.10.12

27.11.12

 

 

 

 

 

Education Bill NIA Bill 14/11-15

02.10.12

15.10.12

03.12.12

 

 

 

 

 

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

08.10.12

16.10.12

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

 

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 12/11-15

02.07.12

25.09.12

13.11.12

 

 

 

 

 

/ 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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