Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 20 September 2011

Venue: Assembly Chamber

No. 16-11/12

The Assembly met at 10.30am, the Principal Deputy Speaker in the Chair.

1. Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2. Private Members’ Business

2.1 Motion - Programme for Government

That this Assembly recognises that good practice in governance is to base a budget on an up-to-date Programme for Government so that the policy initiatives can inform financial planning; notes that it is now over six months since the Assembly voted on the Executive's Budget 2011-15; further notes the significant economic change in this region since the 2008-2011 Programme for Government was published; and calls on the Executive to publish for consultation a new draft Programme for Government which adequately addresses the economic challenges in the coming years.

Ms M Ritchie
Mr D Bradley
Mr C Eastwood

Debate ensued.

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

The sitting was suspended at 12.33pm.

The sitting resumed at 2.00pm, with the Speaker in the Chair.

3. Question Time

3.1 Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister

Questions were put to, and answered by, the First Minister, Rt Hon Peter Robinson. The junior Minister, Mr Jonathan Bell, also answered a number of questions.

3.2 Justice

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

4. Private Members’ Business (Cont’d)

4.1 Motion - Newly Qualified Teachers

That this Assembly notes with concern the number of newly qualified teachers leaving full-time study without employment, or with little prospect of it; and calls on the Minister of Education, in conjunction with the Minister for Employment and Learning, to address the situation.

Mr J Craig
Mr M Storey
Mrs B Hale

Debate ensued.

The Principal Deputy Speaker took the Chair.

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

5. Adjournment

Mr Gordon Dunne spoke to his topic on Multi-schools capital build project for Holywood.


That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 5.15pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
20 September 2011

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
20 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

Northern Ireland Local Government Officers' Superannuation Committee Annual Report 2010-2011 (DOE)

5. Assembly Reports

6. Statutory Rules

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

For Information Only:

  • S.R. 2011/312 (C.23) The Waste and Contaminated Land (Amendment) (2011 Act) (Commencement No.1) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DOE)
  • S.R. 2011/318 The Waiting Restrictions (Newtownabbey) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2011/319 The Parking Places on Roads (Glengormley) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2011/321 The Bus Lane (Victoria Street, Belfast) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DRD)
  • S.R. 2011/322 The Parking Places, Loading Bays and Waiting Restrictions (Coleraine) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DRD)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

8. Consultation Documents

9. Departmental Publications

The Work Capability Assessment - A Call for Evidence: Year 2 Independent Review (DSD)

10. Agency Publications

11. Westminster Publications

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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