Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 21 February 2012

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   First Stage - Marine Bill (NIA Bill 5/11-15)

The Minister of the Environment, Mr Alex Attwood, introduced a Bill to provide for marine plans in relation to the Northern Ireland inshore region; to provide for marine conservation zones in that region; to make further provision in relation to marine licensing for certain electricity works in that region; and for connected purposes.

Bill passed First Stage and ordered to be printed.

2.2   Further Consideration Stage - Budget Bill (NIA Bill 4/11-15)

The Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson, moved the Further Consideration Stage of the Budget Bill.

No amendments were tabled to the Bill.

Bill NIA 4/11-15 stood referred to the Speaker for consideration in accordance with section 10 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.  

2.3   Motion - The Official Statistics Order (Northern Ireland) 2012

Proposed:

That the Official Statistics Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 be affirmed.

Minister of Finance and Personnel

Debate ensued. 

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

3.    Private Members’ Business

3.1   Motion - Action Plan to Improve the Sustainability of Indigenous Fish Stocks

Proposed:

That this Assembly notes that a number of indigenous fish species, including salmon, are being exploited by both legal and illegal fishing to the point where stocks are no longer sustainable; calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, in partnership with other relevant Departments, and following consultation with key stakeholders, to develop an action plan, which includes actions required by the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation, to improve the sustainability of relevant fish stocks in the forthcoming and subsequent seasons; and further calls on the Minister to work in partnership with all relevant stakeholders to deliver the action plan.

Mr R Swann                            
Mr D Kinahan
Mrs S Overend

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

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

3.2   Motion - Organ Donation

Proposed:

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to undertake a review of organ donation.

Mr J Wells                
Ms P Lewis
Mr G Dunne
Ms P Bradley

3.3   Amendment

Proposed:

At end insert:

‘which should consider all options for increasing organ donations and carrying out a clinical ethics consultation on the introduction of an opt-out scheme.’

Mr M Durkan
Mr P Ramsey

The sitting was suspended at 12.31 pm.

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

4.    Question Time

4.1   Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister

Questions were put to, and answered by, the deputy First Minister, Mr Martin McGuinness. Junior Minister, Ms Martina Anderson, also answered a number of questions. 

4.2   Agriculture and Rural Development

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Michelle O’Neill.

5.    Private Members’ Business (Cont’d)

Motion - Organ Donation

Debate resumed on the Motion.

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

The Question being put, the Amendment was made without division.

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

6.    Adjournment

Mr Phil Flanagan spoke to his topic on the provision of home help services in Co Fermanagh

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 4.38pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker

21 February 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
21 February 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

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust Charitable Trust Fund Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2011 (DHSSPS)

Joint Review by RQIA and CJI of the Protocol for Joint Investigation of Alleged and Suspected Cases of Abuse of Vulnerable Adults (DOJ)

Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute Annual Report and Accounts 2010/2011 (DARD)

5.     Assembly Reports

6.     Statutory Rules

  • S.R. 2012/59 The Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DOE)

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 21 February 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

/Budget (No. 2) Bill NIA Bill 1/11-15

13.06.11

20.06.11

N/A

N/A

21.06.11

27.06.11

27.06.11

25.07.11

/Rates (Amendment) Bill NIA Bill 2/11-15

16.01.12

24.01.12

N/A

N/A

31.01.12

06.02.12

07.02.12

 

Pensions Bill NIA Bill 3/11-15

23.01.12

31.01.12

13.03.12

 

 

 

 

 

/Budget Bill NIA Bill 4/11-15

13.02.12

14.02.12

N/A

N/A

20.02.12

21.02.12

 

 

Marine Bill NIA Bill 5/11-15

21.02.12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/ Bill progressing by accelerated passage

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