Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 25 October 2011

Venue: Assembly Chamber

No. 26-11/15

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 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, held on 12 October 2011, following which she replied to questions.

2.2 Statement - 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, held on 12 October 2011, following which she replied to questions.

3. Private Members’ Business

3.1 Motion - Utilisation of the former site of the Maze Prison
Proposed:

That this Assembly recognises the potential social and economic benefits which the utilisation of former security sites, such as the site of the Maze Prison, can bring to Northern Ireland; notes with concern the proposals to build a 'Peace Building and Conflict Resolution Centre' at the site; and calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to develop this site in a way which is practical and inoffensive to victims.

Mr T Elliott
Mr M Nesbitt

3.2 Amendment No.1
Proposed:

Leave out all after ‘Northern Ireland;’ and insert:

‘ acknowledges that the transformation of the Maze/Long Kesh site into a Peace Building and Conflict Resolution Centre must have due regard to the needs of victims and survivors; and calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to prioritise this need whilst urgently progressing a development and job creation strategy for the site.’

Mr C Eastwood
Mr A Maginness
Mrs D Kelly

3.3 Amendment No.2
Proposed:

Leave out :

‘ with concern’.

Mr P Givan
Mr P Weir

Debate ensued.

The sitting was suspended at 12.39pm.

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

4. Question Time

4.1 Education

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

4.2 Finance and Personnel

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson.

5. Private Members’ Business (Cont’d)

5.1 Motion - Utilisation of the former site of the Maze Prison (Cont’d)

Debate resumed on the Motion.

Amendment No. 1 being put, the Amendmentwas made (Division 1).

Amendment No. 2 was not put.

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

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

5.2 Motion - Community Pharmacies
Proposed:

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to put a contingency plan in place to protect pharmacy services in rural and socially disadvantaged areas following the introduction of new funding arrangements.

Mr D McKay
Ms M Boyle

Debate ensued.

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

6. Adjournment

Mr Jonathan Craig spoke to his topic on the Closure of Dunmurry High School and Knockmore Primary School, including its Special Needs Unit

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 6.04pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
25 October 2011

Northern Ireland Assembly

25 October 2011
Division

Utilisation of the former site of the Maze Prison - Amendment 1

Proposed:
Leave out all after ‘Northern Ireland;’ and insert:

‘ acknowledges that the transformation of the Maze/Long Kesh site into a Peace Building and Conflict Resolution Centre must have due regard to the needs of victims and survivors; and calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to prioritise this need whilst urgently progressing a development and job creation strategy for the site.’

Mr C Eastwood
Mr A Maginness
Mrs D Kelly

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 63
Noes: 15

Ayes

Mr Agnew, Mr S Anderson, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Ms P Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Campbell,
Mr T Clarke, Mr Craig, Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Durkan, Mr Easton, Mr Eastwood, Dr Farry,
Mr Frew, Ms Gildernew, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Ms Lewis, Ms Lo, Mr Lunn, Mr Lynch, Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann,
Mr McCarthy, Mr McCartney, Mr McCausland, Mr I McCrea, Mr McDevitt, Mr McGlone,
Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt, Mr McLaughlin, Mr McMullan,
Mr McQuillan, Mr A Maginness, Mr P Maskey, Mr Molloy, Lord Morrow, Mr Moutray, Mr Murphy, Mr Newton, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O’Dowd, Mr Poots, Ms S Ramsey, Rt Hon P Robinson,
Mr Ross, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan, Mr Storey, Mr Weir, Mr Wilson.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr D Bradley and Mr Eastwood.

Noes

Mr Allister, Mr Beggs, Mr Copeland, Mr Cree, Mrs Dobson, Mr Elliott, Mr Gardiner, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Mr B McCrea, Mr McGimpsey, Mr McNarry, Mr Nesbitt, Mrs Overend, Mr Swann.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr Copeland and Mr Nesbitt.

The Amendment was made.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
25 October 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

5. Assembly Reports

6. Statutory Rules

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

7. Written Ministerial Statements

8. Consultation Documents

9. Departmental Publications

10. Agency Publications

11. Westminster Publications

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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