Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 31 May 2011

Venue: Assembly Chamber

No. 04-11/12

The Assembly met at 10.30am, the Speaker in the Chair

1. Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2. Assembly Business

2.1 Motion - Suspension of Standing Order 20(1)


That Standing Order 20(1) be suspended for 31 May 2011.

Mr P Weir
Mr P Maskey
Mr J McCallister
Mr P Ramsey
Mr S Dickson

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

3. Private Members’ Business

3.1 Motion - Educational Attainment in Working Class Protestant Areas


That this Assembly notes the comparative lack of post-GCSE educational qualifications held by people from working class Protestant communities; expresses concern at the effect this may have on the future employability of young people from such areas; and calls on the Minister for Employment and Learning to bring forward a strategy to address this matter.

Mr A Easton
Mr S Douglas
Mr P Weir

3.2 Amendment


At end insert:

‘; and further calls on the Minister of Education to address educational underachievement at the earliest stage.’

Mr R Beggs
Mr B McCrea
Mr M Copeland

Debate ensued.

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

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

3.2 Motion - Services for Young People and Adults with Special Needs


That this Assembly supports a review of the community services, including respite services, that are currently available for young people and adults with special needs after they leave school.

Ms J McCann
Ms S Ramsey

Debate ensued.

The sitting was suspended at 12.25pm.

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

4. Private Members’ Business (Cont’d)

4.1 Motion - Services for Young People and Adults with Special Needs (Cont’d)

Debate resumed on the Motion.

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

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

5. Adjournment

Mr Alastair Ross spoke to his topic on the upgrade of the A2 in East Antrim.


That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 3.32pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
31 May 2011

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
24 - 31 May 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

Salmon and Inland Fisheries Annual Report 2009 (DCAL)

Police Service of Northern Ireland Customer Service Inspection Report (DOJ)

Disposal of Records Schedule for the Department for Regional Development (DCAL)

Disposal of Documents Schedule for Companies House Northern Ireland Dissolved Company Records (DCAL)

Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission Annual Report and Accounts 2008/09 (DOJ)

Securing Attendance at Court Inspection Report (DOJ)

The Annual Report of the Lay Observer for Northern Ireland 2010 - Further Progress (DFP)

National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2010 (DCAL)

5. Assembly Reports

6. Statutory Rules

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

  • S.R. 2011/141 Land Registration (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DFP)
  • S.R. 2011/158 Land Registration (Electronic Communications) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 (DFP)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

8. Consultation Documents

9. Departmental Publications

Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Northern Ireland Departments 2009/10 (DFP)

10. Agency Publications

11. Westminster Publications

12. Miscellaneous Publications

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