Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: 06 November 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. Assembly Business

2.1 Motion - Suspension of Standing Order 20(1)

Proposed:

That Standing Order 20(1) be suspended for 6 November 2012.

Mr R Swann
Mr P Weir

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

3. Executive Committee Business

3.1 Statement - North South Ministerial Council Plenary Meeting

The deputy First Minister, Mr Martin McGuinness, made a statement regarding the North South Ministerial Council Plenary meeting, held on Friday 2 November, following which he replied to questions.

3.2 Statement - Putting Pupils First: Improving Outcomes, improving Opportunity

The Minister of Education, Mr John O’Dowd, made a statement regarding ‘Putting Pupils First: Improving Outcomes, Improving Opportunity’, following which he replied to questions.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

3.3 Further Consideration Stage - Superannuation Bill (NIA 6/11-15)

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

No amendments were tabled to the Bill.

The Superannuation Bill stood referred to the Speaker for consideration in accordance with section 10 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. 

3.4 Final Stage - Air Passenger Duty (Setting of Rate) Bill (NIA 15/11-15)

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

Debate ensued.

The Air Passenger Duty (Setting of Rate) Bill passed Final Stage with cross-community support nemine contradicente.

The sitting was suspended at 12.44pm.

Following the agreement of the Business Committee, the sitting resumed at 4.00pm, with the Speaker in the Chair.

4. Question Time

4.1       Agriculture and Rural Development

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

4.2       Regional Development

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister for Regional Development, Mr Danny Kennedy.

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

5. Private Members’ Business

5.1 Motion - Voting Age

Proposed:

That this Assembly believes that the voting age should be reduced to sixteen for all elections and referendums; and calls on the Westminster Government to introduce legislation to accommodate this change.

Mr S Agnew
Ms M Fearon

Debate ensued.

The Question being put, the Motion was carried (Division).  

6. Adjournment

Ms Maeve McLaughlin spoke to her topic on the delay in key planning applications in the Foyle constituency.

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 7.03pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
06 November 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly

06 November 2012
Division

Voting Age - Motion

Proposed:

That this Assembly believes that the voting age should be reduced to sixteen for all elections and referendums; and calls on the Westminster Government to introduce legislation to accommodate this change.

Mr S Agnew
Ms M Fearon

The Question was put and the Assembly divided.

Ayes: 51

Noes: 29

Ayes

Mr Agnew, Mr Attwood, Mr Beggs, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mrs Cochrane,
Mr Copeland, Mr Cree, Mr Dickson, Mrs Dobson, Mr Durkan, Mr Eastwood, Dr Farry, Ms Fearon,
Mr Flanagan, Mr Hazzard, Mr Hussey, Mr G Kelly, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Mr Lynch, Mr Lyttle,
Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCarthy, Mr McCartney, Mr McClarty, Ms McCorley,
Dr McDonnell, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr M McGuinness, Mr McKay, Mrs McKevitt,
Ms Maeve McLaughlin, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr A Maginness, Mr Maskey,
Mr Nesbitt, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Mr P Ramsey, Ms S Ramsey,
Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan, Mr Swann.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Agnew and Ms Fearon.

Noes

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Clarke, Mr Craig,
Mr Douglas, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Frew, Mr Girvan, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey,
Mr Irwin, Mr McCausland, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McQuillan, Mr Moutray, Mr Newton,
Mr G Robinson, Rt Hon P Robinson, Mr Ross, Mr Spratt, Mr Weir, Mr Wells.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr McQuillan and Mr G Robinson.

The Motion was carried.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on
06 November 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. 2012/398 The Education (Student Support) (No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009 (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DEL)
  • S.R. 2012/400 The Plant Health (Wood and Bark) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (DARD)

7.    Written Ministerial Statements

8.    Consultation Documents

Proposals for Changes to Permitted Development Rights for Agricultural Buildings and Plant (DOE)

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 6 NOVEMBER 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

22.10.12

06.11.12

 

 

Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse Bill

NIA Bill 7/11-15

12.06.12

25.06.12

26.10.12

24.10.12

 

 

 

 

Business Improvement Districts Bill NIA Bill 9/11-15

25.06.12

17.09.12

13.12.12

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

22.10.12

05.11.12

06.11.12

 

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

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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