Order Paper

Reference: OP 149/11-15

Date: 01 July 2013

1. Prayers
2. Public Petitions

‘Save the Dickson Plan’

Mr S Moutray

‘Save Envagh Primary School, Omagh; St. Francis of Assisi Primary School, Castlederg; and Newtownstewart Model Primary School’

Mr J Byrne

‘Save Westlands Home, Cookstown’

Mrs S Overend 

3. Assembly Business

Motion: Membership for the Committee of the Regions

That this Assembly nominates Ms Megan Fearon as a full member on the UK delegation to the Committee of the Regions.

Ms C Ruane
Mr P Weir

4. Executive Committee Business

Second Stage: Financial Provisions Bill (NIA 22/11-15)

Minister of Finance and Personnel

Legislative Consent Motion: Pensions Bill

That this Assembly endorses the principle of the extension to Northern Ireland of clause 41 of the Pensions Bill, as introduced in the House of Commons on 9 May 2013, relating to the preparation of guidance for pensions illustrations.

Minister for Social Development

Legislative Consent Motion: Mesothelioma Bill

That this Assembly endorses the principle of the extension to Northern Ireland of the Mesothelioma Bill.

Minister for Social Development

Motion: The draft Local Government (Statutory Transition Committee) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013

That the draft Local Government (Statutory Transition Committee) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 be approved.

Minister of the Environment

5. Question Time

5.1 Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister

5.2 Finance and Personnel

6. Committee Business
(a) Motion: Amend Standing Order 10(2)(a)

In Standing Order 10(2)(a) leave out ‘and 20A’ and insert –

‘to 20B’

Chairperson, Committee on Procedures

(b) Motion: Amend Standing Order 19

Leave out Standing Order 19(3) and insert –

‘(3) A question may be –

(a) for oral answer (see Standing Order 20);

(b) a topical question for oral answer (see Standing Order 20A);

(c) for urgent oral answer (see Standing Order 20B); or

(d) for written answer (see Standing Order 20C).’

In Standing Order 19(4) line 1, after ‘question’ insert – 

‘(other than a topical question)’

Chairperson, Committee on Procedures

(c) Motion: Amend Standing Order 20

After Standing Order 20 insert –

‘20A. Topical Questions

(1) Topical questions for a Minister shall be taken during the first 15 minutes of the time allocated for questions for oral answer by that Minister.

(2) No topical questions shall be asked of the Assembly Commission.

(3) A member who wishes to ask a topical question of a Minister at a particular sitting shall submit his or her name in advance to the Speaker who shall select 10 members by ballot.

(4) The Speaker shall determine, by means of a random selection, the order in which questions are taken.

(5) The Speaker shall inform –

(a)  members; and

(b)  the Ministers to whom the questions will be addressed at the sitting; in advance, of the names and order in which questions are to be taken.

(6) Answers may not be debated, but the member asking the question may ask a supplementary question.  A supplementary question may contain no more than one enquiry.

(7) Where a member is not present to ask a topical question, the Speaker shall move to the next member in accordance with the order determined under paragraph (4).

(8) Paragraphs (1)(a) and (2) of Standing Order 19 and paragraphs (2), (8A), (10) and (11) of Standing Order 20 shall apply to topical questions as they apply to questions for oral answer.’

Chairperson, Committee on Procedures

(d) Motion: Amend Standing Order 20(1)

In Standing Order 20(1) leave out sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) and the hyphen immediately preceding them and insert -

‘2.00 pm and 3.30 pm on those Mondays and Tuesdays’

Chairperson, Committee on Procedures

7. Private Members’ Business

Motion: Progress on North South Co-operation

That this Assembly reaffirms its commitment to the ambition, values and institutions borne out of the Belfast Agreement; notes the improved working relationship between the Governments on this island including through the North/South Ministerial Council and British/Irish Council; welcomes the recent progress on the Narrow Water Bridge project; and calls on the Executive, in conjunction with the British and Irish Governments, to complete urgently the review of the St Andrew’s Agreement to allow further progress on North South co-operation in order to bring benefits to all of the people of this island. 

Mr C McDevitt
Mr D Bradley

8. Adjournment

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