Reference: OP 24/16-21
Date: 24 October 2016
The Assembly to sit at noon.
2. Executive Committee Business
Motion: Draft Welfare Supplementary Payment (Benefit Cap) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016
That the draft Welfare Supplementary Payment (Benefit Cap) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016 be approved.
Minister for Communities
3. Question Time
4. Committee Business
Motion: Trustees of the Assembly Members' Pension Scheme
That the following Members are appointed as the Trustees of the Assembly Members' Pension Scheme; Mr Ross Hussey, Mr Trevor Lunn, Mr Richie McPhillips, Ms Caitríona Ruane and Mr Jim Wells.
Mr A Maskey
Mr A Attwood
Mr S Dickson
5. Private Members' Business
Motion: Ending the Separation of Paramilitary Prisoners at HMP Maghaberry
That this Assembly notes that HMP Maghaberry is unique in the British Isles and much of Europe for the challenges it faces as a result of housing prisoners with such opposing political and ideological views, and criminal backgrounds; further notes the continuing implementation of a flawed decision, taken in 2003, to separate paramilitary prisoners, and the impact that this is having on the operation of the prison and on the morale of public servants who live with its consequences; believes that the prison should gradually revert back to its integrationist policy and that this should be reflected in the Executive's Action Plan on Tackling Paramilitary Activity, Criminality, and Organised Crime; and calls on the Minister of Justice to put in place the framework to ensure that, by 2021, there are no new admissions to separate paramilitary wings and that by 2026 there is a fully-integrated prison regime.
Mr D Beattie
Mr R Beggs
Motion: Addressing Nursing Shortages
That this Assembly acknowledges the ongoing problem of nursing shortages in Northern Ireland; recognises the work carried out by former Health Ministers and Health and Social Care Trusts to address this problem; and calls on the Minister of Health to build on these efforts by working proactively with our colleges and universities to promote nursing as a career choice, and to work collaboratively with the relevant bodies to train and retain more nurses, thus reducing the total spend on agency workers and assisting long-term workforce planning.
Mr S Anderson
Ms P Bradley
Mr G Middleton
Mr T Clarke