Minutes of Proceedings

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Date: 24 May 2021

The Assembly met at noon, the Speaker in the Chair.

1. Prayers

Members observed two minutes' silence.

2. Executive Committee Business

3.1 Motion: The draft Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2021


That the draft Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2021 be approved.

Minister for the Economy

Debate ensued.

The Question being put, the motion was carried.

3. Committee Business

3.1 Motion: Extension of Committee Stage: Climate Change Bill (NIA Bill 19/17-22)


That, in accordance with Standing Order 33(4), the period referred to in Standing Order 33(2) be extended to 17 December 2021, in relation to the Committee Stage of the Climate Change Bill [NIA Bill 19/17-22).

Chairperson, Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

The Question being put, the motion was carried.

The Deputy Speaker, Mr Beggs, took the Chair.

3.2 Motion: Restrictive Intervention and Seclusion of Children and Young People with Additional Support Needs


That this Assembly expresses concern at the lack of statutory guidance from the Department of Education on the use of restrictive intervention on children and young people, particularly those who have additional support needs, including those with physical or learning disabilities or who are neurodivergent; calls on the Minister of Education to develop and introduce, in partnership with teachers, parents and all other relevant stakeholders, up-to-date statutory guidance on therapeutic-based, non-aversive, positive behaviour strategies; and further calls on the Minister to fund mandatory training on this approach for all staff working directly with children and young people, provide statutory guidance on restraint definitions, last resort definitions, and human rights based guidance in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, introduce mandatory recording and reporting of all incidents of restrictive intervention and abolish the use of isolation rooms.

Chairperson, Committee for Education

Debate ensued.

The Question being put, the motion was carried.

The Principal Deputy Speaker took the Chair.

4. Private Members' Business

4.1 Motion: Green New Deal


That this Assembly recognises that recovery from the pandemic and tackling the climate crisis go hand in hand, requiring an investment-led, green recovery that delivers on social and economic justice and rapidly decarbonises our economy; and calls on the Executive to deliver a Green New Deal which will create an equitable, sustainable economy filled with well-paid, secure, low-carbon jobs in care, education and health as well as in industry and infrastructure, and to ensure wellbeing and inclusion are at the centre of government decision making.

Mr Stewart Dickson
Mr John Blair
Mr Andrew Muir
Ms Paula Bradshaw

Debate ensued.

The debate stood suspended for Question Time.
The Speaker took the Chair.

5. Question Time

5.1 Infrastructure

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister for Infrastructure, Ms Nichola Mallon.

5.2 Justice

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Justice, Mrs Naomi Long.

The Principal Deputy Speaker took the Chair.

6. Private Members' Business (cont'd)

6.1 Motion: Green New Deal (cont'd)

Debate resumed.

The Question being put, the motion was carried.

7. Adjournment


That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 4.36pm.

Mr Alex Maskey
The Speaker
24 May 2021


Northern Ireland Assembly

Papers Presented to the Assembly on 19 May 2021 to 24 May 2021

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

2021-22 Budget (Department of Finance)

Legislative Consent Memorandum: Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Bill (Department for the Economy)

IntertradeIreland Annual Report and Accounts 2019 (Department for the Economy)

5. Assembly Reports

6. Statutory Rules

SR 2021/129 The Rules of the Court of Judicature (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) 2021 (Department of Health)

SR 2021/130 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (Amendment No. 4) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (Department of Health)

SR 2021/131 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (Department of Health)

Draft SR - The Administration (Restrictions on Disposal etc. to Connected Persons) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (Department for the Economy)

SR 2021/132 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (Department of Health)

For information only

Explanatory Memorandum for SR 2021/130 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (Amendment No. 4) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (Department of Health)

7. Written Ministerial Statements

May 2021 Covid-19 Funding (Minister of Finance)

Decisions of the Executive on COVID-19, 20 May 2021 (The Executive Office)

8. Consultation Documents

9. Departmental Publications

10. Agency Publications

11. Westminster Publications

12. Miscellaneous Publications


The following Members notified the Speaker, under Standing Order 112, that they wished to avail of proxy voting arrangements for the sitting on Monday 24 May 2021:

Steve Aiken

Gerry Kelly

Andy Allen

Liz Kimmins

Martina Anderson

Naomi Long

Caoimhe Archibald

Gordon Lyons

Kellie Armstrong

Séan Lynch

Rosemary Barton

Chris Lyttle

Roy Beggs

Nichola Mallon

Cathal Boylan

Declan McAleer

Paula Bradley

Fra McCann

Sinead Bradley

Daniel McCrossan

Paula Bradshaw

Patsy McGlone

Nicola Brogan

Colin McGrath

Thomas Buchanan

Philip McGuigan

Pat Catney

Maolíosa McHugh

Alan Chambers

Sinead McLaughlin

Stewart Dickson

Justin McNulty

Linda Dillon

Gary Middleton

Diane Dodds

Andrew Muir

Jemma Dolan

Karen Mullan

Gordon Dunne

Conor Murphy

Mark Durkan

Mike Nesbitt

Alex Easton

Robin Newton

Sinead Ennis

Carál Ní Chuilín

Arlene Foster

Michelle O’Neill

Órlaithí Flynn

Edwin Poots

Colm Gildernew

George Robinson

Paul Givan

Emma Rogan

Deirdre Hargey

Pat Sheehan

Harry Harvey

Emma Sheerin

David Hilditch

Christopher Stalford

Cara Hunter

John Stewart

William Irwin

Mervyn Storey

Declan Kearney

Robin Swann

Dolores Kelly

Peter Weir

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