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No. 17-07/08


The Assembly met at noon, the Speaker in the Chair

1. Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2. The Speaker’s Business


The Speaker announced the death of Mr John Fee, a former Member for the Newry and Armagh Constituency.

Members paid tribute to Mr Fee on behalf of their parties.

3. Executive Committee Business

3.1 First Stage - Pensions Bill NIA 7/07

Ms Margaret Ritchie, Minister for Social Development, introduced a Bill to make provision about pensions and other benefits payable to persons in connection with bereavement or by reference to pensionable age; to make provision about the functions of the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority; and for connected purposes.

Bill passed First Stage and ordered to be printed (NIA Bill 7/07).

3.2 Motion – Pig Production Development Committee (Winding up) Order (Northern Ireland) 2007

Proposed: That the Pig Production Development Committee (Winding Up) Order (Northern Ireland) 2007 (S.R. 2007/354) be approved.

[Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development]

Debate ensued.

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

4. Private Members’ Business

4.1 Motion – Road Deaths

Proposed: That this Assembly calls for an all-Ireland summit to tackle the crisis on our roads, and for the integration of the Road Safety Council and the Road Safety Authority, to deal with the issue of road safety on an all-Ireland basis.

[Mr C Boylan]
[Mr R McCartney]

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Molloy) in the chair.

4.2 Amendment No. 1

Proposed: Leave out all after ‘Assembly’ and insert:

‘notes the existing level of cooperation between the road safety authorities in Northern Ireland and those in the Republic of Ireland; further notes that a review of Northern Ireland’s road safety strategy is currently under way which can draw on experience from other countries; and calls for further measures to be taken to ensure that the current progress on improving road safety is sustained and increased.’

[Mr P Weir]
[Mr I McCrea]
[Rt Hon J Donaldson]

4.3 Amendment No. 2

Proposed: Leave out all after ‘Assembly’ and insert:

‘notes the cooperation between the Department of Transport in the Republic of Ireland and the Department of the Environment, as well as the rapid progress made by the Road Safety Authority in the Republic of Ireland in the past year; and calls for increased cooperation between it and the Road Safety Council in Northern Ireland to promote best practice in road safety education and enforcement across the island, including bilateral conferences not less than once a year.

[Mr D Ford]

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr McClarty) in the chair.

Amendment No. 1 being put, the Amendment was made without division.

Amendment No. 2 was not put.

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

4.4 Motion – Co-Ownership and Shared Equity

Proposed: That this Assembly calls for an expansion of housing co-ownership to at least 10% of the overall housing market in Northern Ireland, with a wide variety of shared equity options available to first time home buyers.

[Mr S Gardiner]
[Mr K Robinson]
[Mr D Kennedy]

Debate ensued.

The debate was suspended for Question Time.

The Speaker in the chair.

5. Question Time

5.1 Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister

Questions were put to, and answered by, the First Minister, the Rt Hon Ian Paisley.

5.2 Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister, Ms Michelle Gildernew.

5.3 Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister, Mr Edwin Poots.

6. Private Members’ Business (cont’d)

6.1 Motion – Co-Ownership and Shared Equity (cont’d)

Debate resumed on the Motion.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) in the chair.

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

7. Adjournment

Proposed: That the Assembly do now adjourn.

[The Speaker]

The Assembly adjourned at 4.50 pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker
12 November 2007





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

Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority's Annual Report and Accounts 1 April 2006- 31 March 2007 (NIA 48/07-08)

5. Assembly Reports

Report of the Examiner of Statutory Rules to the Assembly and the Appropriate Committees – Fifth Report (NIA 60/07-08)

6. Statutory Rules

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

S.R. 2007/450 The Feed (Specified Undesirable Substances) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007 (DHSSPS)

S.R. 2007/451 The Feed (Corn Gluten Feed and Brewers Grains) (Emergency Control) (Revocation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007 (DHSSPS)

S.R. 2007/460 The Motor Vehicles (Third-Party Risks) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007 (DOE)

S.R. 2007/461 The Road Transport Licensing (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007 (DOE)

S.R. 2007/462 The Company and Business Names (Amendment No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007 (DETI)

S.R. 2007/463 The B7 Chapel Hill Road, Mayobridge (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2007 (DRD)

For information only:

S.R. 2007/453 The Family Proceedings Fees (Amendment No. 2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2007

S.R. 2007/454 (C.30) The Road Traffic (2007 Order) (Commencement No. 2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2007 (DOE)

7. Consultation Documents

Joint Public Consultation on:
(a) Curriculum Provision in Further Education Colleges
(b) Review of Higher Education in Further Education, Including Foundation Degrees

Consultation on Draft Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2007

Consultation on Implementation of the EIA Directive for Offshore Electricity Developments

8. Departmental Publications

Pensions Bill - Regulatory Impact Assessment (DSD)

9. Agency Publications

10. Westminster Publications

Seventeenth Report of the Independent Monitoring Commission (HC 18)

11. Miscellaneous Publications