Northern Ireland Assembly debates

Monday, 10 September 2007

  • Northern Ireland Assembly

    The Assembly met at 12.00 noon (Mr Speaker in the Chair). Members observed two minutes’ silence.

  • Assembly Business

    1 speech

    I welcome all Members back after the summer break. Before we proceed, I wish to say a few words about the future conduct and procedures of the House. I have already advised the Business Committee...

  • ministerial statement

    • Foot-and-Mouth Disease

      36 speeches

      We shall move on to the next item of business. I have received notice from the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development that she wishes to make a statement on the recent outbreak of...

  • committee business

    • Committee Membership

      1 speech

      The next item on the Order Paper is a motion to change the membership of the Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment. As with other similar motions, it will be treated as a business...

  • private members’ business

    • Economic Development Task Force

      21 speeches

      The Business Committee has agreed to allow up to one hour and 30 minutes for this debate. The proposer of the motion will have 10 minutes to propose and 10 minutes to make a winding-up speech....

  • Oral Answers to Questions

    • Office of the First Minister and  the Deputy First Minister

    • Shared Future

      8 speeches

      1. asked the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister to detail what action had been taken following the findings of the report ‘The Cost of Division - A Shared Future...

      Interdepartmental Liaison

      17 speeches

      2. asked the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister to identify which specific operational areas required close liaison between staff working for OFMDFM and staff working for...

      Equality Agenda

      9 speeches

      3. asked the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister to outline how it intends to address the equality agenda.    (AQO 6/08)

      Single Equality Bill

      9 speeches

      4. asked the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister to report on the progress of the single equality Bill.     (AQO 61/08)

      Civic Forum

      5 speeches

      5. asked the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister what progress had been made on the restoration of the Civic Forum, and to produce a detailed timetable and action...

      Agriculture and Rural Development

      Renewable Energy

      8 speeches

      2. asked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what steps she has taken to increase the use of renewable energies within the agrifood and rural...

      Planning Problems

      8 speeches

      3. asked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what discussions she has had with the Minister of the Environment in relation to planning problems experienced by people involved in...

      Local Farm Produce

      6 speeches

      4. asked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what discussions she has had with the major supermarket chains in Northern Ireland in relation to giving priority to the stocking and...

      Agrienvironment Schemes

      4 speeches

      5. asked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the number of farmers that are participating in agrienvironment schemes in Northern Ireland; and the number that have not been...

      Grain Prices

      13 speeches

      6. asked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what steps she is taking to help to protect the intensive livestock sector from increased grain prices.     ...

      Fishing Industry

      4 speeches

      7. asked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail her plans for the December Council negotiations in Europe on Northern Ireland’s fishing...

      Caseous Lymphadenitis

      4 speeches

      8. asked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what plans she has to introduce a slaughter policy and compensation scheme for caseous...

      Culture, Arts and Leisure

      National Lottery Funding

      9 speeches

      1. asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what are his plans to address the shortfall in funding, in light of the recent decision by the National Lottery to redirect £42 million...

      Irish and Ulster Scots: Funding and Parity

      6 speeches

      2. asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what steps he is taking to (a) establish the overall levels of departmental funding for the Irish language and the Ulster-Scots cultural outlook...

      Irish Language Bill

      9 speeches

      3. asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to outline the timescale for the publication of the second consultation on an Irish language Bill. (AQO 126/08)

      Ulster Grand Prix and Motorcycling

      7 speeches

      4. asked the Minster of Culture, Arts and Leisure to make a statement on the success of the 2007 Ulster Grand Prix week and to outline his plans to support the Ulster Grand Prix in the future....

      All-Ireland Velodrome

      7 speeches

      5. asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what steps he is taking to assess the potential development of an all-Ireland cycling velodrome based in Newcastle, County Down, or in...

      Sports Coaches

      5 speeches

      7. asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what steps he is taking to increase the number of sports coaches.         0;  (AQO 122/08)

      Creative Media Industry Clusters

      7 speeches

      8. asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to outline his strategies to provide creative media industry clusters in Northern Ireland.   (AQO 15/08)

  • Private Members’ Business

    • Economic Development Task Force

      4 speeches

      Debate resumed on amendment to motion: That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to establish a task force to address urgently the economic development of the...

    • Tax-Varying Powers

      37 speeches

      The Business Committee has agreed to allow up to one hour and 30 minutes for the debate. The proposer of the motion will have 10 minutes to propose and 10 minutes for the winding-up speech. All...

What is this?

The current Northern Ireland Assembly was established in 1998 as part of the Belfast Agreement. It was suspended on the 14th of October 2002, and remained suspended until 8th May 2007.

Between 8 May 2006 and 22 November 2006 the Assembly established under the Northern Ireland Act 2006, and between November 2006 and January 2007 the Transitional Assembly created by the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006, met in order to prepare for the restoration of devolved government.

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