Northern Ireland Assembly debates

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

  • Ministerial Statements 

  • Executive Committee Business

  • Oral Answers to Questions

    • Health, Social Services and Public Safety

    • City Hospital: Ward 5 North

      6 speeches

      1. asked the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what changes are planned for ward 5 north of the Belfast City Hospital. (AQO 5160/11-15)

      Resuscitation Strategy

      9 speeches

      2. asked the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what a community resuscitation strategy will achieve. (AQO 5161/11-15)

      Paediatric Congenital Cardiac Surgery

      10 speeches

      4. asked the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the issue of paediatric cardiac surgery. (AQO 5163/11-15)

      Cholesterol

      8 speeches

      5. asked the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what actions have been taken to assist families at increased risk of high levels of cholesterol. (AQO 5164/11-15)

      Heart Disease

      6 speeches

      6. asked the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what action he has taken to increase early intervention work and reduce morbidity and mortality rates from heart and circulatory...

      Blood Donations: Ban on Gay Men

      9 speeches

      7. asked the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, in relation to his response to the 'Ban on Blood Donations from Gay Men' debate in the Assembly on 5 November 2013, to outline...

      A&E: Non-emergency Attendance

      7 speeches

      9. asked the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what action he is taking to discourage non-emergency attendances at Emergency Departments. (AQO 5168/11-15)

      Cherry Tree House Nursing and Residential Home

      4 speeches

      2. asked the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety when, to ensure that the public are aware of any action that is being taken, he will make a statement about the nature of the...

      Hospitals: Staffing Levels

      4 speeches

      3. asked the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail how his Department measures safe staffing levels across our hospitals and to state any shortages that there might be...

      Ulster Hospital

      6 speeches

      4. asked the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline the pressures at the Ulster Hospital site in having sufficient space to accommodate the services and departments that...

      Abortion: Foetal Abnormalities

      4 speeches

      5. asked the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what action he has taken in recent months on the issue of abortion and, in particular, lethal foetal abnormalities. (AQT 465/11-15)

      A&E Waiting Times:  Antrim

      6 speeches

      6. asked the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what impact the new wing at Antrim Area Hospital has had on A&E waiting times. (AQT 466/11-15)

      Finance and Personnel

      1 speech

      Mr Kelly is not in his place to ask question 1.

      Civil Service: Sick Absence

      9 speeches

      2. asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel what steps he is taking to address the rise in levels of Civil Service sickness absence. (AQO 5176/11-15)

      Public Sector Reform

      8 speeches

      4. asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel for an update on the work of the public sector reform division. (AQO 5178/11-15)

      Country and Regional Analysis

      6 speeches

      5. asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel for an update on communication between his Department and the Treasury regarding the country and regional analysis. (AQO 5179/11-15)

      Devolution

      10 speeches

      6. asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel for his assessment of the creation of a commission on devolution in Northern Ireland similar to the Silk and Calman commissions in Wales and...

      Desertcreat

      7 speeches

      7. asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel for an update on the delivery of the Desertcreat project. (AQO 5181/11-15)

      Ulster Bank: IT Glitches

      4 speeches

      1. asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether he has had any discussions with the Ulster Bank in light of the recent glitches in its IT systems and, if so, what was the outcome of those...

      Budget: Financial Transactions Capital

      5 speeches

      3. asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel what measures he can take to prevent the Executive’s 2013-14 allocation of financial transactions capital being surrendered to Her...

      Narrow Water Bridge

      4 speeches

      5. asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether he agrees that the construction of the Narrow Water Bridge would create badly needed jobs in the tourism and construction sectors. (AQT...

      Jobs: HMRC

      4 speeches

      6. asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel for an update on any discussions that he has had with HMRC, given that he will be aware of its plans to close services here and to significantly...

      EU Funds: Additionality

      4 speeches

      7. asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether he is satisfied that, in the devolutionary arrangement, there is transparent additionality of EU funds, given that, under EU regulations,...

  • Assembly Business

    2 speeches

    On a point of order, Mr Speaker.  Those of you who are Church of Ireland will know the line in the catechism that states: "We have left undone those things which we ought to have done ......

  • Executive Committee Business

    • Tobacco Retailers Bill: Consideration Stage

    • Clause 1 (Register of tobacco retailers)

      3 speeches

       Debate resumed on Question, That clause 1 stand part of the Bill. The following amendments stood on the Marshalled List: No 1: After clause 1 insert "Register of tobacco retailers...

      New Clause

       Amendment No 1 made: After clause 1 insert "Register of tobacco retailers 1A.—(1) The registration authority must, in accordance with the provisions of this Act, maintain a register...

      Clause 2 (Application for registration)

      1 speech

       Amendment No 2 made: In page 1, line 11, leave out from "council" to the end of line 12 and insert "registration authority—".— [Mr Poots (The Minister of Health, Social Services...

      Clause 3 (Duty to notify certain changes)

       Amendment No 11 made: In page 2, line 30, leave out from "council" to "situated" in line 31 and insert "registration authority".— [Mr Poots (The Minister of Health, Social Services...

      Clause 4 (Changes to and removal from the Register)

      1 speech

       Amendment No 13 made: In page 2, line 38, leave out "A council" and insert "The registration authority".— [Mr Poots (The Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety).]...

      Clause 7 (Restricted premises orders)

      4 speeches

      We now come to the second group of amendments for debate.  With amendment No 20, it will be convenient to debate the Minister's opposition to clause 11, as well as amendment Nos 21 to 38, 40...

      "Restricted premises orders: display of notices

      9A. (1) This section applies where— (a) a restricted premises order has effect in respect of premises ("the relevant premises”); and (b) a person ("P”) carries on a retail...

      "Restricted premises orders: no tobacco in retail area

      9 speeches

      9B. (1) This section applies where— (a) a restricted premises order has effect in respect of premises ("the relevant premises”); and (b) a person ("P”) carries on a retail...

      Clause 8 (Restricted sale orders)

       Amendment No 23 made: In page 5, line 40, leave out ‘may not exceed one year’ and insert "must not be less than 28 days or more than 3 years".— [Mr Poots (The Minister of...

      New Clause

       Amendment No 25 made: After clause 9 insert—

      "Restricted premises orders: display of notices

      9A. (1) This section applies where— (a) a restricted premises order has effect in respect of premises ("the relevant premises”); and (b) a person ("P”) carries on a retail...

      New Clause

       Amendment No 26 made: After clause 9 insert—

      "Restricted premises orders: no tobacco in retail area

      9B. (1) This section applies where— (a) a restricted premises order has effect in respect of premises ("the relevant premises”); and (b) a person ("P”) carries on a retail...

      Clause 10 (Offences)

       Amendment No 27 made: In page 6, line 37, at end insert— "(6A) If a person fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with section 9A(2), the person commits an offence."— [Mr...

      Clause 12 (Powers of entry)

       Amendment No 31 made: In page 7, line 14, leave out from ‘the proper’ to the end of line 15 and insert "ascertaining whether any of the following offences is being or has been...

      Clause 13 (Fixed penalties for certain offences)

       Amendment No 34 made: In page 8, line 21, leave out from "an offence" to the end of line 24 and insert— "(a) an offence under section 10(1), (2), (3), (6A) or (6B), (b) an offence...

      Clause 16 (Obstruction, etc. of authorised officers)

       Amendment No 35 made: In page 10, line 29, leave out "3" and insert "5".— [Mr Poots (The Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety).] Clause 16, as amended, ordered to...

      New Clause

       Amendment No 36 made: After clause 16 insert— "Council’s duty to share information about enforcement 16A.—(1) Every council must make available to every other council, the...

      Clause 18 (Amendment of the Order of 1978)

       Amendment No 37 made: In page 11, line 1, leave out subsection (2) and insert "(2) In Article 3(3) (prohibition on sale of tobacco, etc. to persons under 18) for "level 4” substitute...

      Clause 22 (Interpretation)

       Amendment No 39 made: In page 16, leave out lines 33 and 34 and insert ‘"the Register” has the meaning given in section 1A(1); "registered”, "unregistered” and "the...

      Clause 23 (Transitional provision)

       Amendment No 40 made: In page 17, line 9, leave out subsection (3) and insert "(3) Paragraph (aa) of section 2(3) does not apply in relation to an offence mentioned in that paragraph which...

      Clause 24 (Regulations and orders)

       Amendment No 41 made: In page 17, line 16, leave out "5(2),".— [Mr Poots (The Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety).] Clause 24, as amended, ordered to stand part of...

      Long Title

      3 speeches

       Amendment No 42 made: Leave out "to confer additional powers of enforcement in relation to offences under Articles 3 and 4 of the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland)...

  • Private Members' Business

    • School Hours

      63 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...

  • Adjournment

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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