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Northern Ireland Assembly debates

Monday, 21 November 2016

  • Northern Ireland Assembly

    The Assembly met at 12 noon (Speaker [Mr Newton] in the Chair). Members observed two minutes' silence.

  • Speaker's Business

    5 speeches

    Members, on Friday afternoon, I received a media query to ask whether I would recuse myself from any future decisions on Assembly business in relation to Charter NI and the social investment...

  • Ministerial Statement

    • Prisons: Mental Health

      36 speeches

      Before I call the Minister to make her statement, I remind her that Standing Order 18A(2) requires her to make a written copy of it available to Members at least 30 minutes before delivering it...

  • Opposition Business

    • Agriculture: EU Funding

      51 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 in which to propose and 10 minutes to make a winding-up...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office

    1 speech

    We will start with listed questions. Before I call the Member to ask the first question; in response to points of order that have been raised in recent weeks, I remind Members that, in...

    • Ministerial Code

      10 speeches

      1. Mr Agnew asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister, pursuant to AQO 461/16-21, and his letter to them dated 18 October 2016, whether they are still open to a meeting on expanding the...

    • Racial Equality Legislation

      13 speeches

      2. Mr Sheehan asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on how they plan to strengthen racial equality legislation. (AQO 687/16-21)

      PFG 2016-2021: Consultation Responses

      10 speeches

      3. Ms Bunting asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister for their initial assessment of the responses to the consultation on the Programme for Government 2016-2021. (AQO 688/16-21)

      Brexit: Parliamentary Approval

      16 speeches

      4. Mr McGrath asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether they will present a legal challenge to the United Kingdom Government's appeal to overturn the High Court's decision that...

      Brexit: Ministerial Discussions

      9 speeches

      5. Ms J McCann asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on discussions in relation to leaving the European Union at the recent Joint Ministerial Committee and North/South...

      Charter NI: CEO

      7 speeches

      T1. Mr McNulty asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether the deputy First Minister stands by his call on the Charter NI CEO to stand down. (AQT 496/16-21)

      Fresh Start Agreement: Reconciliation

      4 speeches

      T2. Mr Kearney asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether the deputy First Minister agrees that, given it is 12 months since the Fresh Start Agreement, all political parties and...

      Charter NI: Employability Scheme

      6 speeches

      T3. Mr Beggs asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether, in relation to the Charter NI employability scheme, the deputy First Minister accepts that fewer people on the ground...

      Google Announcement

      4 speeches

      T4. Mr M Bradley asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether, in light of technology giant Google’s announcement last week of plans for a new building in London — a...

      Social Investment Fund

      4 speeches

      As my question involves the social investment fund, I declare an interest as a member of the western steering group.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Economy

    1 speech

    Question 5 has been withdrawn.

    • Broadband: Fermanagh and South Tyrone

      14 speeches

      1. Mr McPhillips asked the Minister for the Economy to outline the discussions his Department is having with broadband and mobile phone providers to increase connectivity in Fermanagh and South...

    • Apprenticeship Levy

      21 speeches

      2. Mrs Long asked the Minister for the Economy for an update on the introduction of the apprenticeship levy. (AQO 702/16-21)

      Student Engagement

      10 speeches

      3. Mr McGlone asked the Minister for the Economy to outline any engagement he has had with the National Union of Students and the Union of Students in Ireland since May 2016. (AQO 703/16-21)

      Electricity Market

      7 speeches

      4. Mr Butler asked the Minister for the Economy for his assessment of the security of supply in the local electricity market. (AQO 704/16-21)

      Universities: Teaching Excellence Framework

      6 speeches

      T1. Ms S Bradley asked the Minister for the Economy to give an absolute guarantee that the teaching excellence framework (TEF) is in no way intended as a link to tuition fee levels in Northern...

      International Trade

      4 speeches

      T3. Mr Stalford asked the Minister for the Economy to outline the steps his Department is taking, as part of an outward-looking economy, to allow Northern Ireland to attract further international...

      Universities: Funding

      4 speeches

      T4. Mr Mullan asked the Minister for the Economy to outline whether our universities will be subject to further budget cuts following the Chancellor's autumn statement and in his own budget for...

      Manufacturing Firms

      4 speeches

      T5. Ms Lockhart asked the Minister for the Economy to join her in welcoming the recent growth announcement by the Upper Bann-based company Almac and to say what support his Department gives to...

      Coleraine Enterprise Zone

      3 speeches

      T6. Mr M Bradley asked the Minister for the Economy for an update on the enterprise zone in Coleraine. (AQT 511/16-21)

  • Question for Urgent Oral Answer

    • Social Investment Fund: Audit

      74 speeches

      Ms Nichola Mallon has given notice of a question for urgent oral answer to the First Minister and deputy First Minister. I remind Members that, if they wish to ask a supplementary question, they...

  • Assembly Business

    • Extension of Sitting

      4 speeches

      I have received notification from members of the Business Committee of a motion to extend the sitting past 7.00 pm under Standing Order 10(3A). Resolved: That, in accordance with Standing Order...

  • Opposition Business

    • Agriculture: EU Funding

      22 speeches

      Debate resumed on motion: That this Assembly notes with concern the risks to multiple streams of funding posed by withdrawal from the European Union; further notes that over 70% of all European...

    • Rural Schools: Draft Strategic Area Plan

      93 speeches

      The Business Committee has agreed to allow up to one hour and 30 minutes for this debate. As two amendments have been selected and are published on the Marshalled List, an additional 15 minutes...

      Poverty and Deprivation

      50 speeches

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

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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