Appointment of Ministers

Assembly Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly on 16th May 2011.

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Photo of William Hay William Hay Speaker

The next item of business is the appointment of Ministers. I will conduct the process for filling those offices in accordance with the procedure set out in section 18 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and Standing Order 44. I will ask the nominating officer of each political party in the order required by the formula contained in section 18(5) to select an available ministerial office and nominate a person to hold it who is a member of his or her party and a Member of the Assembly.

I call on the Rt Hon Peter Robinson, as nominating officer of the political party for which the formula laid down in section 18 gives the highest figure, to select a ministerial office and nominate a person to hold it who is a member of his party and a Member of the Assembly.

Photo of Peter Robinson Peter Robinson DUP

I select the Finance and Personnel portfolio and nominate Mr Sammy Wilson to hold it.

Photo of William Hay William Hay Speaker

Will Mr Wilson confirm that he is willing to take up office and affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office?

Photo of Sammy Wilson Sammy Wilson Shadow Spokesperson (Education), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Treasury)

Yes, Mr Speaker, I am willing to take up the office of Minister of Finance and Personnel, and I affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office as set out in schedule 4 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

Mr Sammy Wilson appointed Minister of Finance and Personnel.

Photo of William Hay William Hay Speaker

I have received a letter from Mr Pat Doherty notifying me that Mr Martin McGuinness will act as nominating officer for today’s business. I call on Mr Martin McGuinness, as acting nominating officer of the political party for which the formula laid down in section 18 gives the highest figure, to select a ministerial office and nominate a person to hold it who is a member of his party and a Member of the Assembly.

Photo of Martin McGuinness Martin McGuinness Sinn Féin

Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. Molaim John O’Dowd mar Aire Oideachais. I nominate John O’Dowd as Minister of Education.

Photo of William Hay William Hay Speaker

Will Mr O’Dowd confirm that he is willing to take up the office and affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office?

Photo of John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin

Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. Glacaim leis an phost d’Aire Oideachais. Yes, I am willing to take up the office of Minister of Education, and I affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office as set out in schedule 4 to the NI Act 1998.

Mr John O’Dowd appointed Minister of Education.

Photo of William Hay William Hay Speaker

I call again on the Rt Hon Peter Robinson to select a ministerial office and nominate a Member to hold it.

Photo of Peter Robinson Peter Robinson DUP

I select the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and nominate Arlene Foster to hold the ministerial office.

Photo of William Hay William Hay Speaker

Will Mrs Foster confirm that she is willing to take up the office and affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office?

Photo of Arlene Foster Arlene Foster DUP

Yes, I am willing to take up the office of Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, and I affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office as set out in schedule 4 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

Mrs Arlene Foster appointed Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

Photo of William Hay William Hay Speaker

I call on Mr Elliott, as nominating officer of the political party for which the formula gives the highest figure, to select a ministerial office and nominate a Member to hold it.

Photo of Tom Elliott Tom Elliott UUP

I select the Department for Regional Development and nominate Mr Danny Kennedy to hold the ministerial office.

Photo of William Hay William Hay Speaker

Will Mr Kennedy confirm that he is willing to take up the office and affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office?

Photo of Danny Kennedy Danny Kennedy UUP

Yes, I am willing to take up the office of Minister for Regional Development, and I affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office as laid out in schedule 4 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

Mr Danny Kennedy appointed Minister for Regional Development.

Photo of William Hay William Hay Speaker

I call again on Mr Martin McGuinness to select a ministerial office and nominate a Member to hold it.

Photo of Martin McGuinness Martin McGuinness Sinn Féin

Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. Molaim Michelle O’Neill mar Aire Talmhaíochta agus Forbartha Tuaithe. I nominate Michelle O’Neill to hold the Agriculture and Rural Development portfolio.

Photo of William Hay William Hay Speaker

Will Michelle O’Neill confirm that she is willing to take up the office and affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office?

Photo of Michelle O'Neill Michelle O'Neill Sinn Féin

Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. Glacaim leis an phost. Yes, I am willing to take up the office of Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, and I affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office as set out in schedule 4 to the NI Act 1998.

Mrs Michelle O’Neill appointed Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Photo of William Hay William Hay Speaker

I call on Ms Margaret Ritchie, as nominating officer of the political party for which the formula gives the highest figure, to select a ministerial office and nominate a Member to hold it.

Photo of William Hay William Hay Speaker

Will Mr Attwood confirm that he is willing to take up the office and affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office?

Photo of Alex Attwood Alex Attwood Social Democratic and Labour Party

Yes, I am willing to take up the office of Minister of the Environment, and I affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office as set out in schedule 4 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

Mr Alex Attwood appointed Minister of the Environment.

Photo of William Hay William Hay Speaker

Once again, I call on the Rt Hon Peter Robinson to select a ministerial office and nominate a Member to hold it.

Photo of Peter Robinson Peter Robinson DUP

I select the Department for Social Development and nominate Nelson McCausland to hold the ministerial office.

Photo of William Hay William Hay Speaker

Will Mr McCausland confirm that he is willing to take up the office and affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office?

Photo of Nelson McCausland Nelson McCausland DUP

Yes, I am willing to take up the office of Minister for Social Development, and I affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office as set out in schedule 4 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

Mr Nelson McCausland appointed Minister for Social Development.

Photo of William Hay William Hay Speaker

Once again, I call on Mr Martin McGuinness to select a ministerial office and nominate a Member to hold it.

Photo of Martin McGuinness Martin McGuinness Sinn Féin

Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. Molaim Carál Ní Chuilín mar Aire Cultúir, Ealaíon agus Fóillíochta. I nominate Carál Ní Chuilín to hold the Culture, Arts and Leisure portfolio.

Photo of William Hay William Hay Speaker

Will Carál Ní Chuilín confirm that she is willing to take up the office and affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office?

Photo of Carál Ní Chuilín Carál Ní Chuilín Sinn Féin

Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. Glacaim leis an phost. Yes, I am willing to take up the office of Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, and I affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office as set out in schedule 4 to the NI Act 1998.

Ms Carál Ní Chuilín appointed Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

Photo of William Hay William Hay Speaker 12:15 pm, 16th May 2011

I call on the Rt Hon Peter Robinson to select a ministerial office and nominate a person to hold it.

Photo of Peter Robinson Peter Robinson DUP

I select the Health, Social Services and Public Safety portfolio, and I nominate Edwin Poots to hold it.

Photo of William Hay William Hay Speaker

Will Mr Poots confirm that he is willing to take up office and affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office?

Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP

Yes, I am willing to take up the office of Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, and I affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office as set out in schedule 4 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

Mr Edwin Poots appointed Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

Photo of William Hay William Hay Speaker

I call on Mr David Ford, as nominating officer of the political party for which the formula gives the highest figure, to select a ministerial office and nominate a Member to hold it.

Photo of David Ford David Ford Alliance

The remaining Department is the Department for Employment and Learning. I have great pleasure in nominating Dr Stephen Farry as Minister.

Photo of William Hay William Hay Speaker

Will Dr Stephen Farry confirm that he is willing to take up office and affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office?

Photo of Stephen Farry Stephen Farry Alliance

Yes, I am willing to take up the office of Minister for Employment and Learning, and I affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office as set out in schedule 4 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

Dr Stephen Farry appointed Minister for Employment and Learning.

Photo of William Hay William Hay Speaker

I thank the House for its patience. That concludes the appointment of Ministers under the d’Hondt process. I offer my congratulations to all Ministers on taking up office.