Sorry for the late notice on this, but it is important because it will help to make decisions. I hope that the junior Minister can answer this question. Paragraphs 8 and 9 at clause 1(4) include the term "a Minister". Can the junior Minister confirm that, where it says "a Minister", it refers only to the Minister for Infrastructure and does not extend to any Minister in the Executive?
Thank you, Mr Temporary Speaker. It is necessary to clarify the circumstances in which a Minister is required to refer a matter to the Executive, where that matter may be cross-cutting, significant or controversial. However, I must add that that does not affect the integrity of the planning process or the nature or quality of the decisions that would be taken under it. It is about who takes the decisions.
"the Department for Infrastructure or the Minister in charge of that Department" to take certain decisions under the Planning Act:
"without recourse to the Executive Committee."
However, there is a caveat to be entered under clause 1(8), which qualifies section 20(3) of the Act in respect of cross-cutting matters to provide that a Minister is not required to have recourse to the Executive Committee unless a matter affects the exercise of one or more other Ministers "more than incidentally". I hope that that provides some clarification to the Member.
Mr Beattie indicated in a point of order that he had concerns about the procedures. Mr Kearney has given a very full and detailed response to the point. I understand that Mr Beattie is content with that explanation. That being the case, can we move on?
Question put, That the clause stand part of the Bill.
The Question will be put again in three minutes. I remind Members that we should continue to uphold the social-distancing measures and that Members who have proxy voting arrangements in place should not come into the Chamber.
Before I put the Question again, I remind Members that, if possible, it would be preferable to avoid a Division.
Question put a second time.