No Day Named List


Motion TypeMotionTabled DateTablers
Committee Motion Amend Standing Order 23(3)

Proposed: Leave out Standing Order 23(3) and insert – “(3) Any papers or accounts not subject to a requirement to be laid or presented to the Assembly which are deposited in the Assembly Library shall be published in accordance with law.”
22/06/2016Mr G Lyons
Private Members' Motion Abattoir CCTV

That this Assembly notes that a 2014 YouGov poll found that, of those who expressed a view, 87 per cent supported mandatory closed circuit television (CCTV) in slaughterhouses; expresses concern that eight of the nine slaughterhouses secretly filmed by Animal Aid breached the law, a failure rate of 89 per cent; believes that the introduction of compulsory CCTV in slaughterhouses will increase animal protection and allow those caught on film breaking the law to be prosecuted; further notes that plant operators who operate CCTV are keen to demonstrate to Food Standards Agency officials the high standard to which their operatives work; further believes that slaughterhouses in Northern Ireland should follow this best practice; and calls on the Executive to bring forward legislative proposals for the mandatory installation of CCTV in slaughterhouses.
17/05/2016Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Abolition of Rates Cap

That this Assembly notes the disproportionally negative impact the cuts to the budgets of public services are having on the poorest and most vulnerable in society; considers the cap on rates payable on properties valued over £400,000 to be a regressive, unaffordable and unjustified perk for the very wealthiest in society; and calls on the Executive to abolish the cap on rates and reallocate the additional revenue raised to the Health Service.
17/05/2016Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Ban on Hunting with Dogs

That this Assembly acknowledges the inherent cruelty involved in the hunting of wild animals with dogs; rejects claims that this is a form of pest control; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to bring forward legislation that would ban the hunting of wild animals with dogs.
17/05/2016Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Ban on Snares

That this Assembly recognises the enormous suffering caused by the use of snares; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to ban their use.
17/05/2016Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Banning of Animals in Circuses

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to introduce legislation to outlaw the use of animals in circuses in Northern Ireland.
17/05/2016Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Citizen Initiative

That this Assembly calls on the Executive and the Assembly Commission to increase participative democracy in Northern Ireland; and to bring forward proposals for a citizens initiative to enable the public to propose legislation in an area where the Assembly has competence and to trigger a motion for debate by gathering a set level of signatures.
17/05/2016Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Corporation Tax

That this Assembly recognises that reducing corporation tax would introduce further cuts to our already overstretched public services; and calls on the Executive to reject proposals to lower corporation tax relative to the UK.
17/05/2016Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Crown Estate

That this Assembly notes the recommendation made by the Smith Commission that responsibility for the management of the Crown Estate’s economic assets in Scotland, and the revenue generated from these assets, be transferred to the Scottish Parliament; and calls on the Executive to support the transfer of local economic assets which are managed by the Crown Estate, and the revenue generated from these, to the Assembly and Executive.
17/05/2016Mr O McMullan; Mr D McKay
Private Members' Motion House Sales Scheme

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Communities to suspend the House Sales Scheme until such time as a full review into the long term impact of this scheme on the provision of social housing stock has been carried out.
17/05/2016Mr A Maskey; Mr F McCann
Private Members' Motion Independent Environmental Protection Agency

That this Assembly recognises that a high standard of environmental governance is beneficial for the welfare of society; notes that Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK and Ireland which does not have an independent environmental protection agency; concurs with the 2004 Macrory and 2007 Burke reports which recommended the establishment of an independent environmental protection agency; and calls on the Executive to establish a fully independent and well-resourced environmental protection agency which corresponds with the recommendations of these reports.
17/05/2016Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Integrated Education

That this Assembly notes that only around 7 per cent of children currently attend an integrated school; acknowledges the result from the 2012 Northern Ireland Life and Times survey which indicates that 62 per cent of the public in Northern Ireland would prefer to send their children to a mixed religion school; recognises that barriers exist which deter or prevent parents from sending children to attend integrated schools; and calls on the Minister of Education to commission an independent review of the barriers to integrated education, to include recommendations on how greater levels of integration can be achieved.
17/05/2016Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Living Wage Employer

That this Assembly recognises the contribution of all staff who work at the Northern Ireland Assembly; believes in the right of workers to earn a living wage; notes that the living wage has lifted thousands of families out of poverty, reduces staff turnover for employers, promotes a positive and flexible work attitude and increases productivity; and calls on the Assembly Commission to set a positive example and become a living wage employer for all staff, including contracted staff, in line with the accreditation scheme run by the Living Wage Foundation.
17/05/2016Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Named Person for Children

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Health to work collaboratively with the Minister of Education to introduce legislation which would make a named person available for every child in a manner similar to the provisions in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.
17/05/2016Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Northern Ireland Climate Change Legislation

That this Assembly acknowledges the economic opportunities afforded by, inter alia, renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency measures, decentralised energy generation, local food markets and the development and support of public transport; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to introduce urgently legislation to ensure that Northern Ireland contributes its fair share of emissions reductions to help stabilise the world's climate.
17/05/2016Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Removal of Duty to promote the Gas Industry

That this Assembly endorses the full decarbonisation of the energy supply in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the probability of catastrophic impacts from climate change; recognises that the Executive's duty to promote the gas industry is in direct conflict with their aim of decarbonising the energy supply; understands that all public and private sector investment in the gas industry will have a short lifespan and is displacing urgently required investments in energy efficiency measures and renewable energy technology; notes with concern the existence of a statutory duty to promote the gas industry in Clause 5 section 2(a) of The Gas (Northern Ireland) Order 1996; and calls on the Minister for the Economy to remove this statutory duty in the forthcoming Energy Bill.
17/05/2016Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

That this Assembly notes with extreme concern the potential impacts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA); further notes with concern that these trade agreements will give private companies and investors new rights to sue our devolved administration through the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism; is shocked that ISDS disputes will be heard behind closed doors, that a right of appeal will not exist and that unlimited amounts in damages may be awarded; recognises that the threat of litigation will deter this Assembly from passing legislation where doing so has an economic impact on private investors; is concerned that this fundamental reconfiguration of the relationship between state and private investor undermines sovereignty completely and jeopardises democratic politics; and calls on the UK Government to reject TTIP and CETA.
17/05/2016Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Voting Rights

That this Assembly notes the extension of voting rights to people aged sixteen and seventeen years for the referendum on Scottish independence; welcomes the positive impact this had on participatory democracy in Scotland; and calls for the voting age for all future elections and referendums on these islands to be lowered to sixteen.
17/05/2016Mr C Hazzard; Mr D McKay
Private Members' Motion Waste Management

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to introduce legislation to ban the use of polystyrene food and drink containers as a means of increasing environmental protection and improving waste resource management.
17/05/2016Mr C Boylan; Mr I Milne
Private Members' Motion Wealth Inequality in Northern Ireland

That this Assembly notes with concern that inequality in the UK has been rising faster than any other rich nation since the 1970s; notes that the wealth of the top 1 per cent has increased from 1 per cent in 1970 to 14.3 per cent in 2005; recognises that the wealthy have a lower propensity to spend at a time when the economy requires an increase in spending, concurs with the assessments of economists who have identified that more equal societies create healthier, vibrant and more dynamic economies; recognises fairness and equity as key principles in any taxation system; and calls on the Minister of Finance to establish measurements of wealth inequality and to establish a target with the objective of reducing wealth inequality in Northern Ireland.
17/05/2016Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Gender Quotas

That this Assembly is committed to increasing the representation of women in public life; commits to bringing forward legislation to require political parties to introduce gender quotas when selecting candidates for all future local government elections; agrees that a quota of at least 30 per cent female and 30 per cent male representation should be set for the next local government election in 2019, and that this should rise to 40 per cent thereafter; recognises that legislating for gender quotas for Assembly and Westminster elections is an excepted matter; and calls on the Secretary of State to introduce legislation to ensure an increase in female representation in these institutions.
18/05/2016Ms L Dillon; Ms C Ruane
Private Members' Motion Business Recycling

That this Assembly welcomes the good work being done by many local councils to increase the level of household recycling; is concerned that current targets do not apply to businesses; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to introduce legislation for business recycling targets.
19/05/2016Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Flexible School Starting Age

That this Assembly notes that Northern Ireland has one of the lowest compulsory school starting ages in Europe; recognises that this can be a particular disadvantage to some groups of children including those who are young within their academic year, those with additional needs and those who are born prematurely; and calls on the Minister of Education to introduce flexibility in the school starting age.
19/05/2016Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Gender Recognition Act

That this Assembly believes that the Gender Recognition Act 2004 is failing transgender and non-binary people in Northern Ireland; notes the modernisation of the law in other regions, including the Republic of Ireland; and calls on the Minister of Health to bring forward up to date legislation based on self-declaration.
19/05/2016Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Stop the Drill

That this Assembly notes that Woodburn reservoir in Carrickfergus provides water to 1,800 streets; expresses concern that Infrastrata has been granted permitted development to conduct exploratory petroleum drilling at this location using harmful chemicals; believes that such a major development should require an environmental impact assessment and public consultation; acknowledges the recent consultation on permitted development rights for petroleum exploration; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to review urgently the decision to grant permitted development for exploratory drilling in Woodburn Forest with a view to reversing this permission and to amend the law so that petroleum exploration always requires full planning permission.
19/05/2016Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Supermarket Food Waste

That this Assembly notes the high level of food waste from supermarkets; further notes the increase in the use of foodbanks in recent years; believes that the impact of welfare cuts will only exacerbate food poverty; and calls on the Executive to introduce legislation to require supermarkets to offer surplus food to foodbanks and other charities.
19/05/2016Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Article 71 of the Fair Employment and Equal Treatment Order 1998

That this Assembly calls on the Executive to bring forward amending legislation to remove Article 71 of the Fair Employment and Equal Treatment Order 1998.
26/05/2016Mrs S Overend; Mr D Kennedy
Private Members' Motion Licensing Reform

That this Assembly recognises that current licensing legislation does not assist the development of a modern and vibrant economy, including the promotion of Northern Ireland as an international tourism destination; and calls on the Minister for Communities to introduce legislation to reform licensing laws.
26/05/2016Ms C Hanna; Mr P McGlone; Mr C McGrath
Private Members' Motion Numeric Grading for GCSEs

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Education to mirror the change from alphabetic to numeric grading for GCSE exams being introduced in England.
26/05/2016Mrs S Overend; Mr D Kennedy
Private Members' Motion Policy Framework for the Renewable Energy Sector

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for the Economy to publish and consult upon a new bespoke Northern Ireland policy framework for the renewable energy sector.
26/05/2016Mr R Swann; Mr Steve Aiken OBE
Private Members' Motion Review of the Schools Estate

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Education to commission a root and branch review of the ownership, financing and governance of the schools estate.
26/05/2016Mrs S Overend; Mr D Kennedy
Private Members' Motion Review of Tourism Ireland

That this Assembly calls on the Executive to review the cost-effectiveness of Tourism Ireland in promoting Northern Ireland overseas as a tourist destination.
26/05/2016Mr R Swann; Mr Steve Aiken OBE
Private Members' Motion SANDS Awareness Month

That this Assembly notes SANDS awareness month, which runs from 1-30 June 2016, during which many people will choose to turn their social media orange to spread awareness; understands that over 100 babies will die each week over the course of June in the UK, and as many as 20 of those will die in Northern Ireland; recognises and commends the important work that SANDS UK and SANDS Northern Ireland undertake in supporting those affected by baby death and in promoting research in order to reduce the occurrence of deaths during or shortly after birth; and calls on the Minister of Health to outline how her Department, and its arm’s-length bodies, support grieving families and friends after the loss of a baby.
03/06/2016Mr R Hussey; Mrs J Dobson
Private Members' Motion Biodiversity Loss

That this Assembly notes that Northern Ireland is one of the most geologically distinct places in the world with some 20,000 different species; accepts that our wildlife and ecosystems are absolutely essential in sustaining a healthy planet and for delivering essential social and economic benefits; expresses concern at the rate at which local species and habitats are continuing to decline; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to adopt a target to halt biodiversity loss.
06/06/2016Mr H McKee; Mr R Swann
Private Members' Motion Creation of an Animal Cruelty Register

That this Assembly recognises the benefit of local animal welfare organisations and enforcement bodies being able to access information on people convicted of animal cruelty or those disqualified from keeping animals; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to establish a central register of people convicted of animal cruelty
06/06/2016Mr H McKee; Mr R Swann
Private Members' Motion Delays to the Farm Business Improvement Scheme

That this Assembly notes that the Farm Business Improvement Scheme includes a series of measures to improve competitiveness and productivity in farming; further notes that many months after first being announced frustration is growing at the lack of progress of information on the roll-out of the two tiers within the capital investment scheme; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to detail when the final business case will be approved and full details, such as eligible types of investment, will be made available to potential applicants.
06/06/2016Mr H McKee; Mr R Swann
Private Members' Motion Going for Growth Strategy

That this Assembly notes that it has been over two years since the publication of the Going for Growth Strategy; expresses disappointment at the delays and inaction that have dogged the Strategy; further notes that farmers have lost confidence in the Strategy as it developed, given the relative low level of support it offered to producers compared to processors; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to ensure that the imbalance in the Strategy is redressed in favour of local farmers and producers.
06/06/2016Mr H McKee; Mr R Swann
Private Members' Motion Greyhound Racing

That this Assembly recognises the popularity of track racing in Northern Ireland; notes it is currently controlled by the Irish Coursing Club; further notes that the current regulatory framework results in local tracks at Drumbo and the Brandywell finding themselves in the difficult situation of self-regulating; expresses concern at the lack of transparency from the industry in relation to figures on injury statistics and the number of dogs put to sleep; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to introduce a new regulatory framework which includes a new duty on trainers and owners to register every dog, the implementation of a passport tracking scheme which records, on a central database, dogs from birth to death and the collection of injury and Put To Sleep statistics.
06/06/2016Mr H McKee; Mr R Swann
Private Members' Motion Japanese Knotweed

That this Assembly notes that Japanese Knotweed is our most invasive non-native plant which, challengingly, thrives on disturbance; recognises that it causes significant damage to private dwellings, road verges and vacant or derelict land; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to place a duty on public bodies to treat and remove such species on their land and to bring forward a strategy to eradicate Japanese Knotweed in Northern Ireland.
06/06/2016Mr H McKee; Mr R Swann
Private Members' Motion National Parks

That this Assembly notes previous efforts to introduce national parks legislation in Northern Ireland and that the Mournes, the Causeway Coast, the Antrim Glens and the Fermanagh Lakelands have all been identified as areas for designation; accepts that all four areas already have environmental protected status, and that there is significant opposition from local residents to the potential of designated status; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to instead prioritise increasing the tourism and service potential of these areas.
06/06/2016Mr H McKee; Mr R Swann
Private Members' Motion New Export Markets

That this Assembly notes that identifying new export markets is essential to safeguarding the long-term future of the agri-food industry; recognises that there is significant demand in markets beyond the European Union for the standard of high quality food that Northern Ireland produces; further recognises that as international trade is a reserved matter, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs will need to work closely with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on negotiations with potential new markets; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to detail how she is going to capitalise on opportunities for export growth in the USA, Africa, the Middle East and the Far East.
06/06/2016Mr H McKee; Mr R Swann
Private Members' Motion Pork Prices

That this Assembly notes that pig producers in Northern Ireland are being squeezed increasingly by rising costs and a continuing failure by processors to pay a fair price; accepts that this differs to the situation of farmers in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland; recognises that local farmers are struggling to make any margin with many others losing money on every pig produced; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to detail what action she is going to take to ensure processors in Northern Ireland pay a fair price to local producers.
06/06/2016Mr H McKee; Mr R Swann
Private Members' Motion Relocation of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Headquarters to Ballykelly

That this Assembly notes the proposed relocation of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs headquarters to Ballykelly; expresses concern at the proposed level of expenditure on the project in the current budgetary circumstances; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to postpone the project until value for money can be demonstrated and her Department investigates all available options, including reviewing suitable publicly-owned vacant properties, before committing to the construction of new headquarters.
06/06/2016Mr H McKee; Mr R Swann
Private Members' Motion Review of Breed-Specific Legislation

That this Assembly believes that the current implementation of breed-specific legislation is a flawed approach as a dog’s behaviour is more likely to be the result of the way that it has been brought up or trained, rather than simply its genetic makeup; notes that responsible pet ownership is by far the best approach to protecting the public; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to carry out a formal review to explore the benefits of amending or scrapping our breed-specific legislation.
06/06/2016Mr H McKee; Mr R Swann
Private Members' Motion Additional Skills Investment

That this Assembly calls on the Executive to provide additional spending on high level skills of £244m over the next three financial years, with an additional £84m per annum then added to subsequent recurring baselines, to help transform the economy and continue the freeze on tuition fees.
08/06/2016Dr S Farry; Mr C Lyttle; Ms P Bradshaw
Private Members' Motion Coastal Erosion

That this Assembly recognises the risk to life and property due to coastal erosion and inadequate sea defences in some parts of Northern Ireland; further recognises that coastal erosion has caused, and is causing, damage to roads and businesses; calls on the Minister for Infrastructure to complete, as a matter of urgency, a shoreline management and coastal erosion scoping exercise including model tidal surge projections, to identify properties, roads and land at risk and to develop a costed coastal management strategy by December 2016 that will inform budgets and enable a target-driven coastal management work programme to be delivered.
08/06/2016Ms K Armstrong; Mr S Dickson; Dr S Farry
Private Members' Motion Developing Integrated Education

That this Assembly notes that integrated education offers the prospect of a more financially efficient education system, as well as improved educational and social outcomes; believes integrated education provides an opportunity to invest in tackling disadvantage and to develop the potential to retain local provision in the context of rationalisation of existing schools; further believes that, with effect from June 2016, the Executive should commit to ensuring that no integrated school shall be obliged to refuse admission to any applicant, unless that applicant can reasonably be accommodated at a different integrated school; and calls on the Minister of Education to introduce integrated education legislation by the end of January 2017 which would strengthen the requirements on public bodies to develop integrated education and to reform community audits and the criteria for the creation and maintenance of integrated schools.
08/06/2016Mr T Lunn; Mr C Lyttle; Ms K Armstrong
Private Members' Motion EU Referendum

That this Assembly believes that there would be a detrimental impact on Northern Ireland arising from a potential UK exit from the European Union; and supports a ‘Remain’ vote in the referendum on EU membership on 23 June 2016.
08/06/2016Mr S Dickson; Dr S Farry; Mrs N Long
Private Members' Motion Petitions of Concern

That this Assembly believes that the abuse of the Petition of Concern is undermining good governance; further believes that a political agreement should be put in place with immediate effect on a protocol that limits the use of a Petition of Concern to matters of national identity, matters which relate to the legacy of the conflict in Northern Ireland or matters which relate to the constitutional structure and institutions established under the Good Friday Agreement; believes that where a Petition of Concern is tabled, it should state the grounds on which it is being tabled and the nature of the detriment which is perceived as arising from an affirmative vote on the matter; and calls for the negotiation of a political agreement as soon as possible.
08/06/2016Mr D Ford; Mrs N Long; Mr S Dickson
Private Members' Motion Sexual Orientation Strategy

That this Assembly notes the failure of the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister to develop a Sexual Orientation Strategy in the previous mandate, as per its public commitments; believes that the lack of a strategy is contributing to poorer outcomes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender plus people in Northern Ireland; and calls on the Minister for Communities to produce a Sexual Orientation Strategy as one of his first acts in office.
08/06/2016Dr S Farry; Ms P Bradshaw; Mrs N Long
Private Members' Motion Cost of a Divided Society

That this Assembly notes the recent Cost of Division: A benchmark of performance and expenditure report, by Ulster University’s Economic Policy Centre, which indicated that hundreds of millions of pounds are being spent each year maintaining a divided society; calls on Executive Ministers to commission independent consultants, by the end of October 2016, to provide an assessment by March 2017 of the opportunities that lie within each Department to redirect public expenditure away from the costs associated from a divided society and into more efficient programmes and services and how to address the underlying policy environment that creates distortions in public spending; and further calls on each Minister to develop and implement a strategy to address the cost of division within six months of receiving their report.
10/06/2016Dr S Farry; Mr S Dickson; Mr C Lyttle

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