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Motion TypeMotionTabled DateTablers
Committee Motion Prayer of Annulment: The Provision of Healthcare Services to Persons Not Ordinarily Resident (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019 (SR 2019/42)

That the Provision of Healthcare Services to Persons Not Ordinarily Resident (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019 (SR 2019/42) be annulled.
13/02/2020Mr Colm Gildernew
Executive Motion The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

That the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 be approved.
03/04/2020Minister of Health
Private Members' Motion Bullying of LGBT Pupils in Schools

That this Assembly notes with concern the levels of bullying, self-harm and suicide that exist within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community; welcomes the Addressing Bullying in Schools Bill, as introduced by the former Minister of Education Mr John O'Dowd; and calls on the Minister of Education to outline his Department's strategy for enhancing the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pupils.
15/03/2017Ms Linda Dillon; Ms Órlaithí Flynn
Private Members' Motion Contribution of the Hill Farming Community

That this Assembly recognises the vital contribution the hill farming community makes to the agri-food industry; further recognises the invaluable role it plays in maintaining the environment; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to give confidence and reassurance to the hill farming community that it will be treated equally to all other sectors of farming with regard to future funding for the agriculture industry.
15/03/2017Mr Declan McAleer; Dr Caoimhe Archibald
Private Members' Motion GPs in the Community

That this Assembly recognises the increasing workload and pressures facing general practitioners; commends the work of general practitioners in the community; recognises the vital role of primary care as part of a sustainable health care system; and calls on the Minister of Health to continue to engage with general practitioners to ensure the adequate provision of primary care services.
15/03/2017Mr Fra McCann
Private Members' Motion Political Donations

That this Assembly recognises the importance of public scrutiny of elected representatives; further recognises that an important aspect of this scrutiny is knowledge of who donates to political parties; and calls on the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to require the Electoral Commission to publish donations to political parties over £500.00.
15/03/2017Ms Clare Bailey
Private Members' Motion Royal Navy Engagement with the Local Fishing Fleet

That this Assembly recognises the dangers faced by the local fishing fleet in carrying out its work; notes the recent report by the Marine Accident Investigations Branch into the near-fatal contact between a Royal Navy submarine and the fishing vessel Karen in the Irish Sea in 2015; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to liaise with the Ministry of Defence to ensure that all the relevant protocols in place are adhered to, and that the Royal Navy engages with the fishing fleet to build trust with the industry.
15/03/2017Dr Caoimhe Archibald; Mr Declan McAleer
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.
15/03/2017Ms Jemma Dolan; Ms Sinéad Ennis
Private Members' Motion Cybercrime

That this Assembly recognises that the increasing reliance on digital technologies can make us more vulnerable to those who seek to exploit this reliance for malicious purposes; welcomes the launch of the Scamwise NI Partnership which highlights the risks and sets out actions to stop these scams; and calls on the Minister of Justice to draft a strategy for cyber resilience.
16/03/2017Mr Mark Durkan; Mr Colin McGrath
Private Members' Motion Reduction in the Voting Age

That this Assembly calls for the voting age in future elections to be reduced to 16 years.
16/03/2017Mr Colin McGrath
Private Members' Motion Youth Assembly

That this Assembly calls for the establishment of a Youth Assembly similar to the UK Youth Parliament.
16/03/2017Mr Colin McGrath; Mr Mark Durkan
Private Members' Motion Community Transport

This Assembly notes the report published recently by The Detail outlining the contribution of community transport and detailing the funding crisis faced by the sector; recognises the vital role played by community transport in alleviating isolation and loneliness, and in ensuring people in rural areas and the most vulnerable get to work, day care opportunities, GP appointments, hospital treatment, thus enabling them to undertake day-to-day activities that most of us take for granted; and calls on the Minister for Infrastructure to review urgently the level of funding for community transport provided by the Department and to bring forward proposals to properly fund this vital service.
21/03/2017Mr Colin McGrath; Mr Daniel McCrossan
Private Members' Motion Homelessness

That this Assembly calls on the Executive to commit to ending homelessness by 2025.
21/03/2017Ms Nichola Mallon; Ms Sinéad Bradley; Mr Colin McGrath
Private Members' Motion IVF

That this Assembly recognises the anguish facing people who have difficulties conceiving children; further recognises that the Department of Health has endorsed the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence clinical guideline entitled Fertility problems: assessment and treatment (CG156); and calls on the Minister of Health to implement this clinical guideline, thus giving eligible families the opportunity to receive the three full cycles of IVF available under the guidance.
21/03/2017Ms Nichola Mallon; Mr Mark Durkan; Mr Colin McGrath
Private Members' Motion Violence Against Women

That this Assembly is opposed to violence against women; endorses the White Ribbon Campaign; and calls on the British government and the Executive to ratify the Istanbul Convention, the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, in legislation.
21/03/2017Mrs Dolores Kelly; Mr Colin McGrath
Private Members' Motion In Vitro Fertilisation

That this Assembly recognises the emotional and financial stress couples are faced with when dealing with fertility issues; and calls on the Minister of Health to put in place appropriate plans to provide three cycles of IVF, as recommended in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines.
26/04/2017Ms Kellie Armstrong; Ms Paula Bradshaw
Private Members' Motion Adults with Learning Disabilities and Autism

That this Assembly recognises the increasing number of adults with learning disabilities and autism in Northern Ireland; and calls on the Minister of Health, the Minister for the Economy, the Minister of Education, the Minister for Communities and the Minister for Infrastructure to create an collaborative Adults with Learning Disability Strategy and Action Plan to ensure that appropriate programmes of care, transport, housing, access to services, health and lifelong learning will be provided to ensure that all adults with learning disabilities and autism can have an active and inclusive life in society.
02/05/2017Ms Kellie Armstrong; Mr Chris Lyttle
Private Members' Motion Miscarriage Care Pathway and Database

That this Assembly recognises the high number of miscarriages that occur in Northern Ireland every year; calls on the Minister of Health to develop a register and database for miscarriages diagnosed in hospital, in community health settings and for miscarriages that happen at home; further calls on the Minister to establish a miscarriage research fellowship to take forward a comprehensive, standardised bereavement care pathway for the Health and Social Care Trusts; and calls for the creation of a national day of mourning on 15 October to remember all miscarriages and to mark Baby Loss Awareness Day.
09/05/2017Ms Kellie Armstrong; Mr Stewart Dickson
Private Members' Motion Road Safety Issues for School-aged Children

That this Assembly recognises the ongoing road safety issues for school-aged children; calls on the Minister for Infrastructure and the Minister of Education to work collaboratively and examine home to school journeys to establish a comprehensive safe travel strategy and action plan that considers the walk to and from school bus collection points; further calls for the introduction of legislation prohibiting vehicles from overtaking school buses when pupils are boarding or alighting; calls for a ban on parking on the road within 30 meters of school gates; and further calls for a 20mph speed limit on roads outside schools.
24/05/2017Ms Kellie Armstrong; Mr Chris Lyttle
Private Members' Motion Mother and Baby Homes

That this Assembly supports Amnesty International’s call for the Executive to set up a human rights-compliant public inquiry into allegations of forced labour, arbitrary detention, ill treatment and the illegal adoption of babies in former Mother and Baby Homes.
16/06/2017Ms Paula Bradshaw
Private Members' Motion Two-Child Exception Clause - Rape Clause

That this Assembly is opposed fundamentally to the UK Government’s imposition of the two-child limit on Child Tax Credit, Universal Credit and Income Support payments; condemns utterly the disgraceful and repugnant rape clause exception, which will force victims of rape seeking to claim child tax credits for a third or subsequent child, that the child was born as a result of non-consensual sex; believes this policy to be unfair, unequal, morally unacceptable, deeply harmful to women and their children and a fundamental violation of women’s human rights; notes the particular circumstances of Northern Ireland with regard to the lack of availability of impartial advice on the options open to women facing crisis pregnancies; and calls for the formation of an Executive to demand that the UK Government overturns this policy or, in the absence of an Executive, for the UK Government to allow this policy to be overturned in Northern Ireland without being deemed a breach of the principle of parity in matters of social security.
25/09/2017Ms Paula Bradshaw
Private Members' Motion The Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland

That this Assembly has lost confidence in Michael Maguire as the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland and calls on him to resign.
29/01/2018Mr Jim Allister; Mr Doug Beattie; Dr Steve Aiken; Mr Roy Beggs; Mr Alan Chambers; Mr Jim Wells; Mr Thomas Buchanan
Private Members' Motion Hyponatraemia-related Deaths - Statutory Duty of Candour

That this Assembly welcomes Mr Justice O'Hara's report entitled The Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-related Deaths; praises the perseverance and endurance of the bereaved parents in their search for truth and justice; notes the Department of Health announcement on 2 February 2018 that a dedicated team will be established to develop a detailed action plan in response to the 96 recommendations made in Mr Justice O'Hara's report; acknowledges Mr Justice O'Hara's first recommendation that a statutory duty of candour be enacted; and calls on the Minister of Health to legislate for a statutory duty of candour.
13/02/2018Mr Pat Sheehan; Mr Colm Gildernew; Ms Órlaithí Flynn; Ms Catherine Kelly
Private Members' Motion Premature Babies

That this Assembly recognises the emotional and financial burden placed on parents caring for premature babies; and calls on the UK Government to extend statutory maternity and paternity leave and maternity benefit for mothers and fathers of babies born prematurely by the length of time between the actual delivery date of the baby and either the date the baby would have been delivered if full term or the date of the baby leaving hospital, whichever is later.
28/02/2018Ms Kellie Armstrong; Mr Stewart Dickson
Private Members' Motion An Exhibition Space in Parliament Buildings

That this Assembly calls on the Assembly Commission to arrange for an exhibition space in Parliament Buildings where artwork and artefacts presently in storage could be put on permanent display.
11/05/2018Mr Jim Allister
Private Members' Motion True Cost of Care

That this Assembly welcomes the recent report, entitled Power to People: Proposals to Reboot Adult Care and Support in NI, by Des Kelly and John Kennedy; commends the former Minister of Health for commissioning the report; recognises the contribution from all sectors to the development of the report; and calls on the Minister of Health to develop a true cost-of-care analysis as a starting piece to developing work on the report.
11/06/2018Mr Colm Gildernew; Ms Órlaithí Flynn; Mr Pat Sheehan
Private Members' Motion United Kingdom Supreme Court decision on Lee v Ashers Baking Co. Ltd

That this Assembly welcomes the unanimous decision of the United Kingdom Supreme Court in Lee v Ashers Baking Co. Ltd; notes the large public expenditure by the Equality Commission in support of the respondent and the flawed judgement of the Commission which has led to substantial loss of confidence in the Commission by many in the Christian community; and calls on the Chief Commissioner to resign.
10/10/2018Mr Jim Allister; Mr Jim Wells; Mr Thomas Buchanan
Private Members' Motion Mobility as a Service Strategy

That this Assembly is committed to taking a more active role in the facilitation and development of an overall Mobility as a Service (Maas) strategy; and calls on the Minister for Infrastructure to work with the Department of Health and the Department for the Economy to ensure that MaaS is considered in the development of suitable legislation and policy objectives, and that MaaS evolves in ways that support the delivery of government’s societal and environmental policies.
09/01/2019Ms Kellie Armstrong; Mr John Blair
Private Members' Motion Coastal Erosion

That this Assembly notes the Baseline Study and Gap Analysis of Coastal Erosion Risk Management NI report; welcomes the report's priorities, which are to bring the understanding of coastal erosion in Northern Ireland to a level which is equivalent with the rest of the United Kingdom, to improve coastal erosion baseline for Northern Ireland, the delivery of a coordinated monitoring programme on coastal change, and collating, managing and making accessible key information and development of evolving robust coastal erosion vulnerability mapping; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to take lead responsibility and work collaborately with the Minister for Infrastructure to update the Bateman Formula and to bring forward legislation to reflect these priorities.
06/02/2019Ms Kellie Armstrong; Mr John Blair
Private Members' Motion Maternity Strategy

That this Assembly calls on the Department of Health to conduct a review of maternity services to produce a new maternity strategy that should explore models that support continuity of care across antenatal, birth, and postnatal services for women; and calls for a joined-up and integrated approach with other public health strategies to ensure the Department of Health is working together with its partners to improve outcomes for women and their babies.
10/10/2019Ms Kellie Armstrong; Ms Paula Bradshaw
Private Members' Motion Centenary of the Establishment of Northern Ireland

That this Assembly instructs the Speaker to invite Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to visit Parliament Buildings and address the Assembly to mark the centenary of the establishment of Northern Ireland and the first sitting of the Northern Ireland Parliament.
11/01/2020Mr Jim Allister; Mr Jim Wells; Dr Steve Aiken; Mr Roy Beggs; Mr Alan Chambers; Mrs Rosemary Barton
Private Members' Motion Withdrawal from the EU

That this Assembly notes the concerns raised by cross-sectoral business leaders on potential barriers to trade and costs to consumers in Northern Ireland arising from the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20 (the Bill); further notes the cross-party support for amendments to the Bill arising from those concerns; and calls on the UK Government, in pursuance of Article 6.2 of the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland (the Protocol), to ensure unfettered access to Great Britain for businesses in Northern Ireland without tariffs, origin requirements, regulatory controls, dual authorisations or discrimination in the market, to ensure that enough time is provided for scrutiny by the Northern Ireland Assembly of any legislative text, including Statutory Instruments, that is intended to put this commitment into legislation, to publish an assessment at least every 12 months of the economic impact on businesses and consumers arising from the Protocol, which must include an analysis of the impact of any actual or proposed regulatory or trade policy divergence from EU law and regulations on Northern Ireland's position in the UK internal market, to publish an assessment at least every 12 months of the environmental impact arising from any divergence from EU law and regulations, to develop a mitigation package of funding and regulations to enable Northern Ireland consumers and businesses to negate the detrimental effects arising from the Protocol, and to ensure any future trade agreement has the support of the devolved administrations through a Legislative Consent Motion.
17/01/2020Mr Matthew O'Toole; Ms Sinead McLaughlin; Ms Kellie Armstrong; Ms Clare Bailey; Miss Rachel Woods; Dr Steve Aiken
Private Members' Motion Childcare for All

That this Assembly recognises the detrimental impact of expensive childcare costs for many parents, a problem deepened by the lack of public childcare facilities; calls for the immediate extension locally of the 30 hour free childcare provisions provided for preschool children in England, in a way which understands and addresses the flexibility required by parents and carers here; and further calls on the Minister for Education, alongside the Executive, to develop a review into the creation of a publicly owned national childcare agency aimed at ensuring free childcare for all who need it.
20/01/2020Mr Gerry Carroll
Private Members' Motion Corporation Tax

This Assembly believes that a reduction in the rate of corporation tax will have a negative impact on public finances by removing funds from the block grant and further facilitating race to the bottom style economics; and opposes any attempts to lower the rate of corporation tax.
20/01/2020Mr Gerry Carroll
Private Members' Motion Outsourcing of Benefits Systems

That this Assembly notes the widespread condemnation of the process of assessing Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payment claims; further notes the many issues highlighted by people who have gone through the process or who work to assist claimants; recognises that this process is carried out by private, outsourced organisations such as Capita and Atos, who should have no role in the assessment process; and calls on the Minister for Communities to bring these services fully in house and under public control.
20/01/2020Mr Gerry Carroll
Private Members' Motion Period Poverty

That this Assembly notes with concern the growing problem of period poverty; further notes that studies show that one in ten teenage girls has, at some point, been unable to afford sanitary products, and that people with medical conditions or naturally occurring heavier periods are at greater risk; acknowledges that the central cause is the wider societal issue of poverty; recognises the United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution 33/10 which states that sanitation is essential for the full enjoyment of the right to life and all other human rights; and resolves to ensure that free sanitary items are available in all government and public buildings, in order to alleviate the burden on women who struggle month to month.
20/01/2020Mr Gerry Carroll
Private Members' Motion Tuition Fees

That this Assembly recognises the important contribution higher education institutions make to the local economy; believes that a strong education system that is accessible, properly funded and lifelong is key to addressing major issues within the local economy; notes that there is a mental health crisis amongst students, with 78 per cent of students having mental health worries at university or college; further notes that according to a NUS-USI mental health survey financial concerns are one of the major drivers behind poor mental health amongst students with 70 per cent worried about future levels of debt; and calls on the Minister for the Economy to listen to the demand of representative bodies of students and academic staff and rule out increasing tuition fees and plunging students further into debt.
20/01/2020Mr Gerry Carroll
Private Members' Motion World Cancer Day 2020

That this Assembly recognises that cancer is Northern Ireland’s number one killer; further recognises that health care staff in Northern Ireland work extremely hard to support cancer patients throughout their journey; recognises the work undertaken on a new cancer strategy for Northern Ireland; looks forward to the implementation of the strategy recommendations; and supports World Cancer Day 2020.
20/01/2020Ms Paula Bradshaw; Mr Andrew Muir
Private Members' Motion Terminal Illness

That this Assembly welcomes the recommendation in the recently published review by Walter Rader that the six month life expectancy criteria be removed from the terminal illness rule; notes the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Terminal Illness Inquiry; and calls on the Minister for Communities to immediately bring forward legislation to remove the six month rule, provide guidance to health professionals and adopt a fairer definition of terminal illness.
22/01/2020Ms Kellie Armstrong; Ms Paula Bradshaw
Private Members' Motion Farming and the Future Trading Deal

That this Assembly recognises the significant uncertainty faced by family farms and the wider agri-food industry as a result of our exit from the European Union; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, working with Executive colleagues, to protect farm incomes and the agri-food industry in future negotiations and policies.
28/01/2020Mr Declan McAleer; Ms Emma Sheerin; Mr Philip McGuigan
Private Members' Motion Small Independent Brewers in Northern Ireland

That this Assembly recognises the contribution made to the local economy by small independent brewers; notes the disadvantage they face due to the current inability to sell their products directly; and calls on the Minister for Communities to reform, urgently, the outdated licensing laws hindering the industry.
29/01/2020Mr John Stewart; Mr Doug Beattie
Private Members' Motion Fair Employment and Treatment in Education

That this Assembly calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to repeal Article 71 of The Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 and to work with the Department of Education to revise the policy and issue new guidance to reflect these legislative changes.
30/01/2020Mr Chris Lyttle; Ms Kellie Armstrong
Private Members' Motion Mental Health and Wellbeing in Primary and Post-Primary Education

That this Assembly recognises the importance of addressing wellbeing and resilience in both primary and post-primary education; notes the need for raising awareness of mental health as part of the curriculum; acknowledges that available research highlights pupils suffering poor mental health are more likely to talk to a peer rather than a teacher; and calls on the Minister of Education to review urgently the curriculum to ensure it supports young people in monitoring and maintaining their mental health, and to develop a peer-to-peer mentoring and support network in schools.
30/01/2020Mr Mike Nesbitt; Mr Robbie Butler
Private Members' Motion A5 Western Transport Corridor Scheme

That this Assembly recognises the strategic importance of advancing the A5 Western Transport Corridor scheme; further recognises that the scheme will reduce deaths on our roads, increase investment and connectivity in the North West; notes the extreme frustration of the general public caused by constant delays to the scheme; and calls on the Minister for Infrastructure to work with her counterpart in the Irish Government to advance the scheme as soon as practically possible.
03/02/2020Mr Daniel McCrossan
Private Members' Motion Animal Cruelty Register

That this Assembly notes the increase in convictions for animal welfare offences; further notes the increase in the number of animals being seized by the Police Service of Northern Ireland as a result of reports of cruelty; calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the Minister of Justice to introduce an animal cruelty register, which offenders should be compelled to sign; and further calls on both Ministers to work with the British and Irish Governments to introduce an all-island animal cruelty register.
03/02/2020Mr John Dallat
Private Members' Motion Legacy Mechanisms

That this Assembly supports all innocent victims of the Troubles; recognises that the Historical Investigations Unit fails the Government`s own test to deliver legacy arrangements which are balanced, fair, equitable and proportionate, and should be abandoned; and calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to write to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland asking him to reconsider both the Stormont House Agreement legacy provisions and the commitments in New Decade, New Approach to publish and introduce legislation in the UK Parliament within 100 days to implement the Stormont House Agreement.
03/02/2020Mr Doug Beattie; Dr Steve Aiken; Mr Mike Nesbitt
Private Members' Motion Protection of the NHS

That this Assembly recognises that the NHS is our greatest asset; further recognises that people deeply value access to universal health care; and calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to write to the British Prime Minister setting out opposition to any attempt to privatise our health service in any trade deal.
03/02/2020Ms Sinéad Bradley
Private Members' Motion Reduction of the Voting Age to 16 Years

That this Assembly notes the recent moves to reduce the voting age to 16 years for local government elections in Scotland and Wales; commends the Scottish and Welsh Governments for enhancing democratic accountability and engagement with the democratic process; and mandates the First Minister and deputy First Minister to make representations to the Secretary of State to call for the devolution of powers to alter the franchise for local elections.
03/02/2020Mr Colin McGrath
Private Members' Motion Speed Limit Outside Schools

That this Assembly welcomes the Minister for Infrastructure’s commitment to active travel and public transport policies as a means of tackling the climate crisis and improving public health; recognises the action taken by the Department for Infrastructure to reduce speed limits outside a number of schools in urban areas; and calls on the Minister to give consideration to restricting speed limits to 20 miles per hour outside all schools in order to enhance safety and protect children.
03/02/2020Mr John Dallat; Mrs Dolores Kelly
Private Members' Motion The Criminal Finances Act 2017

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Justice to introduce the provisions contained in the Criminal Finances Act 2017 to Northern Ireland, starting with Unexplained Wealth Orders, to assist law enforcement agency investigations into criminality.
03/02/2020Mr Paul Givan; Mr Mervyn Storey
Private Members' Motion Unregulated Car Washes

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Justice to an undertake an investigation into all aspects of unregulated car washes, including human trafficking, employee contracts and wages, planning, environmental concerns and health and safety, and that the report be undertaken and produced by experienced staff from all relevant statutory bodies.
03/02/2020Mr Robin Newton; Mr Gordon Dunne
Private Members' Motion Youth Assembly

That this Assembly recognises the invaluable contribution that young people have to make to our society; expresses its desire to enhance engagement with the democratic process; and calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to bring forward proposals for a Northern Ireland Youth Assembly.
03/02/2020Mr Colin McGrath; Mr Daniel McCrossan
Private Members' Motion Minibus Licenses

That this Assembly notes that updated guidance on driver licensing requirements for minibuses was issued by the Department for Infrastructure on 12 April 2018; further notes that this guidance fundamentally changes how people with grandfather driver licensing rights exercise those rights; notes that as a consequence of the updated guidance people here with grandfather rights are treated differently to people with the same rights in England, Scotland and Wales and that this change has been detrimental to the functions of schools, churches, charities and third sector organisations that seek to operate community transport; and calls on the Minister for Infrastructure to immediately review the guidance issued on 12 April 2018 and to confirm that people with grandfather rights here will be treated the same as people who hold grandfather rights in England Scotland and Wales.
06/02/2020Mr Seán Lynch; Mr Cathal Boylan
Private Members' Motion Regional Balance

That this Assembly acknowledges the stark regional disparities due to decades of under-investment west of the Bann and particularly in the North West; notes that New Decade, New Approach states that a top priority of the Executive will be to develop a regionally-balanced economy with opportunities for all; further notes the principles in New Decade, New Approach that the Programme for Government will reflect an outcomes-based approach to secure sustained improvement in well-being and economic growth, and that investment will be delivered at regional and sub-regional level on the basis of objective need in order to drive inclusive growth; further acknowledges that the key to delivering regional balance will be appropriate and effective measures to include employment rate by council area; acknowledges that the development and expansion of the Magee campus of Ulster University as committed to in New Decade, New Approach is vital as a driver for investment and the economic development of the North West; and calls on the Minister for the Economy to bring forward the proposals for new Economic/Industrial Strategy and the new Investment Strategy, and to commit to ensuring that these strategies will deliver on the above-mentioned priorities.
06/02/2020Dr Caoimhe Archibald; Mr John O'Dowd; Ms Karen Mullan; Ms Martina Anderson
Private Members' Motion Paul Quinn

That this Assembly commends the family of the late Paul Quinn for their tenacity and courage in defending his reputation and in the pursuit of the truth in respect of his murder; deplores the behaviour of the Minister of Finance towards the family in making and persisting for years in false allegations; and calls on the Minister to consider his position.
07/02/2020Mr Jim Allister
Private Members' Motion Ending the Defence of Reasonable Chastisement

That this Assembly recognises that children should have equal protection under the law, including protection against common assault; recognises the cross-cutting nature of the current legislation concerning the protection of children; and calls on the Executive to agree to end the defence of reasonable chastisement by introducing legislation to remove it from the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 and any relevant subsequent legislation.
10/02/2020Mr Chris Lyttle; Ms Kellie Armstrong
Private Members' Motion Five Week Wait for Universal Credit

That this Assembly notes with concern the negative impact on claimants of the five week wait for the initial payment of Universal Credit; supports payment flexibility; and calls on the Minister for Communities to engage with the Department for Work and Pensions to amend the current payment schedule so that the first payment, covering the first half-monthly amount, is paid no later than three weeks after the initial claim.
11/02/2020Miss Rachel Woods; Mr Andy Allen
Private Members' Motion Land Management Strategy

That this Assembly recognises the contribution of farm businesses to Northern Ireland’s economy; notes the uncertainty that withdrawal from the European Union has created for local farmers; further notes the impact that manure storage, handling and spreading has on air quality and higher levels of particulate sulphate and nitrate matter; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to bring forward a land management strategy that incentivises public goods such as flood plain management, carbon sequestration and air quality improvement.
11/02/2020Mr John Dallat
Private Members' Motion Flooded Farms in the Sperrins

That this Assembly recognises the devastation caused to farms in the Sperrins by severe flooding in August 2017; notes that farm businesses in Inishowen that were impacted by the same floods received funding under de minimis rules from the Irish Government; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to introduce hardship funding for farmers affected by flooding in the Sperrins.
14/02/2020Mr Declan McAleer; Dr Caoimhe Archibald; Ms Emma Sheerin
Private Members' Motion Safety of the A1 Dual Carrigeway

That this Assembly recognises the inadequacy of the current condition of the A1 dual carriageway in terms of road safety; is concerned about the frequency of accidents occurring at the gap junctions; understands the frustration felt by the public about the lack of action taken to address this significant deficit in road safety; and calls on the Minister for Infrastructure, once the public inquiry is complete, to progress urgently to the A1 Junctions Phase 2 Road Improvement Scheme.
14/02/2020Ms Liz Kimmins; Mr John O'Dowd; Mr Cathal Boylan; Ms Martina Anderson
Private Members' Motion Community Bus Permit

That this Assembly recognises the importance of community transport for addressing social isolation, decreasing dependence on private vehicles and providing equal access to vital opportunities and services; notes the increased frustration among the public with ongoing financial constraints, as well as a desire to improve transport services; and calls for the Department of Infrastructure to introduce a permit, similar to that in England, which allows permitted organisations to provide public transport by way of a local registered bus route, and to operate vehicles to provide a community bus service, without a view to profit.
17/02/2020Mr Seán Lynch; Mr Cathal Boylan; Ms Liz Kimmins; Ms Martina Anderson
Private Members' Motion Integrated Delivery of Department for Infrastructure Services

That this Assembly recognises the effects of a constrained budgetary environment on the Department for Infrastructure’s ability to deliver a number of key services such as grass cutting, street lighting repairs and gritting; further recognises the increasing public frustration with this situation; and calls on the Minister for Infrastructure to conduct a pilot, in cooperation with local councils and the Housing Executive, to identify potential areas for the delivery of these key services in an integrated, more efficient and effective manner.
17/02/2020Mr Cathal Boylan; Ms Martina Anderson; Ms Liz Kimmins
Private Members' Motion Loneliness and Isolation Strategy

That this Assembly recognises the impact that loneliness and social isolation can have on a person’s physical and mental health; and calls on the Minister for Communities to explore development of a loneliness and social isolation strategy for Northern Ireland, underpinned by the necessary funding.
25/02/2020Ms Sinéad Bradley; Mr Mark Durkan; Mrs Dolores Kelly; Mr Justin McNulty
Private Members' Motion Climate Crisis

That this Assembly recognises the threat of climate crisis to the global population and biodiversity; notes the particularly detrimental impact that the burning of fossil fuels has on the rate of carbon emissions and air pollution; further recognises that fracking, as a method of fossil fuel extraction, is deeply unpopular, unnecessary, and unsafe for the environment and our communities; and calls on the Minister for the Economy not to grant future licenses for onshore or offshore fracking.
26/02/2020Mr Gerry Carroll
Private Members' Motion Referenda on Clauses 8 and 9 of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill 2019

That this Assembly notes with concern that clauses 8 and 9 of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill 2019 were passed with minimal Parliamentary scrutiny and and no consultation whatsoever with the Northern Ireland electorate; further notes that these clauses represent major social policy changes which should only have been considered after extensive consultation; and calls for referenda to be held on Clauses 8 and 9 to give the people of Northern Ireland an opportunity to express their opinion on this fundamental change in the status of marriage and the life of the unborn child.
28/02/2020Mr Jim Wells
Private Members' Motion Illegal Landfill at Mobuoy Road (revised wording)

This Assembly recognises the Mobuoy dump site as an environmental disaster and, as one of the largest illegal dump sites in Europe, is a stain on our environmental record; calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to establish, within this calendar year, an independent public inquiry into the illegal dump at Mobuoy the remit of which should include planning and environmental policy failures, waste crime, the economic and social impact on the local community, and the impact on the local environment; and further calls on the Minister to produce and lay before the Assembly, within two months, a written report detailing the regulatory, governance and legal reforms implemented following the publication of the Mills Review as well as publishing a statement on the actions taken by his Department to secure the necessary finance and the resources required to clear and restore the site within a reasonable timescale.
03/03/2020Ms Martina Anderson; Ms Karen Mullan; Mr Philip McGuigan; Mr Declan McAleer
Private Members' Motion Updating Fair Employment Legislation

That this Assembly acknowledges the diversity of society and the outdated binary definition of community background currently used when gathering monitoring data; and calls on the Executive Office to work with the Minister of Finance to review and update the Fair Employment (Monitoring) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 to include monitoring of the workforce using the groups identified in Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.
03/03/2020Ms Kellie Armstrong
Private Members' Motion Academic Freedom

That this Assembly supports the principle of academic freedom; affirms its commitment to the right of all academic staff to question, test, and to put forward ideas; and calls on the Minister for the Economy to reiterate that legitimate inquiry, scholarship and the ability of all academic staff, of Queen's University, Belfast and other academic institutions, to conduct research, teach, speak, and publish without interference, must be protected and maintained.
05/03/2020Dr Caoimhe Archibald; Mr John O'Dowd; Ms Martina Anderson
Private Members' Motion Coronavirus Relief Fund

That this Assembly recognises the significant financial pressure that low paid workers, people in precarious employment, people employed on zero-hour contracts, and micro and small businesses will face if they or their staff have to self-isolate as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19); and calls on the Executive to engage with the British Government to determine how to provide financial assistance for those workers and their families affected by coronavirus, and to ensure that they are able to access sickness or other relevant payments.
05/03/2020Mr John O'Dowd; Dr Caoimhe Archibald; Ms Jemma Dolan; Mr Colm Gildernew
Private Members' Motion Citizens' Rights after EU Exit

That this Assembly acknowledges the obligations and commitments set out in the Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement, entitled Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; and calls on the Executive to ensure that arrangements are put in place to secure and level up to European standards on citizens’ rights, opportunities and benefits in the context of the future relationship with the European Union.
09/03/2020Dr Caoimhe Archibald; Mr Declan McAleer; Ms Martina Anderson; Ms Jemma Dolan
Private Members' Motion Housing Waiting List

That this Assembly declares that the increasing number of people on the housing waiting list constitutes an emergency; notes that a substantial number of those on the waiting list are in housing stress or assessed as homeless; apologises to the public for the failure to restore devolution to deal with this crisis sooner; calls on the Executive to bring forward a strategy for the release of appropriate public land and investment in infrastructure to allow a programme of new build social and affordable housing to begin; and further calls on the Minister for Communities to set, and implement urgently, a radically ambitious target for new build housing in line with New Decade, New Approach.
10/03/2020Mr Mark Durkan; Mrs Dolores Kelly
Private Members' Motion Northern Ireland Centenary

That this Assembly notes the centenary in 2021 of the foundation of Northern Ireland; further notes the Executive and Government commitment to celebrate the centenary as part of New Decade, New Approach; and calls for a significant programme to celebrate the establishment of Northern Ireland, including a one-off public holiday on 5 May 2021, recognition of all centenarians that have lived through the first 100 years with a £1000 gift, a baby box for each child born in 2021, and the promotion of the best of Northern Ireland.
10/03/2020Mr Jonathan Buckley; Mr Paul Givan
Private Members' Motion Work Life Balance

That this Assembly recognises the demanding nature of today’s labour market and the impact that this has on the quality of life of workers and their families; acknowledges that workers and families need adequate balance between work and family life; calls on the Minister for the Economy to bring forward legislation to enact the European Union’s Work Life Balance Directive, and to ban zero-hours contracts and replace them with banded-hours contracts; and further calls on the Minister for the Economy to develop legislation that allows employees the statutory right to disconnect, as identified by the Financial Services Union, and prevent undue demands being placed on workers outside their contractual working hours to ensure a work life balance.
10/03/2020Ms Jemma Dolan; Dr Caoimhe Archibald; Mr John O'Dowd; Mr Colm Gildernew
Private Members' Motion Challenge to Business Posed by the COVID-19 Pandemic

That this Assembly recognises the challenges posed to business by the Covid-19 pandemic; notes the measures being put in place in Great Britain to offer relief to businesses there; and calls on the Minister of Finance to outline the support he will offer to put in place to support businesses in Northern Ireland.
16/03/2020Dr Steve Aiken; Mr John Stewart
Private Members' Motion Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019

That this Assembly regards the imposition of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 as a serious breach of the principles and spirit of the devolution settlement; condemns the failure to hold a public consultation on the provisions of Section 9 of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019; reaffirms that abortion law falls within the legislative competence of the Northern Ireland Assembly; welcomes the commitment made in New Decade, New Approach to increase support for perinatal palliative care; and calls on the Executive to give urgent consideration to introducing, in this mandate, policy and legislation which affirms life and upholds the value of both lives during pregnancy.
16/03/2020Ms Joanne Bunting; Mr Paul Givan
Private Members' Motion Pregnancy and Maternity Rights: The Law and Good Practice (revised wording)

That this Assembly acknowledges the inequalities that exist for pregnant women in the workplace, as identified in in the 2016 report by the Equality Commission entitled Pregnancy and Maternity Rights: The Law and Good Practice, and in the 2019 Industrial Tribunal decision in Gruzdaite v McGrane Nurseries Ltd; and calls on the Minister for the Economy to recognise the model maternity policy set out in the 2016 report and to bring forward regulations that will ensure equality of opportunity for women in the workplace.
16/03/2020Ms Linda Dillon; Ms Sinéad Ennis; Ms Emma Sheerin; Ms Jemma Dolan
Private Members' Motion Social Security Support during the COVID-19 Pandemic

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Communities to introduce measures to ensure that no one in receipt of support from the social security system will be adversely affected during any period of social isolation arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.
16/03/2020Mr Andy Allen; Mr Robbie Butler
Private Members' Motion Paediatric Pathology

That this Assembly recognises the collapse of the regional perinatal and paediatric pathology service in January 2019; notes the replacement service at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool; acknowledges the anguish and trauma for parents who have to travel to Liverpool to access these services; and calls on the Minister of Health to engage with his counterpart in Dublin to develop an all-island paediatric pathology service.
18/03/2020Mr Colm Gildernew; Mr Pat Sheehan; Ms Órlaithí Flynn

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