No Day Named List

Motion TypeMotionTabled DateTablers
Committee Motion The role of Further Education and Higher Education Institutions in Growing the Economy.

That this Assembly acknowledges the key role of the further education and higher education institutions in developing and growing the economy; and calls on the Minister for Employment and Learning, and his Executive colleagues, to prioritise investment in further education and higher education to secure the skills that Northern Ireland needs to participate fully in a global economy.
05/11/2015Mr R Swann
Committee Motion Report on Review of Public Petitions Procedures (NIA 305/11-16)

That this Assembly approves the report of the Committee on Procedures on its Review of Public Petitions Procedures (NIA 305/11-16).
09/02/2016Mr G Kelly
Committee Motion Report on the Inquiry into post Special Educational Need Provision in Education, Employment and Training for those with Learning Disabilities in Northern Ireland (NIA 306/11-16)

That this Assembly approves the Report of the Committee for Employment and Learning on the Inquiry into post Special Educational Need (SEN) Provision in Education, Employment and Training for those with Learning Disabilities in Northern Ireland (NIA 306/11-16); and calls on the Minister for Employment and Learning to liaise with his relevant Executive colleagues to implement the recommendations contained in the Report.
10/02/2016Mr R Swann
Executive Motion The draft Victim Charter (Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2015) Order (Northern Ireland) 2015

That the draft Victim Charter (Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2015) Order (Northern Ireland) 2015 be approved.
02/10/2015Minister of Justice
Executive Motion The Snares Order (Northern Ireland) 2015

That the Snares Order (Northern Ireland) 2015 be affirmed.
03/11/2015Minister of the Environment
Executive Motion The Pensions (2015 Act) (Consequential Amendments) (Units of Additional Pension) Order (Northern Ireland) 2015

That the Pensions (2015 Act) (Consequential Amendments) (Units of Additional Pension) Order (Northern Ireland) 2015 be approved.
26/01/2016Minister for Social Development
Executive Motion The State Pension Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015

That the State Pension Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 be approved.
26/01/2016Minister for Social Development
Executive Motion Opposition to Clause 4 - Consideration Stage - Employment Bill (NIA Bill 73/11-16)

Opposition to Clause 4 - Consideration Stage - Employment Bill (NIA Bill 73/11-16)
03/02/2016Minister for Employment and Learning
Executive Motion Opposition to Clause 8 - Consideration Stage - Employment Bill (NIA Bill 73/11-16)

Opposition to Clause 8 - Consideration Stage - Employment Bill (NIA Bill 73/11-16)
03/02/2016Minister for Employment and Learning
Executive Motion Legislative Consent Motion - Criminal Cases Review Commission (Information) Bill

That this Assembly endorses the principle of the extension to Northern Ireland of the provisions of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (Information) Bill.
10/02/2016Minister of Justice
Executive Motion The Rates (Exemption for Automatic Telling Machines in Rural Areas) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016

That the Rates (Exemption for Automatic Telling Machines in Rural Areas) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 be affirmed.
10/02/2016Minister of Finance and Personnel
Executive Motion The Rates (Regional Rates) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016

That the Rates (Regional Rates) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 be affirmed.
10/02/2016Minister of Finance and Personnel
Executive Motion The Rates (Temporary Rebate) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016

That the Rates (Temporary Rebate) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 be affirmed.
10/02/2016Minister of Finance and Personnel
Executive Motion Legislative Consent Motion - Enterprise Bill

That this Assembly endorses the principle of the extension to Northern Ireland of the provisions in the Enterprise Bill dealing with the Small Business Commissioner.
11/02/2016Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment
Executive Motion The Charities Act 2008 (Designated Religious Charities) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016

That the Charities Act 2008 (Designated Religious Charities) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 be approved.
11/02/2016Minister for Social Development
Executive Motion The draft Teachers’ Pension Scheme (Consequential Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

That the draft Teachers’ Pension Scheme (Consequential Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016 be approved.
11/02/2016Minister of Education
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.
01/09/2015Mr 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 is 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.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board

That this Assembly notes that the National Minimum Wage already covers issues such as the minimum rate of pay, sick pay, employee holiday entitlement and could be applied to the agriculture sector; and therefore calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board.
01/09/2015Mrs J Dobson; Mr R Swann
Private Members' Motion Abolition of the Parades Commission

That this Assembly believes that the Parades Commission has not achieved its objectives; further believes it has contributed to damaging community relations and has become part of the problem rather than part of the solution; and believes that the abolition of the Parades Commission is an essential part of finding a solution to the issue of parading.
01/09/2015Mr D McIlveen; Mr P Weir; Mr S Anderson; Mr W Humphrey
Private Members' Motion Abuse of Animals

That this Assembly welcomes the Interim Report of the Review of the Implementation of the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011, particularly the proposal to increase the maximum sentence available for the most serious offences; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to establish an accessible central register of people convicted of animal welfare offences or disqualified from keeping animals under the Act.
01/09/2015Mr T Clarke; Mr P Weir
Private Members' Motion Administration of the Social Security Agency

That this Assembly values the hundreds of jobs across Belfast and Londonderry delivering social security administrative functions for Great Britain; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to do all in his power to ensure the long-term security of such vital jobs.
01/09/2015Mr A Ross; Mr P Girvan; Mr P Weir; Mr I McCrea; Mr A McQuillan
Private Members' Motion Adoption Legislation

That this Assembly recognises that adoption legislation in Northern Ireland has not been updated since 1987; further recognises the importance of the Adoption and Children Bill which seeks to update archaic legislation, reduce the length of time children are left waiting for adoption and improve access to adoption support services for children and adoptive parents; expresses concern over the length of time taken in advancing the Adoption and Children Bill; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and the Executive to accelerate the passage of the Adoption and Children Bill and launch a consultation as a matter of urgency.
01/09/2015Mr F McKinney; Mrs D Kelly
Private Members' Motion Agri-Food Industry

That this Assembly notes the importance to the local economy of the agri-food industry; expresses concern at the price disparity in farm produce across these islands and the barriers that exist to trade; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to work with their counterparts in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to develop proposals on how cooperation and trade opportunities can be further enhanced.
01/09/2015Mr D McAleer; Mr O McMullan; Mr I Milne
Private Members' Motion Alcohol and Entertainment Licensing

That this Assembly believes that the licensing laws determining the permissible hours for the sale of alcohol and the provision of entertainment are too restrictive; notes that Northern Ireland has one of the earliest closing times in Europe for venues serving alcohol and providing night-time entertainment; recognises the benefits that extending the opening times of such venues would bring to the night-time economy and to tourism, at a time when Government support is required; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to amend the present regulations to give bars and nightclubs the flexibility to remain open later.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Alcohol Related Crime

That this Assembly recognises the proven link between crime and the over-consumption of alcohol; and calls on the Minister of Justice to work on a joint strategy with the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety that will aim to deliver a targeted outcome of significantly reducing alcohol related crime.
01/09/2015Mr D McIlveen; Mr A Easton
Private Members' Motion All Party Talks

That this Assembly calls on the Secretary of State to initiate fully representative all party talks to review the immediate future of devolved government.
01/09/2015Mr D McNarry
Private Members' Motion Allowing Teachers the Time to Teach

That this Assembly recognises the crucial role that teachers play in the education of young people; and calls on the Minister of Education to review the multiplicity of departmental guidelines currently in existence, discard those which are not considered vital, and group those remaining so that they link together more coherently.
01/09/2015Mrs S Overend; Mr R Hussey
Private Members' Motion Ambiguity over Job Creation Targets and Performance

That this Assembly notes the report by the Northern Ireland Audit Office in March 2012 entitled ‘InvestNI: a performance review’; further notes the evidence taken by the Public Accounts Committee in February 2013 from officials representing InvestNI and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and the subsequent recommendations by the Public Accounts Committee; recognises that the lack of openness and transparency surrounding job creation targets and performance has been particularly unhelpful in the current economic climate; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to address the ambiguity in relation to the number of jobs created.
01/09/2015Mr R Swann; Mr A Cochrane-Watson
Private Members' Motion Animal Cruelty Register

That this Assembly regards cruelty against animals as a despicable crime; believes that more could be done to protect animals from cruelty and to prevent reoffending; and calls on the Minister of Justice to work with the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development and local councils to prohibit people convicted of animal cruelty from owning animals for a minimum period of time, to establish and place these convicted on a central registry and to outlaw the transferring of animals to anyone on this register.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Apprenticeships

That this Assembly recognises the importance of Apprenticeships to the economy here as a way to up-skill the workforce, provide employment for young people and encourage employer investment particularly within the STEM sector; notes the June 2014 Securing Our Success - the Northern Ireland Strategy on Apprenticeships and praises the intent of the 20 policy commitments within; recognises the challenges employers face here in providing apprenticeships and the resultant low number of apprenticeship places across a number of occupations; expresses concern over the current financial context and apprenticeship delivery model and calls on the Minister for Employment and Learning to provide the necessary resource to ensure that employers and young people are incentivised to create more successful, longer term and work targeted apprenticeships.
01/09/2015Mr P Ramsey; Mr P McGlone; Mr S Rogers
Private Members' Motion Arts Council

That this Assembly notes the £78m of cuts to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure announced in the June monitoring round; recognises the work of the Arts Council in promoting social cohesion and peace-building through the arts; acknowledges the health and economic benefits of the arts; further notes that the Minister has warned effected organisations to plan for more cuts in future; and calls on the Minister to assess ways to better manage available finances and access and promote additional areas of funding such as the new EU Creative Europe programme (2014-2020).
01/09/2015Mrs K McKevitt; Mr D Bradley
Private Members' Motion Ban on Hunting with Hounds

That this Assembly acknowledges the inherent cruelty involved in the hunting of wild animals with hounds; rejects claims that this is a form of pest control; and calls on the Minister of the Environment to bring forward legislation that would ban the hunting of wild animals with hounds.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Banning of Wild Animals in Circuses

This Assembly calls upon the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to introduce legislation to outlaw the use of wild animals in circuses in Northern Ireland.
01/09/2015Mr J Wells; Mr R Newton
Private Members' Motion Bereavement Services

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to put in place provision of bereavement services in each of the Health and Social Care Trust areas to help and assist people who have been affected by still born births, prenatal deaths, fatal foetal abnormalities and other prenatal difficulties, and to provide physical, emotional and psychological counselling and other assistance to those affected.
01/09/2015Ms M McLaughlin; Ms R McCorley; Mr C Ó hOisín
Private Members' Motion Calls for a Civic Conversation

That this Assembly calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister, in conjunction with the Secretary of State, to initiate a civic conversation involving politicians and citizens in a time bound process to review, reform and revitalise the Belfast Agreement.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Cancer Centre of Excellence

That this Assembly recognises the health and economic benefits of establishing a cancer centre of excellence that integrates healthcare, academia and industry; notes the potential such a centre will have on research and on outcomes for cancer patients; further notes the development of healthcare and expansion of life sciences requires inter-departmental cooperation and collaboration; recognises the potential to build on the commercial value of indigenous pharmaceutical companies whilst also attracting further inward investment; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to engage in further work with the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to pursue the establishment a cancer centre of excellence.
01/09/2015Mr F McKinney; Mr P McGlone
Private Members' Motion Cancer Drugs

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to strive to make new drugs that are shown to be effective as widely available to cancer sufferers in Northern Ireland as possible; further calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to engage with his UK counterparts to seek to achieve the best outcome from the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme for citizens in the province; and calls for the significant recent improvements in cancer care to be continued through further specialisation, provision of enhanced targeted radiotherapy and maximising the use of multidisciplinary teams including clinical nurse specialists.
01/09/2015Mr A Easton; Mrs P Cameron; Mr T Buchanan; Mr G Robinson
Private Members' Motion Care and Support for People Living with a Terminal Illness

That this Assembly expresses concern regarding the unmet need that exists around the access to and benefits of palliative care for people with a diagnosis other than cancer; agrees on the need for greater focus and organisation around responsibility for providing palliative care and greater understanding of what palliative care is and how it can help; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to increase access to palliative care for all who need it, make care and support for people living with terminal illness and their families a priority for his Department, and ensure that a fully resourced and fit-for-purpose palliative and end of life care strategy is in place for everyone with a terminal illness in Northern Ireland to meet the needs of our ageing population.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Careers Advice

That this assembly calls on the Minister of Education to ensure that students are given non-gendered careers advice and girls are supported to undertake non-traditional career paths.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Causeway Hospital

That this Assembly acknowledges the vital service the Causeway Hospital provides within the Northern Trust; appreciates the anxieties of local people regarding the downgrading of the Causeway Hospital and the removal of services; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to improve staffing ratios and augmented services so that the full status of the Causeway Hospital as an acute hospital can be maintained.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Changes to A Levels

That this Assembly notes the changes to A Levels across the United Kingdom; further notes the statement from the Secretary of State for Education that it will be difficult to maintain comparable standards when the content and structures of these qualifications diverge across England, Wales and Northern Ireland; expresses concern at the fragmentation of such a significant component of the United Kingdom’s educational system; and calls on the Minister of Education to work with the Executive and Her Majesty’s Government to ensure that local educational qualifications do not become of lesser value when applying for higher education places and job opportunities.
01/09/2015Mrs S Overend; Mr R Hussey
Private Members' Motion Child and Adolescent Mental Health

That this Assembly notes with concern that child and adolescent mental health services are significantly under-funded; further notes that more children and young people in Northern Ireland self-harm and take their own lives than in any other part of the UK; notes that mental health issues are causing many young people to underachieve in education; and calls on the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister to work with the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to develop a strategy to address the underlying causes of mental ill health.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Childcare Strategy

That this Assembly notes the Report of the UK Children’s Commissioners to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in July 2015 which reported levels of persistent child poverty in Northern Ireland to be the highest in the UK; acknowledges that a lack of childcare provision is preventing parents from accessing employment to support their families; and calls on the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister to deliver on the 2006 ten year strategy for Children and Young People and urgently develop a new strategy, appoint a Northern Ireland Commissioner to the UK Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, implement a comprehensive childcare strategy, and to explain how the childcare subsidy announced in the 2014/15 UK budget could assist people in Northern Ireland.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Children's Budgeting

That this Assembly supports the introduction of Children's Budgeting.
01/09/2015Mr C Lyttle; Mrs J Cochrane
Private Members' Motion Civic Participation

That this Assembly calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to recognise the importance of civic voices in relation to social, cultural and economic issues and to fulfill the Stormont House Agreement commitment to set in place a new engagement model by establishing a compact civic advisory panel which would regularly meet to discuss key issues, and advise the Northern Ireland Executive.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Coastal Erosion

That this Assembly recognises the risk to life and property due to the coastal erosion and inadequate sea defences in some parts of Northern Ireland; commends the work of the emergency services and the voluntary sector in alleviating the effects of flooding at the end of 2013 and start of 2014; calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to strengthen and implement plans to improve sea defences and further calls on the Executive to increase investment in the infrastructure for flood defences to help prevent problems arising in the future.
01/09/2015Mr K McCarthy; Mr S Dickson
Private Members' Motion Common Funding Formula

That this Assembly notes the implementation of the revised Common Funding Formula and its impact on school budgets; expresses concern that the transitional funding arrangements put in place by the Minister of Education for 2014/15 will not be available in future years; and calls on the Minister of Education to consider the recommendations of the Committee for Education on the issue and make the necessary revisions to the formula to ensure a fair financial allocation to all schools.
01/09/2015Mr P Weir; Mr J Craig; Mr R Newton; Mr N McCausland
Private Members' Motion Communication of the Common Agricultural Policy

That this Assembly recognises the contibution rural communities and farmers make to the local economy and the importance of the Common Agricultural Policy for enabling this contribution; notes the launch of Agri Aware’s campaign to communicate the Common Agricultural Policy to farmers, but acknowledges that it is a complex process for many; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to ensure that it is made user-friendly and accessible.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Comprehensive Animal Welfare Bill

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development to introduce a new and comprehensive Animal Welfare Bill which includes provisions specifically prohibiting wild animals in circuses, the hunting of animals with dogs, the use of electronic dog collars and the use of snares.
01/09/2015Mr C Lyttle; Mrs J Cochrane; Ms A Lo
Private Members' Motion Comprehensive Languages Bill

This Assembly supports cultural diversity in Northern Ireland; is concerned that indigenous and minority languages are not protected as in other parts of the world; recognises that protecting minority languages is not a challenge to anyone’s culture; and calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to develop a Comprehensive Languages Bill which would provide protection and service provision for the multiple languages spoken across Northern Ireland.
01/09/2015Ms A Lo; Mr S Dickson
Private Members' Motion Compulsory Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training

That this Assembly notes that approximately 1,300 cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital each year; further notes the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety's Community Resuscitation Strategy; recognises the benefits of people receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation training; and calls on the Minister of Education to amend the curriculum for post-primary school children to include compulsory cardiopulmonary resuscitation training.
01/09/2015Mrs K McKevitt; Mr D Bradley; Mr F McKinney; Mr S Rogers
Private Members' Motion Compulsory School Starting Age

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Education to review his decision not to proceed with legislation to defer the compulsory school starting age in exceptional circumstances; and to issue guidance which clarifies the current legal position for parents as a matter of urgency.
01/09/2015Mr P Weir; Mr J Craig; Mr R Newton; Mr N McCausland
Private Members' Motion Concern Over School Development Proposals

That this Assembly notes with concern the widespread criticism of the current process around the formation of school Development Proposals; recognises that whilst the proposer of a Development Proposal is obliged to first consult with the parents of pupils, teachers and the Board of Governors, the standard and professionalism of consultation varies significantly across proposals; believes that the intervening period between a Development Proposal being sent to the Department of Education for consideration and a final decision being taken is often a very challenging period for the schools concerned; and calls on the Minister of Education to review the current procedures and detail the impact that the current Area Planning process is having on the drafting of, and decisions on, recent Development Proposals.
01/09/2015Mrs S Overend; Mr R Hussey
Private Members' Motion Concessionary Fare Scheme

That this Assembly supports the Concessionary Fare Scheme; notes that many thousands of people have benefited from the scheme since its introduction; believes that it helps those most at risk of social exclusion; and calls on the Minister for Regional Development to ensure the continuation of the scheme.
01/09/2015Mr T Clarke; Mrs B Hale; Mr S Moutray
Private Members' Motion Connection to NI Electricity Grid

That this Assembly notes the inordinate delays suffered by many businesses and domestic customers in obtaining grid connections from NI Electricity; further notes the disparity in timeframes for connection between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland; notes the opportunity cost for jobs, economic prosperity and growth due to grid connection delays; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and the Northern Ireland Utility Regulator to bring forward a mechanism for accountability and control of NI Electricity to ensure domestic and business users are connected in a timely fashion.
01/09/2015Mrs B Hale; Mr G Campbell; Mr P Frew
Private Members' Motion Conscience Clause

That this Assembly notes the increasing number of cases across the UK whereby the freedom of religion is afforded a lesser priority than other fundamental freedoms; acknowledges that this gradation of fundamental rights often leads to people of faith leaving their employment or being forced out of business; and calls on the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister to bring forward legislation to introduce a conscience clause for people of faith to allow them to exercise religious freedom in the workplace.
01/09/2015Mr T Buchanan; Mr P Weir
Private Members' Motion Continuing High Rates of Fuel Poverty

That this Assembly notes the publication of the latest Home Energy Conservation Authority annual report; further notes that the percentage of households in fuel poverty has only been reduced from 44 percent to 42 percent; acknowledges the work of projects such as the Warm Homes Scheme, the Boiler Replacement Scheme and the efforts to promote the installation of double glazing; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to explore other opportunities, such as smart metering and energy brokering, in order to tackle what remains an unacceptable level of fuel poverty across Northern Ireland.
01/09/2015Mr R Beggs
Private Members' Motion Corporation Tax

That this Assembly calls on the Executive to reject proposals to lower the headline rate of corporation tax relative to the UK.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Creation of a Hall of Fame

That this Assembly welcomes the efforts of the Ulster History Circle and the Ulster Sports Museum Association to create a Hall of Fame to celebrate the world class achievements of local people from across the community in all walks of life; and calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to explore how her Department can help to create a Hall of Fame on a sustainable basis as an inspiration to present and future generations.
01/09/2015Mr R Swann; Mr L Cree
Private Members' Motion Creation of a Network of Greenways

That this Assembly believes a greenway network would bring much needed economic growth; calls on the Minister for Regional Development to conduct a feasibility study on the potenital of utilising track beds from disused railways, canal tow paths and other suitable structures for the purpose of creating a network of greenways; and further calls on the Minister for Regional Development to work in partnership with the Minister of the Environment, local communites and local government to explore the cross-border potential of this proposal.
01/09/2015Mr C Ó hOisín; Mr D McAleer; Mr S Lynch
Private Members' Motion Cross-border Health

That this Assembly welcomes the advances made on cross-border health care provision, particularly paediatric cardiac care and radiography services at Altnagelvin; values the outcome of the feasibility study conducted in 2011 which made 37 recommendations for key cross-border intervention; recognises the role of the North/South Ministerial Council Health Sector in realising health initiatives; notes the INTERREG 2014-2020 programme funding with the objective of improving access to quality cross-border healthcare services; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to work collaboratively with the Executive and his counterpart in the Irish Republic to ensure that proper funding for such health interventions.
01/09/2015Mr F McKinney; Mr P McGlone; Mr P Ramsey; Mr D Bradley
Private Members' Motion Cross-border Transport Links

That this Assembly notes the great potential of North-South economic development within an all island context; acknowledges the focus of the North-South Ministerial Council Transport Sector on developing the strategic transport connections on the island; and calls on the Executive to support this work by undertaking an assessment of options for financial support for significant infrastructure projects such as the A5 road project, the Narrow Water bridge, Newry relief road, and Belfast to Dublin railway.
01/09/2015Mr J Byrne; Mr J Dallat
Private Members' Motion Crown Estate

That this Assembly notes the recent 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.
01/09/2015Mr O McMullan; Ms M Fearon; Mr D McKay
Private Members' Motion Cyberbullying

That this Assembly notes with concern the increased prevalence of cyberbullying; further notes that there is no specific offence of cyberbullying; and calls on the Minister of Justice to investigate whether existing legislation is sufficient to bring those responsible to justice.
01/09/2015Mr A Ross; Mr P Weir
Private Members' Motion David Healy MBE

That this Assembly recognises the outstanding contribution made by David Healy MBE to sport in Northern Ireland, his record 36 goals for his country and his outstanding achievement as the highest scorer in the group stages of the UEFA European Championships 2012; and calls on the Speaker to invite Mr Healy to Parliament Buildings for a presentation to recognise his outstanding sporting achievements.
01/09/2015Mr J Wells; Mr G Robinson; Mr W Humphrey
Private Members' Motion Decision on Shale Gas Exploration

That this Assembly deplores the discriminatory actions of the Minister of the Environment in respect of shale gas exploration in Fermanagh, believing that he has sent out a signal to investors in the industry that Northern Ireland is not a place that is open for business.
01/09/2015Mr G Dunne; Mr P Frew
Private Members' Motion Derrylin and Other Terrorist Commemorations

That this Assembly condemns terrorist commemorations such as Derrylin and Castlederg, the dissident commemoration march through Belfast City Centre and other similar events, as they represent a glorification of terrorism, show insensitivity to victims, damage community relations and present unacceptable role models for the next generation.
01/09/2015Mr P Weir; Lord Morrow; Mr T Buchanan; Mrs A Foster
Private Members' Motion Domestic and Sexual Violence

That this Assembly acknowledges that domestic and sexual abuse persists; notes the incredible difficulties faced by victims; is concerned that the Inter-Ministerial Group on Domestic and Sexual Violence has not met since November 2012; and calls on the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to address domestic and sexual violence by updating and publishing a strategy which aims to eliminate gender based violence in society and assesses the experiences of victims within the criminal justice system in order to improve their treatment and support.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Domiciliary Care Provision

That this Assembly acknowledges the importance of domiciliary care provision in supporting and maintaining standards of health, hygiene, dignity, safety and ease for hundreds of individuals who wish to stay in their own home; notes the increase in number of clients receiving a domiciliary care service; is concerned of closures to Trust run residential and care homes; and calls on the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety to compliment the Transforming Your Care plan which emphasises prevention through allocating sufficient financial support across Heath and Social Care Trusts, to increase the amount of time allocated to each home care visit, and to ensure the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority enforces appropriate standards of care in the home.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Early Years Provision via the Pathway Fund

That this Assembly agrees that the first years of a child’s life are crucial to their development and recognises the important work which the Early Years sector do in providing education, nursery and play school facilities and child care; acknowledges that the Early Years Fund will end in March 2016; and calls on the Minister of Education to ensure that the new Pathway Fund will support those who provide existing early years services within their communities and to ensure these organisations are protected to continue this service as a policy priority.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Educational Inequality

That this Assembly believes that socio-economic factors should not have a role in a child's education; believes it is unacceptable that, in many cases, a household's wealth is an influencing factor in a child's expected educational attainment; and calls on the Minister of Education to collate existing policies and bring forward new proposals in a single, realistic and fairly funded strategy that will begin to tackle educational inequality and the range of problems that it causes.
01/09/2015Mrs S Overend; Mr R Hussey
Private Members' Motion Electronic Dog Collars

That this Assembly recognises the findings of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs funded research into the use of electric shock collars on dogs which demonstrated that electric shock collars can cause negative behavioural and physiological changes in dogs; notes that positive training tools help to build a relationship of mutual trust and liking between owner and dog rather than a relationship based on fear and pain; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to implement a ban on electric shock collars to stop unnecessary pain and distress to dogs, as is the case in Wales.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Emergency Departments

That this Assembly notes that the number of individuals having to wait in excess of twelve hours to be assessed, treated and either admitted or discharged from Emergency Departments has been reduced from four figure monthly totals, but believes that more can be done; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to work to have such delays eradicated altogether through the establishment of enhanced care pathways for frail, elderly patients and greater coordination of all parts of the health and social care system to improve the experience and quality of emergency care.
01/09/2015Mr A Easton; Mrs P Cameron; Mr T Buchanan; Mr G Robinson
Private Members' Motion Employment for Carers

That this assembly acknowledges that people who take time out of paid work for family and caring responsibilities are making an important contribution to society; recognises that carers are more likely to be women; notes that many will be at a disadvantage when returning to paid work despite having gained valuable skills and experience; and calls on the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister to investigate this issue and to introduce measures to improve employment outcomes for carers.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Employment Oppotunities

That this Assembly notes the increase in unemployment benefit claimants in Northern Ireland and figures showing 37,000 people aged 16-24 in Northern Ireland not in education, employment or training; further notes that the pace of growth in business activity has remained below the pre-downturn long-term average; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to work with the Minister for Employment and Learning to invest in developing skills, boosting productivity and employment and international competitiveness; and further calls on the Executive to collaborate across Departments to develop a strategy for sustainable economic growth and a positive outlook for Northern Ireland.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Encouraging Innovation

That this Assembly recognises that improvements have been made in the area of innovation, such as the recently announced Innovation Growth Centre in Omagh; notes that Northern Ireland had the lowest number of patents applied for, and granted, in any UK region for 2010 and 2011; further notes the finding of a Nesta poll which showed that 56 per cent of Northern Ireland business leaders invested either none, or less than one per cent, of their business revenue in innovation in the last financial year; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to bring forward the Innovation Strategy for consultation as soon as possible to encourage more firms to innovate.
01/09/2015Mr R Swann; Mr A Cochrane-Watson
Private Members' Motion Energy Efficiency

That this Assembly notes the numerous publicly funded initiatives to improve energy efficiency in housing, including Affordable Warmth, Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme, Housing Efficiency and Thermal Improvement Programme, as well as those of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive; believes that a strategic, area based approach would be more cost effective; and calls on the Executive to bring together all such schemes to create a once stop shop to home energy efficiency.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Energy Performance Certificates

That this Assembly notes the successful introduction of Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) in 2008; further notes the benefit of cost-effective recommendations on how to improve further the energy performance of buildings and the subsequent reduction in energy bills; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to investigate the feasibility of making it mandatory for properties, with a reasonable expectation of habitation, to meet a minimum EPC rating determined by the Department.
01/09/2015Mr R Beggs
Private Members' Motion Energy Prices

That this Assembly notes with concern the recent rises in energy prices, which are part of a longer-term trend towards higher costs of energy; further notes that this is a significant determinant in the levels of fuel poverty; calls on the Executive to ensure a balanced mix of energy provision, including energy from renewable sources, to ensure that the price of energy remains consistent in the future; further calls for concerted action to invest in energy efficiency measures, such as the Green New Deal, to reduce energy use overall; and to explore how to enable households to manage the purchase of home heating oil more effectively.
01/09/2015Ms A Lo; Mr S Dickson
Private Members' Motion Environmental Allowance for Prison Officers

That this Assembly recognises the difficult conditions in which prison officers in the Northern Ireland Prison Service work and the resulting significant additional challenges for these individuals and their families; believes that these prison officers should have access to an environmental allowance as is the case for police officers within the Police Service of Northern Ireland; and calls on the Minister of Justice to ensure that this allowance is reinstated for members of the Prison Service.
01/09/2015Mr R Hussey
Private Members' Motion Ethnic Minority Development Fund

That this Assembly notes with concern the late delivery and under-funding of the Ethnic Minority Development Fund; further notes that the implementation of any Racial Equality Strategy will require support for the voluntary sector by the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister; and calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to honour their commitment to provide the £1.1million Ethnic Minority Development Fund which helps many groups provide vital work for ethnic minorities in Northern Ireland
01/09/2015Ms A Lo; Mr C Lyttle
Private Members' Motion European School Milk Subsidy Scheme

That this Assembly notes that the purpose of the European School Milk Subsidy Scheme is to maintain, or increase, the consumption of milk products by school children and, ultimately, to encourage continued consumption through later stages in life; further notes that the Scheme enables Education and Library Boards to provide milk to pupils at a reduced price; expresses concern at the relatively low level of awareness and uptake of the Scheme; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to work closely with the Minister of Education to review the Scheme and develop an action plan to increase the involvement of schools and children.
01/09/2015Mrs J Dobson; Mr R Swann
Private Members' Motion Export Strategy

That this Assembly notes the current economic strategy which supports a commitment to strengthening competitiveness through a focus on export-led economic growth; recognises the importance of increasing exports, particularly to new and emerging markets, to promote growth within the economy; expresses concern at InvestNI's performance against its overall export target of 20 per cent; further notes that the target contained in the Economic Strategy to increase exports by 60 per cent by 2014/15 is from a very small base; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to continue to work to increase opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises involvement in exporting as well as diversification into new markets.
01/09/2015Mr R Swann; Mr A Cochrane-Watson
Private Members' Motion Failures of the Public Prosecution Service

That this Assembly notes with concern the findings of the two independent reports into the Public Prosecution Service's handling of sexual abuse and terrorist related offences carried out by Sir Keir Starmer QC and the Attorney General for Northern Ireland; expresses concern at the recent collapse of a trial connected to the murder of Robert McCartney; and calls on the Minister of Justice and the Director of the Public Prosecution Service to recognise the damage caused to public confidence in the Criminal Justice System by the failures of the Public Prosecution Service.
01/09/2015Mr P Givan; Mr E Poots; Mr P Frew
Private Members' Motion Farm Safety

That this Assembly notes with concern that farming has the poorest safety record of any occupation across the UK and Ireland; supports farm safety initiatives such as Yellow Wellies and Farm Safety Week which raise awareness of risks; commends the Farm Safety Foundation, Farm Safety Partnership, Health and Safety Authority and the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland who support such initiatives; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to collaborate with the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, the Department of Education and the Department of the Environment to end farm accidents and stop the tragic loss of life.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Farm-gate Beef Prices

That this Assembly acknowledges the financial pressures faced by beef farmers as a result of the recent drop in farm-gate prices; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to work with her counterparts in the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to encourage the European Union to develop a relief package for farmers and the local beef industry.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Female Participation in Sport

That this Assembly is concerned by the decrease in the number of young girls in post-primary education who participate actively in sport; recognises the need for more female coaches and volunteers in sport clubs and within community initiatives; and calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to promote increased female participation in sport and identify and address barriers.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Financial Barriers for Students

That this Assembly acknowledges there are many financial barriers which deter students from accessing postgraduate education, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds; and calls on the Minister for Employment and Learning to bring forward an improved financial support scheme for postgraduate students as part of the forthcoming review of higher education funding.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Financial Management of Schools

That this Assembly notes that school leaders are best placed to identify and react to their own local circumstances; supports schools being given greater autonomy over their day to day administration; welcomes Recommendation 3 in the Review of the Common Funding Scheme; and calls on the Minister of Education to bring forward the legislative, or procedural, changes required to allow schools, which are prepared to assume the accompanying management responsibilities, to adopt the systems of financial management operated for voluntary grammar and grant maintained integrated schools.
01/09/2015Mrs S Overend; Mr R Hussey
Private Members' Motion Flu-related Teacher Absence

That this Assembly notes that an average of 13,162 work days were lost amongst the teaching profession as a result of flu-related illnesses in each of the last three academic years; expresses concern about the financial and educational impact of this flu-related teacher absence; and calls on the Minister of Education and the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to determine both the cost of instituting a standardised flu vaccination programme for teachers and the potential savings which would result.
01/09/2015Mrs J Cochrane; Mr K McCarthy; Mr T Lunn
Private Members' Motion Fracking

That this Assembly believes, given the evidence currently available, there should be a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing until the environmental impact of it elsewhere in the world can be ascertained; and that resources should be directed towards renewable sources of energy.
01/09/2015Ms A Lo; Mr K McCarthy; Mr S Dickson
Private Members' Motion Fracking in County Antrim

That this Assembly notes with concern the application by Rathlin Energy to drill at Ballinlea, County Antrim; further recognises the concerns of residents in County Antrim over fracking proposals at a number of sites in the area; and calls on the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to ensure that such applications are not approved, given the impact that fracking will have on our water supply, tourism and our communities.
01/09/2015Mr D McKay; Mr O McMullan; Mr P Flanagan
Private Members' Motion Funding Crisis in the Health Service

That this Assembly notes the severe funding crisis currently facing the Health Service in Northern Ireland; understands that if the current budget shortfall is not addressed then it will have a detrimental impact on the range of services available and the quality of care delivered; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to ensure that public safety is not compromised further.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Future of Condition Management Programmes

That this Assembly recognises the vital support provided through Condition Management Programmes for people with health conditions who require specialised help to better manage their conditions and enable them to return to, and be sustained in, employment, training or education; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and the Minister for Employment and Learning to work collaboratively to ensure that this unique multi-disciplinary service continues.
01/09/2015Mr R Swann
Private Members' Motion GAA Grounds and Trophies

That this Assembly notes the comments by influential personnel within the Gaelic Athletic Association regarding the naming of grounds and trophies after dead republican terrorists, where one described the practice as embarrassing, while another said people could like it or lump it; and calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to engage with the Gaelic Athletic Associatio to ensure that the progress made by the organisation in expanding its acceptability to all sections of the community is built upon and that no sporting bodies are tarnished by being associated with support for terrorism.
01/09/2015Mr I McCrea; Mr G Campbell
Private Members' Motion Gas Network

This Assembly supports the expansion of the gas network across the whole of Northern Ireland; believes that there should a consistent approach to its roll out which ensures that money invested in an area is used to connect the maximum number of homes; and calls for a updated strategy for roll out to ensure value for money.
01/09/2015Mr C Lyttle; Mr S Dickson
Private Members' Motion Gender Equality

That this Assembly recognises the need for swift progress on the Gender Equality strategy; urges the Gender Equality Strategy Advisory Panel to develop an Action Plan with specific, measureable, achievable, realistic and time-bound objectives which address the weaknesses in the current gender equality strategy, eradicates gender based violence in society, increase female applications to public appointments, and progresses the actions detailed in the joint Domestic and Sexual Violence Action Plan; and calls on the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister to ringfence funding for the full implementation and success of a holistic gender equality strategy.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Genealogical Tourism

That this Assembly notes the vast number of globally celebrated people with Ulster Scots connections; recognises the potential of genealogical tourism for Ulster Scots in Northern Ireland; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to work with the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to use the Ulster Scots language, heritage and culture to promote Northern Ireland as a tourist destination, particularly in Scotland and America.
01/09/2015Mr R Swann; Mr M McGimpsey
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; 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 and Rural Development to ensure that the imbalance in the Strategy is redressed in favour of local farmers and producers.
01/09/2015Mrs J Dobson; Mr R Swann
Private Members' Motion Good Relations Funding

That this Assembly believes that the Northern Ireland Executive and the new district councils have a significant role to play in funding good relations programmes; and calls for this money to be allocated in an efficient and sustainable manner.
01/09/2015Mr C Lyttle; Mr S Dickson
Private Members' Motion Goods, Facilities and Services Legislation

That this Assembly agrees on the need to pass Age Discrimination Legislation with regards to the provision of goods, facilities and services; notes with concern the time frame for passing this legislation within the current mandate; and calls on the Executive to ensure that this important protective legislation is passed as a matter of urgency.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Greyhounds

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to initiate a review of the regulation of the greyhound racing industry and wider legislation as it relates to greyhounds.
01/09/2015Mr P Weir; Mr R Newton
Private Members' Motion House Sales Scheme

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Soical Development 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.
01/09/2015Mr A Maskey; Mr F McCann
Private Members' Motion Housing Regeneration

That this Assembly welcomes the focus by the Minister for Social Development on housing regeneration; and calls on the Minister to bring forward proposals to tackle the long-term deficit of vital investment in Northern Ireland's social housing tower blocks as a matter of priority.
01/09/2015Ms P Bradley; Mr G Campbell; Mr S Douglas; Mr A McQuillan
Private Members' Motion Housing Regeneration

That this Assembly acknowledges the need for investment in housing regeneration; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to bring forward proposals to tackle the regeneration deficit as a matter of priority for the Housing Strategy 2012-2017; and further calls on the Minister for Social Development to take measures to develop and bring empty social housing back into use, to ensure adequate housing stock is available in both rural and urban areas.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Housing Shortage

That this Assembly agrees that there is a shortage of social housing in Northern Ireland; acknowledges the long waiting lists for those waiting to receive a home; recognises the contribution of housing associations in providing social housing in partnership with the Department for Social Development; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to commit to a system of social housing allocation which operates on the basis of objective housing need, where the most vulnerable are prioritised, and to create a culture where new housing is built on a mixed income and mixed tenure basis to enhance social cohesion and promote integration between communities so that areas in which households ‘fear to live’ are phased out.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Human Immunodeficiency Virus

That this Assembly notes with concern that, in 2013, 749 people were accessing care for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which was a 17 per cent increase since 2012; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to tackle the stigma associated with the illness through a targeted awareness campaign and an examination of access to treatment.
01/09/2015Ms M McLaughlin; Ms R McCorley
Private Members' Motion Illegal Drugs in Northern Ireland

That this Assembly acknowledges with grave concern the extent of drug-related fatalities in our communities; supports the ongoing work carried out by statutory services, the Public Health Agency and the voluntary and community sector; and calls on the Minister of Justice to work alongside the relevant bodies to bring forward measures to raise awareness and to ensure that the criminal justice system is tough enough to deal robustly those responsible for the menace of drugs on our streets.
01/09/2015Mr S Anderson; Mr S Moutray; Mr W Humphrey; Mr J Wells
Private Members' Motion Improving Access to Shared Sports Facilities

That this Assembly recognises the health and legacy benefits of promoting grass roots sports facilities; acknowledges that improved sharing of sports facilities would promote community relations, as well as providing better value for money; and calls on the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure along with the Minister of the Environment to conduct an audit of sports facilities and identify ways of promoting increased sharing of facilities across the whole community.
01/09/2015Ms A Lo; Mr C Lyttle; Mr T Lunn
Private Members' Motion Independent Ambulance Service Providers

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to bring forward proposals, including legislation if necessary, to provide effective regulation of independent ambulance service providers.
01/09/2015Mr G Dunne; Mr G Robinson; Mrs P Cameron
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.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Injury on Duty Award Scheme

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Justice to review the legislation and guidance governing the administration of the Injury on Duty Award Scheme, taking cognisance of recent case law and reflecting the unique circumstances in Northern Ireland compared to the rest of the UK.
01/09/2015Mr J Craig; Mr P Givan; Mr R Newton; Mr D McIlveen
Private Members' Motion Integrated Education

This Assembly notes that only around 7 per cent of children currently attend an integrated school; acknowledges the result from the 2012 NI 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 or children from attending integrated schools and calls on the Minister of Education to take action to guarantee that by 2020 integrated education is a feasible option for all children and that an integrated school operates in each locality.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Japanese Knotweed

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for the Environment to bring forward proposals for a regional programme to eradicate Japanese Knotweed.
01/09/2015Mrs P Cameron; Lord Morrow; Mr W Irwin; Mr G Middleton
Private Members' Motion Kangaroo Care for Babies

That this Assembly recognises that kangaroo care, including skin-to-skin contact, offers benefits for all babies and, in particular, preterm and low birth weight infants who experience more normalised temperatures, heart rates, respiratory rates and increased weight gain when this approach is used; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to introduce a policy for all maternity units to promote, where practicable, kangaroo care for a baby by its mother, or other carer, as soon as possible after birth.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Land Value Tax

That this Assembly notes that Northern Ireland experienced one of the most severe property market crashes in the developed world as a result of the land and property speculation; notes the billions of pounds of long term debt liability which was created by this crash and the negative impact that this continues to have on society; recognises the range of benefits which could be realised if rates were replaced with a land value tax including the promotion of a more sustainable housing market and the optimisation of the use of land; and calls on the Executive to back the principle of a land value tax and endorse and implement the recommendations for a land value tax in the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action report “A Land Value Tax for Northern Ireland”.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Landlord Regulation Scheme

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Social Development to review urgently the Landlord Regulation Scheme to ensure that it can both cope with this unregulated sector and protect tenants.
01/09/2015Mr A Maskey; Mr F McCann
Private Members' Motion Licensing and Regulation of Experiments on Animals

That this Assembly notes that it has been the practice to adopt Home Office policy on the licensing and regulation of experiments on animals; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to develop a separate policy on the matter to secure positive change for animals in laboratories.
01/09/2015Mr C Lyttle; Ms A Lo; Mr K McCarthy
Private Members' Motion Littering

That this Assembly notes with concern the levels of littering in parks, open places and beaches; and calls on the Minister of the Environment to tackle this problem by encouraging customers to return containers while ensuring that those who litter are adequately penalised through fines.
01/09/2015Mr D McIlveen; Mr P Weir
Private Members' Motion Living Wage Employer

That this Assembly recognises the contribution of all staff who work at the NI 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.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Magilligan to Greencastle Ferry

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Regional Development to introduce a subvention for the running of the Magilligan to Greencastle ferry service in order to provide a daily and year round service.
01/09/2015Mr C Ó hOisín; Mr S Lynch; Mr D McAleer
Private Members' Motion Maximising Tourism

That this Assembly acknowledges the important contribution of the tourism sector to the Northern Ireland economy; welcomes 2014-2015 figures that show an increase in total expenditure by tourists which builds on the momentum from previous years; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to commit to reaching the Programme for Government target of making tourism a one billion pound industry by 2020 by supporting growth in local tourism and continued investment in visitor infrastructure and promotion through international media.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Maze/Long Kesh

That this Assembly notes with concern that the deputy First Minister, for political reasons, blocked the Ulster Aviation Society's open day event at the Maze/Long Kesh site; and calls on the deputy First Minister to lift the ban on wider agreed development of the site.
01/09/2015Mr S Moutray; Mr D McIlveen; Mr P Frew; Mr G Lyons
Private Members' Motion Meals on Wheels

That this Assembly acknowledges the importance of the Meals on Wheels Service provided by Health and Social Care Trusts and delivered by organisations across Northern Ireland; notes the positive impact of Meals on Wheels on those who are rurally isolated through providing both a nutritious daily meal and company which combats loneliness and mental health concerns; and calls on the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety to support and protect this service so that the most vulnerable in our society can continue to benefit.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Medical Assessments for Welfare Payments

That this Assembly notes the marked increase in patient requests for a medical report for assessing eligibility for welfare during the last two years; further notes that the increase in such reports impacts on the time available to GPs to spend with their patients; notes the differences in process, procedure and cost for verbal and written reports; believes that this needs to be addressed as part of a multi-agency approach to ensure medical information for welfare recipient is suitable; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to liaise with the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to ensure appropriate information and education is provided to GPs and civil servants to assist with the welfare assessment process.
01/09/2015Mrs J Cochrane; Mr K McCarthy
Private Members' Motion MLA's Insurance Policy

That this Assembly, following the case of O’Loan v Givan and others, notes the terms of the combined Employer’s and Public Liability insurance policy which covers all MLA's; expresses concern that libel or slander falls under the definition of personal injury within this policy and covers an MLA at all times when speaking in that capacity; and calls on the Assembly Commission to review the current insurance policy to ensure that a policy is in place which affords the taxpayer value for money and encourages MLA's to act responsibly.
01/09/2015Mr L Cree
Private Members' Motion Mobile Telecommunication Infrastructure

That this Assembly notes the increasing importance of mobile telecommunication in Northern Ireland; welcomes the improvements that have been made to this infrastructure in recent years; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to continue to press the Government and industry to invest in mobile telecommunication infrastructure.
01/09/2015Mr P Givan; Mr W Humphrey; Mr P Girvan; Mr G Dunne
Private Members' Motion Moneynick and Dungiven Bypass

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Regional Development to prioritise the delivery of the Moneynick and Dungiven bypass aspects of the A6 dualling and address the associated pollution issues.
01/09/2015Mr C Ó hOisín; Mr S Lynch; Mr D McAleer
Private Members' Motion Named Person for Children

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to work collaboratively with the Minister of Education and the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister 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.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
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 the Environment to direct his Department’s priorities away from introducing national parks legislation to increasing the tourism and service potential of these areas.
01/09/2015Mrs S Overend
Private Members' Motion Neighbourhood Renewal

That this Assembly acknowledges the contribution of neighbourhood renewal projects in tackling disadvantage in areas of multiple deprivation; and calls on the Minister for Social Development to ensure that neighbourhood renewal projects continue to be supported through the conference of planning powers to local councils and to commit to the objectives set out in the Urban Regeneration and Community Development Framework 2013; and further calls on the Minister for Social Development to work with councils to complete capacity building programmes and to ensure that budgets are ring-fenced for neighbourhood renewal.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Net Fiscal Balance Report

That this Assembly notes that the performance of our economy is inherently variable and effective monitoring of local economic growth is a key challenge, further notes that building a sustainable economy is key objective of the Executive; and calls on the Minister of Finance and Personnel to develop accurate and timely economic data to inform current and future Executive strategies and objectives, including the production of an evidence based Net Fiscal Balance report which is focused upon building local economic sustainability and effectively monitoring economic growth.
01/09/2015Mr D McKay; Ms M Boyle
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; accepts the evaluation by the Committee on Climate Change in its report to the UK government, “Meeting Carbon Budgets – Progress in reducing the UK’s emissions”, that Northern Ireland’s progress in meeting its target of a 35 per cent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2025 is currently falling short of the reductions required; in a year when 190 of the world’s governments are meeting in Paris to reach an agreement on global greenhouse gas emissions, commits Northern Ireland to take the necessary actions to reach its targets; and calls on the Minister of the Environment to urgently introduce legislation to ensure that Northern Ireland contributes its fair share of emissions reductions to help stabilise the world's climate.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Northern Ireland's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

That this Assembly acknowledges the global climate change negotiations in Paris in December 2015; commits Northern Ireland to play its part in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions; views with concern the Committee on Climate Change’s recent evaluation to the UK government in its Report “Meeting Carbon Budgets – Progress in reducing the UK’s emissions” that Northern Ireland is falling behind on its emissions reduction targets; and calls on the Executive to implement the Committee’s three recommendations in respect of Northern Ireland, namely to improve the monitoring of agricultural emissions and the creation of a process for acting on its findings, to address the removal of non financial barriers to electric vehicles and to take action to facilitate heat networks.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Not in Education, Employment or Training

That this Assembly notes with concern the number of young people in Northern Ireland who are not in education, employment or training; and calls for the Minister for Employment and Learning to work with the Minister of Education to develop a cross Departmental strategy with SMART targets to tackle barriers to youth unemployment, education and training for the most disadvantaged and removes the current NEET label.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Opportunites of the Internet for Retailers

That this Assembly notes that many independent retailers view the internet as a potential threat to their business; further notes that many local businesses have enjoyed significant success by embracing the opportunities offered by online marketing and retail presence; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, in conjunction with InvestNI, Intertrade Ireland and agencies such as Log-On-NI, to roll out training, advice and support for retailers to encourage them to maximise the opportunities of e-commerce and to protect the local strong independent retail sector from further decline.
01/09/2015Mr P Flanagan; Ms M Fearon
Private Members' Motion Organ Donation

That this Assembly notes the percentage of the Northern Ireland adult population on the Organ Donor Register has increased to 42 per cent; welcomes that the 2014/15 NHS Blood and Transplant Organ Donation and Transplant Activity Report demonstrates Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom where the number of people donating organs is continuing to rise; commends the Public Health Agency’s recent Speak Up and Save a Life campaign; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to implement fully the NHS Blood and Transplant UK strategy on increasing organ donation and to ensure measures continue to be pursued to encourage people to join the Register and discuss their wishes with their family in order to improve consent and authorisation rates.
01/09/2015Mr A Ross; Mr G Dunne
Private Members' Motion Outreach Programmes

That this Assembly agrees on the need to engage more widely with civil society, pressure groups, families and organisations through a variety of forums; and calls on the Executive to work in partnership with the Assembly to encourage civic participation in political life.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Paramilitarism in Northern Ireland

That this Assembly notes with concern the wider challenge of dealing with the ongoing reality of paramilitarism in our society and the continued existence of paramilitary organisations in various guises; further notes that recent events have crystallised and confirmed the status quo is not sustainable; and calls for an Executive-wide strategy to end the impact of paramilitarism on our society.
01/09/2015Mr S Dickson; Mr C Lyttle; Ms A Lo
Private Members' Motion Petitions of Concern

That this Assembly notes with concern the increasingly frequent use of Petitions of Concern as a mechanisms for which it was never originally designed; accepts the abuse of such a mechanism is not conducive to the democratic process; and further notes that while reform of the process would require a change to primary legislation that it should no longet be used unless a detrimental impact on one section of the community can clearly be identified.
01/09/2015Mr R Swann; Mrs S Overend
Private Members' Motion Political Participation on the Curriculum

That this Assembly acknowledges the need for greater emphasis on political and democratic participation within school curricula across Northern Ireland; and calls on the Minister of Education to actively promote education as a platform for increasing awareness of politics in Northern Ireland amongst primary and post-primary aged children.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Powers to Remove Underperforming Teachers

That this Assembly recognises the important and positive impact that teachers have on students; acknowledges that in a very small number of cases the standard of teaching is failing young people; and calls on the Minister of Education to facilitate discussions, with teaching unions and other organisations with educational responsibilities, to produce an improved process whereby employers can remove teachers who, after adequate support and retraining, continue to underperform.
01/09/2015Mr P Frew; Mr P Weir
Private Members' Motion Presidential Voting Rights

That this Assembly recognises that the constitutional convention established by the Irish Government voted overwhelmingly in favour of extending voting rights in Irish presidential elections to citizens resident in this jurisdiction; notes with concern that there has been no constitutional referendum to extend this right; and calls on the Irish Government to act to do so without further delay.
01/09/2015Ms C Ruane; Ms M Fearon; Mr B McElduff
Private Members' Motion Provision in Day Care Centres

That this Assembly agrees that there is a lack of age-sensitive care within adult day care centres and there should be focus on the individual needs of people with learning difficulties and disabilities in order to offer the most appropriate choices for personal progress; further agrees on the need for transparency in the process by which day care centres are procured through Health and Social Care Trusts; and calls on the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety to review the provision of care, and develop better structures of support which give older people, those with learning difficulties or disabilities, increased options for day care, including retirement from centres to receive care at home.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Provision in Day Care Centres

That this Assembly agrees that there is a lack of age-sensitive care within adult day care centres and there should be focus on the individual needs of people with learning difficulties and disabilities in order to offer the most appropriate choices for personal progress; further agrees on the need for transparency in the process by which day care centres are procured through Health and Social Care Trusts; and calls on the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety to review the provision of care, and develop better structures of support which give older people, those with learning difficulties or disabilities, increased options for day care, including retirement from centres to receive care at home.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Public Petition Procedures

That this Assembly calls on the Committee for Procedures to undertake a review of the public petition procedures and to give consideration to the introduction of a more formal process similar to those used in other legislatures in the UK and Ireland.
01/09/2015Mr C Lyttle; Mr S Dickson
Private Members' Motion Puppy Farming

That this Assembly expresses its abhorrence at the practices of puppy farmers exposed by the BBC Panorama programme broadcast on 15 April 2015; affirms its commitment to the protection from cruelty of all animals; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to review existing dog breeding regulations and their enforcement; and further calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to establish and publish a list of approved breeders.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Racial Equality Strategy

That this Assembly notes the motion passed in July 2007 urging the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister to ensure the production of the second Implementation Action Plan of the Racial Equality Strategy; further notes a motion passed in May 2009 calling on the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister to review the current Race Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, in order to meet the same levels of protection throughout the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, and address the deficiencies in the Race Relations Order (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003; and calls for a Racial Equality Strategy which will result in strong governance and accountability mechanisms, a legislative timetable to review the current race laws, departmental race champions and action plans.
01/09/2015Ms A Lo; Mr T Lunn; Mrs J Cochrane
Private Members' Motion Rail Services between Belfast City Centre and Belfast International Airport

That this Assembly expresses its concern at the lack of competitiveness and availability of rail services between Belfast city centre and Belfast International Airport; calls on the Minister for Regional Development to investigate all options for remedial action including the re-introduction of the Lisburn to Antrim rail link.
01/09/2015Mr P Girvan; Mr T Clarke; Mr J Craig; Mr P Givan
Private Members' Motion Railways

That this Assembly notes the increased passenger numbers on Northern Ireland Railways; recognises the resulting benefits for public health, the environment and road safety; and calls on the Executive to ensure the Minister for Regional Development is provided with the necessary funds to ensure the success to date in attracting people from road to rail transport is not undermined.
01/09/2015Mr J Byrne; Mr J Dallat
Private Members' Motion Rates Review

That this Assembly notes with concern the Quarterly Economic Survey by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry which states that 80 per cent of businesses believe rates are damaging their growth and that rates are an increasing tax burden which government could lessen with more effective relief measures; and calls on the Minister of Finance and Personnel urgently to carry out a review of the business rates system, and amend the rates system to reflect business rather than property size in order to better support the development of businesses as the lifeblood of our economy.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Reasonable Accommodation in Equality Legislation

That this Assembly notes with concern the action taken by the Equality Commission against Ashers Bakery; and calls for a review of equality legislation that will provide reasonable accommodation for the religious beliefs of service providers in the provision of goods, services and facilities.
01/09/2015Mr P Givan; Mr E Poots
Private Members' Motion Regulation of Animal Sanctuaries and Rescue Centres

That this Assembly notes that the licensing of pet shops, animal boarding, riding and zoological establishments is regulated by the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 1972; recognises that the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 and the Dogs Amendment Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 strengthened animal welfare and enforcement policies; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to bring forward proposals to regulate animal sanctuaries and rescue centres to ensure that they are licensed and operate in a manner similar to that already in place for other establishments.
01/09/2015Mrs J Dobson; Mr R Swann
Private Members' Motion Regulation of the Use of Snares

That this Assembly recognises the enormous suffering caused by the unregulated use of snares; and calls on the Minister of the Environment to follow the lead of the Scottish Government and introduce a licensing system for the use of snares.
01/09/2015Mr R Newton; Mr J Wells
Private Members' Motion Religious Imbalance in Regional Colleges

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Employment and Learning to bring forward a programme to address the imbalance in the number of Protestants and Catholics attending Regional Colleges.
01/09/2015Mr A Easton; Mr T Buchanan
Private Members' Motion Relocation of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Headquarters

That this Assembly notes the proposed relocation of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development 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 and Rural Development 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.
01/09/2015Mrs J Dobson; Mr R Swann
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 into 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 of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to remove this statutory duty in the forthcoming Energy Bill.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Removal of Illegal Terrorist Roadside Monuments

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Regional Development to remove the 18 illegal Republican terrorist roadside monuments.
01/09/2015Mr A Easton; Mr P Girvan; Mr D McIlveen; Mr P Weir
Private Members' Motion Residential Care Homes and the Care of Older People

That this Assembly acknowledges the distress experienced by some older people through fear of the closure of statutory residential homes following Health and Social Care Trust's proposals in Spring 2013 as well as plans approved by the Health and Social Care Board to close 10 out of 19 of Northern Ireland’s residential care homes; supports the need to improve the quality of care provision for older people through engagement with the Patient Client Council, the Commissioner for Older People and Age NI and other appropriate voluntary/community sector groups; encourages the effective implementation of domiciliary care packages as a replacement for care provided within Health and Social Care Trust run residential care homes; further supports the independence for older people through the introduction of a range of options; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to ensure that the Health and Social Care Board is held to its commitment that no older person will be forced from their home, and that any new process is simple, transparent and allows for honest dialogue with residents, families and staff.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Review of Access to Finance for NI Businesses

That this Assembly recognises that the issue of accessing credit is a major concern for business, particularly small and medium sized enterprises; notes the publication of the report by the Economic Advisory Group entitled a Review of Access to Finance for NI Businesses; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail how they are acting on the relevant recommendations contained in the report.
01/09/2015Mr R Swann; Mr A Cochrane-Watson
Private Members' Motion Review of Financial Process

That this Assembly agrees that sufficient scrutiny of the financial process is fundamentally important in the accountability for public spending; recognises the work done by the previous Committee for Finance and Personnel in its Budget Scrutiny Inquiry; and calls on the Minister of Finance and Personnel to outline why there has been an unacceptable delay in reforming the financial process and to take immediate action to drive this reform forward.
01/09/2015Mr L Cree
Private Members' Motion Road and Water Infrastructure at Shackleton

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Regional Development to expedite the adoption process for the road and water infrastructure at the former Ministry of Defence bases, including Shackleton Barracks.
01/09/2015Mr G Robinson; Mr T Clarke; Mr G Campbell; Mr A McQuillan
Private Members' Motion Road Drainage Systems

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Regional Development to investigate standard operating procedures within Transport NI to ensure that the cleaning out and inspection of road drainage systems are appropriate, fit for purpose and cost effective to negate the threat of flooding to homes and property.
01/09/2015Mr P Frew; Mr T Clarke; Mrs B Hale; Mr S Moutray
Private Members' Motion Robotic Assisted Radical Prostatectomies

That this Assembly notes the potential benefits to men suffering from prostate cancer of a Robotic Assisted Radical Prostatectomy; further notes that Robotic Assisted Radical Prostatectomies are available through the NHS in England, Scotland and Wales and private health insurance in centres in Dublin and Galway but remain unavailable locally; recognises that the British Association of Urological Surgeons suggests that each surgeon carrying out Robotic Assisted Radical Prostatectomies should ideally be undertaking at least 50-100 cases per annum to maintain skill and to deliver the best possible outcomes, and that any centre should be carrying out at least 160-200 procedures per year; further recognises that there are only around 50 men locally who currently receive this procedure and that a standalone service would likely be unsustainable; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to explore ways in which a cross-border approach to the delivery of Robotic Assisted Radical Prostatectomies could deliver sustainable numbers of surgeries to allow clinicians to maintain skill and deliver best outcomes for people with prostate cancer.
01/09/2015Mr P Flanagan; Mr O McMullan; Ms M McLaughlin
Private Members' Motion Rural Broadband

That this Assembly notes the connectivity issues faced by households, individuals, businesses and enterprises in rural areas; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Industry to work with the UK Government to continue to develop better connectivity in rural areas, to update old dwellings where high speed broadband cannot be supported, and to develop the necessary infrastructure so that high speed broadband can be provided.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Rural Crime

That this Assembly notes with concern the increased problem of rural crime; further notes that incidences of rural crime, such as livestock rustling and machinery theft are becoming increasingly common; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Minister of Justice to work together to bring forward a strategy to proactively tackle rural crime.
01/09/2015Mrs J Dobson; Mr R Swann
Private Members' Motion Rural Enterprise

That this Assembly acknowledges the importance of the agri-food sector and rural enterprises to the prosperity of rural areas; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to invest and develop the skills of rural entrepreneurs within and outside of farming communities.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Rural Isolation and Community Transport

That this Assembly notes with concern the number of older people living in rural areas that are isolated through lack of access to services and facilities and face loneliness due to their geographical position; calls on the Minister for Regional Development to address rural isolation by appropriate investment in rural community transport; and further calls on the Executive to collaborate across Departments to develop a strategy for addressing rural isolation and lack of access to services.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Rural Schools

That this Assembly agrees that local schools are at the centre of many rural communities; and calls on the Minister of Education and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to collaborate to develop a rural schools policy, in order to sustain rural schools through providing the necessary infrastructure, including the provision of safe school transport.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Security of Electricity Supply

That this Assembly notes the publication of the All-Island Generation Capacity Statement 2013-2022 by the System Operators Northern Ireland and EirGrid; expresses concern at the fragility of the projected electricity availability and at the lack of specific schemes to improve the security of supply to homes and businesses in Northern Ireland; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to outline the action being taken to provide long term security of supply.
01/09/2015Mr R Beggs; Mr A Cochrane-Watson
Private Members' Motion Shared Neighbourhoods

That this Assembly expressing its disappointment at the slow pace of creating 'shared neighbourhoods' when designing social housing schemes; and calls for landmark ‘Shared Housing Review’ of residential segregation and equality of housing provision in Northern Ireland to be undertaken by a commission of international and local reputation and expertise tasked to produce detailed practical recommendations for government and community action.
01/09/2015Mr C Lyttle; Mr S Dickson
Private Members' Motion Small Businesses

That this Assembly acknowledges the contribution that small businesses make to the economy; further acknowledges that 99.9 per cent of all businesses in Northern Ireland are SMEs, providing employment for around 347,000 people; agrees that a balance should be struck between attracting foreign investment and developing local businesses; and calls for a strategy focused on supporting small businesses which would increase knowledge of support, address access to finance, redevelop local shopping districts, increase exports from small business and develop start-ups in key sectors of the economy.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Smart-metering Technology

That this Assembly notes the twin benefits of smart-metering technology in meeting carbon reduction targets and tackling fuel poverty; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to integrate the use of this technology into the wider energy strategy.
01/09/2015Mr K McCarthy; Mr T Lunn
Private Members' Motion Social Action Responsibility and Heroism Bill

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Justice to bring forward a bill which would replicate the provisions in the Social Action Responsibility and Heroism Act 2015 in order to protect those members of society who volunteer, help others or intervene in an emergency, to ensure that the courts consider the context of their actions in the event of any legal action being taken for negligence or breach of statutory duty.
01/09/2015Mr O McMullan; Ms M McLaughlin; Mr S Lynch; Mr C Hazzard
Private Members' Motion Social Investment Fund

That this Assembly notes the consistent delays in allocating and spending money from the Social Investment Fund; believes this situation is unacceptable; further notes the detrimental impact that this has had on groups that could have availed of such funding; criticises the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister for their failure to work collegiately on spending this money; and calls for this money to be re-directed as a matter of urgency to other programmes which seek to reduce social need.
01/09/2015Mr C Lyttle; Mrs J Cochrane; Mr S Dickson
Private Members' Motion Social Services, Kinship Care and Fostering

That this Assembly recognises the vital work of Foster and Kinship carers in providing respite and a home for children in need; further recognises that Health and Social Care Trusts have a duty to maintain and support formal placements for children under The Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995; expresses concern at the disparity in accessing services for kinship carers; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to include provisions for both Foster and Kinship care within the Adoption Bill whereby adequate financial support, parental leave, and employment opportunities are assured for all carers.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Sow Stall Ban

That this Assembly notes that in 2001 the Pigs Directive was agreed which, among other things, banned the sow stall from 1 January 2013; further notes that in the United Kingdom the use of such methods has been banned since 1999; expresses concern that recently published data from the European Commission reveals that only 13 Member States are fully compliant with the Directive; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to engage with the European Commission to ensure that the current unfair competition between compliant and non-compliant countries is brought to an end and that consumers are no longer unwittingly buying and consuming illegally produced meat products.
01/09/2015Mrs J Dobson; Mr R Swann
Private Members' Motion Stalking

That this Assembly notes with concern that for too long stalking has remained a hidden crime, which is not only insidious and terrifying, but that can result in psychological harm and, in the most serious of cases, murder; and calls on the Minister of Justice to examine whether the introduction of new legislation to protect and safeguard victims of stalking is needed in Northern Ireland.
01/09/2015Mr A Ross; Mr P Weir; Ms P Bradley
Private Members' Motion Standardised Assessment System for all Primary School Pupils

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Education to implement a robust, effective and credible standardised assessment system for all primary school pupils.
01/09/2015Mr P Weir; Mr J Craig; Mr R Newton; Mr N McCausland
Private Members' Motion Strategy on Youth Participation in Sport

That this Assembly notes the annual number of deaths as a result of obesity-related illnesses and the opportunities to reduce long-term health costs by investing in sport; further notes that sport participation rates in Northern Ireland are among the lowest in the United Kingdom and Ireland; and calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to develop a cross-departmental strategy, which highlights key targets and performance indicators, to increase youth participation in sport.
01/09/2015Mr C Lyttle; Ms A Lo; Mr K McCarthy; Mrs J Cochrane
Private Members' Motion Support for families caring for loved ones with Autism

That this Assembly reviews its commitment to families who care for loved ones with Autism, taking into account the daily mental, physical and financial stress that affects these families.
01/09/2015Mr D McIlveen; Mrs P Cameron
Private Members' Motion Tackling Educational Inequality

That this Assembly recognises the crucial role that schools, parents and local communities play in encouraging education and enabling children and young people to reach their full potential; notes the dangers of continuing educational underachievement and inequalities; further notes the recent changes to the Common Funding Scheme that was meant to tackle this inequality but which instead reduced resources from the majority of schools; and calls on the Minister of Education to drop his previous proposals and introduce a stand-alone pupil bonus scheme whereby schools would receive additional money based on how many pupils qualify for free school meals or on local levels of deprivation based on information contained in Super Output Areas.
01/09/2015Mrs S Overend; Mr R Hussey; Mr R Beggs
Private Members' Motion The Implementation of Together: Building a United Community

That this Assembly notes it is over two years since the Executive agreed to implement the Together: Building a United Community strategy; further notes in particular it aims to develop shared schools and shared communities; believes that the implementation of the strategy should be the first stage in a wider process of building a shared future; expresses its concern that implementation to date is inconsistent; and calls on the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister to present a progress report on the implementation, by Departments, of Together: Building a United Community.
01/09/2015Mr C Lyttle; Mr T Lunn; Mr S Dickson
Private Members' Motion The Northern Ireland Food Animal Information System

That this Assembly notes that the Northern Ireland Food Animal Information System (NIFAIS) will replace the Animal and Public Health Information System (APHIS) as the primary repository for information on agricultural animals and their keepers; notes that final projected costs of the new programme have yet to be confirmed despite a definitive decision to proceed with the scheme; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to revisit the business case for the NIFAIS in order to determine whether any cost savings can be made.
01/09/2015Mrs J Dobson; Mr R Swann
Private Members' Motion Threats and Risks to General Practice

That this Assembly notes the British Medical Association NI 2015 report, General Practice in Northern Ireland: The case for change, that highlights the threats to and the risk of the closure of General Practices; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline his proposals for assessing the demand for GP services, to formulate an action plan to address the risks raised in the report, and to work with the Minister for Employment and Learning to discuss ways of encouraging Medical Students to specialise in General Partitioning in order to sustain this vital community service across Northern Ireland.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
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 completely sovereignty and jeopardises democratic politics; and calls on the UK Government to reject TTIP and CETA.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Translink Concessionary Fare Scheme

That this Assembly notes that the Concessionary Fare Scheme provides a half fare for those under 16 years of age on all Translink ticket products; further notes that the Half Fare Smart Pass allows people with disabilities to receive half fares on full price tickets only, thereby incurring greater costs for the Department for Regional Development; and calls on the Minister for Regional Development to extend the half fare for people with disabilities to all Translink ticket products.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion UK Membership of the European Union

That this Assembly believes that the nature of the relationship between the United Kingdom and the European institutions has fundamentally altered since the UK voted to remain within these institutions in the 1975 Common Market referendum; recognises that the failure to consult the people of the UK over the ensuing years on fundamental constitutional changes and transfers of power away from the UK into the European structures has fed cynicism about, and disillusionment with, politics; and supports a referendum on the UK's continued membership of the European Union.
01/09/2015Mr A Easton; Mr P Weir
Private Members' Motion Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund

That this Assembly notes the success of the Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund and the excellent viewing figures for the programmes supported through the fund; calls on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to ensure that in any conversations with the UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) she seeks to secure an uplift to put the Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund on a par with the Irish Language Broadcast Fund; and calls on the Department of Culture, Media and Sports to initiate an independent review of both funds to assist in shaping any extensions to the funds.
01/09/2015Mr N McCausland; Mr G Dunne; Mr D Hilditch; Mr W Humphrey
Private Members' Motion Unhealthy Snack Choices at Supermarket Checkout Areas

That this Assembly calls on all local supermarkets to help to reduce the increasing incidences of childhood obesity and diabetes through removing unhealthy snack choices from their checkouts.
01/09/2015Mrs P Cameron; Mr A Easton
Private Members' Motion Unpaid National Insurance Contributions for Private Vets

That this Assembly notes that the Department of Agriculture and Rural has been ordered by HM Revenue and Customs to pay over £2.1m in National Insurance backdated contributions for private vets who have been undertaking bovine tuberculosis testing on farms; expresses concern at the Department's significant oversight; and recognises that this cost must not be passed to local farmers and farm businesses; accepts the Department relies too heavily on the services of private vets; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail how she is going to fund this unexpected pressure.
01/09/2015Mrs J Dobson; Mr R Swann
Private Members' Motion Use of Ballykelly Shackleton Regeneration Site

That this Assembly notes the proposed relocation of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development headquarters as outlined in the 2011-2015 Budget Spending and Savings Proposals; agrees that public sector jobs should be spread equally across all areas of Northern Ireland; expresses concern regarding the inclusion of community and voluntary organisations in the procurement process, and their access to space within the Shackleton site; calls on the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister to engage with the community and voluntary sector in the Ballykelly and wider North West area so communities can benefit holistically from this redevelopment.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Use of Jet Skis

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of the Environment to work with the Coastguard in drawing up new standards for the use of jet skis in the marine environment to ensure that Coastal Councils will introduce new by-laws to protect people who use beaches and the marine environment for recreational purposes.
01/09/2015Mr O McMullan; Mr C Boylan; Mr B McElduff; Mr I Milne
Private Members' Motion Victims and Survivors

That this Assembly notes the Victims and Survivors (Northern Ireland) Bill 2013-14 being brought forward at Westminster; endorses the proposals to include victims and survivors as a specified group for the purposes of the equality duty under section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act and to provide clear guidance on a definition of a victim of the troubles; and calls on all parties at Westminster to support this Private Members' Bill.
01/09/2015Mr P Weir; Mrs B Hale; Mr S Moutray
Private Members' Motion Voluntary Early Redundancy Scheme for Prison Officers

That this Assembly notes the completion of the Voluntary Early Redundancy scheme for the Northern Ireland Prison Service as part of an invest-to-save scheme within the Prison Service Reform Programme; and calls on the Minister of Justice to review how this scheme was implemented and the current impact on resources within prisons to deliver a safe and effective prison regime.
01/09/2015Mr S Anderson; Mr P Weir
Private Members' Motion Voluntary Search and Rescue Organisations

That this Assembly recognises the vital work Voluntary Search and Rescue Organisations, such as the North West Mountain Rescue Team, do in providing valuable support to the statutory emergency services; calls on the Minister of Justice to provide sufficient funding for these organisations; and further calls on the Minister of Justice to investigate and provide other means of practical support, such as locating indoor storage facilities for servicing and fuelling vehicles and equipment in line with PSNI vehicles to further reduce costs.
01/09/2015Mr P Frew; Mr S Douglas
Private Members' Motion Voting Rights

That this Assembly notes the extension of voting rights to people aged sixteen and seventeen for the recent 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.
01/09/2015Ms M Fearon; Mr P Flanagan; Mr C Hazzard; Mr D McKay
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 1970's; notes that the wealth of the top 1 percent has increased from 1 percent in 1970 to 14.3% 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 and Personnel to establish measurements of wealth inequality and an establish a target with the objective of reducing wealth inequality in Northern Ireland.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Wellbeing as a Measure of Economic Performance and Social Progress

That this Assembly welcomes the publication of the Carnegie UK Trust's report entitled Measuring Wellbeing in Northern Ireland; notes the increasing use by many governments of the concept of wellbeing to measure economic performance and social progress; and calls upon the Minister of Finance and Personnel to develop a wellbeing based approach to measuring outcomes as part of his public sector reform agenda.
01/09/2015Mr A Ross; Mr P Girvan; Mr P Weir; Mr I McCrea
Private Members' Motion Wind turbines and Health

That this Assembly acknowledges the harmful impacts of wind turbines on the health and well-being of those who live with Autism, which increases pressure on family members who already face every day issues related to caring for relatives with autism; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to listen to the families voicing concerns, and re-examine the set-back distance from housing, for erecting wind turbines.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Winter Service Route Optimisation Project

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Regional Development to give assurances that the Winter Service Route Optimisation project will be rural proofed and that the gritting schedule will not be reduced in terms of personnel or machinery as a result of the project.
01/09/2015Mr D McAleer; Mr C Ó hOisín; Mr S Lynch
Private Members' Motion Women, Peace and Security

That this assembly calls on the executive to fully implement the ‘UN Security Council Resolution 1325 Women Peace and Security’ in Northern Ireland.
01/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Work Expereince

That this Assembly notes the CBI Report on Education and Employer Partnerships in Northern Ireland; agrees on the need for better links between schools and businesses through work placements; and calls on the Minister of Education and Minister for Employment and Learning to encourage the development of strong in-house careers education programmes in all schools, as related to future employment trends, by enabling relevant teaching staff to access regular professional development opportunities and pursue up-to-date professional qualifications.
01/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Food Surplus Distribution

That this Assembly welcomes the changes to legislation in France regarding food waste distribution; recognises that a significant amount of food surplus is created at the distribution, retail and consumption stage in Northern Ireland; is committed to supporting charities processing food donations and recognises their positive work locally; and calls on the Executive to strengthen its commitment to charities seeking to distribute donations of food approaching its expiry date, to people living in poverty and social inequality.
02/09/2015Mrs J Cochrane; Mr S Dickson
Private Members' Motion Blood Donations

That this Assembly recognises the importance of blood transfusions for enhancing and saving lives; further recognises the ongoing need to replenish low blood stocks; notes the lack of scientific and medical evidence available to uphold the lifetime ban on sexually active gay men giving blood; and calls upon the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to lift this ban and introduce a detection based deferral system similar to other jurisdictions.
07/09/2015Mr F McKinney; Mr C Eastwood; Ms C Hanna
Private Members' Motion Delays in Planning Decisions

That this Assembly notes with concern the reported increased backlog in planning approvals following the transfer of powers to local councils on 1 April 2015; further notes the negative impact slow planning applications have on the economy; and calls on the Minister of the Environment to publish an Executive target for the average length of time a planning application should take to be processed to conclusion by any local council.
07/09/2015Mr J McCallister; Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Mineral Exploration

That this Assembly believes that all mineral exploration, including for petroleum and shale gas, should be subject to full planning permission and public consultation; and calls on the Minister of the Environment to rescind Part 16 of the Planning (General Permitted Development) Order (Northern Ireland) 2015 and bring Northern Ireland into line with other regions of the UK.
08/09/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Waste Management

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of the Environment 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.
08/09/2015Mr B McElduff; Mr C Boylan; Mr I Milne
Private Members' Motion Crimes Against Older People

That this Assembly expresses concern at the levels of crime against older people across Northern Ireland, and the fear and intimidation that many older people experience; notes with concern the number of recorded offences against older people in recent years, and the vulnerability of older people in rural and isolated areas; welcomes the new targets included in the Policing Plan 2015-2016 which are aimed at bringing more offenders to justice; and calls on the Executive and the PSNI to take positive action to address crimes committed against older people.
17/09/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Divestment from Fossil Fuels

That this Assembly notes the warning from the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority of a serious financial risk associated with investments in fossil fuels; recognises that in order to prevent warming over 2 degrees centigrade, three quarters of fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground; expresses concern that a number of public sector pension schemes continue to invest in fossil fuels; and calls on the Assembly Commission, Northern Ireland Local Government Officers' Superannuation Committee, the Northern Ireland Civil Service, Queen's University Belfast and Ulster University to divest from fossil fuels.
08/10/2015Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Northern Ireland Qualifying for the 2016 European Championships

That this Assembly congratulates the Northern Ireland team players, manager and staff on qualifying for the 2016 European Championships.
09/10/2015Mr A Allen
Private Members' Motion Establishment of an Air Ambulance Service

That this Assembly recognises the life saving benefits of establishing an air ambulance service for Northern Ireland; understands that such a service has the potential to treat up to 2500 trauma patients per year including a substantial number of major trauma cases; notes the potential of utilising an air ambulance service for treating patients suffering from stroke and cardiac arrest; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to pursue the establishment of such a service without delay.
13/10/2015Mr F McKinney; Mr S Rogers
Private Members' Motion Planning for Older People's Care

That this Assembly recognises that the population of older people is growing faster in Northern Ireland than in any other part of both the UK and the Republic of Ireland; welcomes that more people are living longer and healthier lives; values the positive contributions older people make to society; expresses concern at the lack of future planning and investment in services to enable older people to live dignified and fulfilled lives; further expresses concern at the failure of Transforming Your Care; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to ensure Transforming Your Care supports and allows older people to live more independent lives by providing certainty that they will receive proper care if and when required.
13/10/2015Mr F McKinney
Private Members' Motion World Down Syndrome Day

That this Assembly supports the United Nations in designating the 21 March of each year as World Down Syndrome Day; and recognises the valuable contribution that people with Down syndrome, and their families, make to society.
16/10/2015Mr O McMullan; Ms B McGahan; Ms M Boyle
Private Members' Motion Community Education Programmes

That this Assembly expresses its concern about the cuts to community education programmes and the impact that these cuts have on young peoples' and adults' educational achievements, social inclusion and lifetime opportunities; and calls on the Minister for Employment and Learning to ensure that community-based education programmes are properly resourced and recognised for the contribution they make.
22/10/2015Ms J McCann; Mr F McCann
Private Members' Motion Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month 2015

That this Assembly notes that November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and that 13 November 2015 is designated World Pancreatic Cancer Day; congratulates pancreatic cancer charities and their supporters for the various activities being carried out to raise awareness of the disease; recognises that pancreatic cancer is the cause of approximately 6 per cent of all cancer deaths across Northern Ireland, with 236 deaths recorded in 2013; further notes the disease has the worst five-year survival rate of the 21 most common cancers, at less than 5 per cent, a figure which has remained virtually unchanged over the past 40 years; acknowledges that more than 40 per cent of patients visit their GP three or more times before being referred to hospital and that many patients begin treatment for other illnesses before they are diagnosed correctly; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to work with service providers, charities and relevant professional bodies to bring about long overdue improvements to pancreatic cancer awareness, diagnosis, treatment, care and research.
23/10/2015Mr T Buchanan
Private Members' Motion Sugar Tax

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to consider the merits of a sugar tax on drinks with a high sugar content as a protection for children's teeth, and to report his findings back to the Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety within a three month period.
23/10/2015Mr D McNarry
Private Members' Motion Congenital Heart Disease Network

That this Assembly notes the development of a single Congenital Heart Disease Network in Ireland and the decision of the previous Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to accept and implement all recommendations of the International Working Group on Congenital Cardiac Services; notes the aim that children would have surgery in Dublin with pre-operative and post-operative care being delivered in Belfast; expresses concern and deep disappointment that the decision to cease operations in Belfast was taken some 15 to 18 months before the new model is fully in place and that this has led to greater numbers of families and young people being forced to travel to England for surgery; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to intervene to ensure that some primary provision can be offered in Belfast until Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin, at the very least, has sufficient capacity.
02/11/2015Mr R Swann; Mrs J Dobson
Private Members' Motion European Social Fund

That this Assembly notes the valuable role that the community and voluntary sector plays in providing effective and efficient frontline services that address educational underachievement; expresses concern at the poor management of the European Social Fund Programme by the Department for Employment and Learning and at the detrimental impact this has had on applicants; and calls on the Minister for Employment and Learning to ensure that these failings are rectified.
02/11/2015Mr P Weir; Mr A Easton; Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Pulse Oximetry

That this Assembly recognises that pulse oximetry is a straightforward, cost effective and non-invasive screening test on newborns to detect levels of oxygen saturation; notes that recording oxygen saturation levels can be an early indicator for a range of medical problems such as heart and respiratory defects; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to introduce pulse oximetry for all new born infants to screen for life threatening congenital heart defects.
02/11/2015Mr R Swann; Mrs J Dobson
Private Members' Motion Funding for the Community Arts

That this Assembly notes the recent in-year cuts imposed on arts organisations by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure; further notes her stated wish to redistribute money to community arts; believes that many of the organisations facing in-year cuts are actually promoting community arts as part of their work; and further believes that these in-year cuts will hinder the ability of all organisations to promote community arts.
03/11/2015Ms A Lo; Mr C Lyttle
Private Members' Motion Health Service Funded Fertility Treatment

That this Assembly notes the recommendations of the All Party Group on Infertility regarding the commissioning policy and access criteria for Health Service funded fertility treatment, in particular the recommendation to commission a second cycle of in vitro fertilisation treatment in line with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance on fertility issued in 2014 and 2013; calls for these recommendations to be endorsed formally by the Executive and the Health and Social Care Board; and further calls for the adoption of an interim measure of one full cycle of in vitro fertilisation or intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection treatment.
04/11/2015Mrs P Cameron; Mr C Lyttle; Ms A Lo; Ms R McCorley
Private Members' Motion Criminal Justice Inspectorate Report into Maghaberry Prison

That this Assembly notes with concern the recent report by the Criminal Justice Inspectorate into Maghaberry Prison; and calls on the Minister of Justice to implement the recommendations in full and to publish an Implementation Plan which will be acted upon with the urgency and immediacy required.
06/11/2015Mr R McCartney; Mr S Lynch; Ms B McGahan
Private Members' Motion Inequalities in Education

That this Assembly notes that the Equality Commission's draft statement Key Inequalities in Education has reported that inequality in education has become worse in Northern Ireland since 2007; further notes the statement that many inequalities remain persistent and hard to tackle; expresses its concern about under-achievements by some groups in society, particularly on the basis of gender, religion and race; believes that it is unacceptable that such inequalities exist within our education system and that equal opportunity must be at the heart of education reforms; and calls on the Minister of Education to outline how he plans to address these inequalities as a matter of urgency.
06/11/2015Mr T Lunn; Mr C Lyttle
Private Members' Motion Epilepsy Service Provision

That this Assembly commends the work of the Assembly All Party Group on Epilepsy and the Northern Ireland Advisory Council of Epilepsy Action; and calls on the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to establish a patient led approach to epilepsy service provision with a particular emphasis on the protection and extension of specialist epilepsy nurses, and the creation of a database which will enable service provision to be directed towards the most used service areas for the benefit of the 20,000 individuals in Northern Ireland, and their families, that live with epilepsy, and to ensure best use of resources.
10/11/2015Mr G Robinson; Mr C Boylan; Mrs P Cameron; Mr K McCarthy; Mrs J Dobson
Private Members' Motion Online Harrassment

That this Assembly notes the growing problem of online harassment; recognises the significance of a recent statement from the Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan concerning the inadequacy of current legislation to deal with this growing area of crime and believes that it is essential that the PSNI and the Judiciary are empowered to effectively deal with these issues.
10/11/2015Mr B McCrea
Private Members' Motion Protecting Bursaries for Student Nurses

That this Assembly acknowledges the invaluable contribution that nurses make to the Health Service; notes the current shortage of qualified nurses in Northern Ireland and the unprecedented pressures faced by the nursing workforce as a result of this shortfall; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to increase the capacity of the sector by ensuring that bursaries for student nurses are protected in Northern Ireland, and that nursing students are encouraged to study at local universities.
01/12/2015Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion GCSE Grading System

That this Assembly expresses concern at the decision by the Minister of Education not to make changes to the GCSE grading system for Northern Ireland; believes that this decision will leave some pupils disadvantaged in obtaining university places and employment, reduces the examination choices for schools and the opportunity to compare GCSE results with other parts of the United Kingdom; and calls on the Minister of Education to make such changes to the GCSE grading system as to enable direct comparability with England, complete portability of grades and to maintain a full open market in qualifications for schools in Northern Ireland.
04/12/2015Mr P Weir; Mr J Craig; Mr R Newton; Mr N McCausland
Private Members' Motion Parity of Service Provision in Councils

That this Assembly commits to ring-fencing £18.325m within the Executive budget from 2016/17 onwards, until a detailed review is undertaken in conjunction with Local Government to determine the level of future need for councils with proven socio-economic need to achieve parity of service provision with councils with stronger, more sustainable rates bases.
05/01/2016Ms C Sugden; Mr R Hussey
Private Members' Motion Acquittal of Pastor James McConnell

That this Assembly welcomes the recent acquittal of Pastor James McConnell; and regrets the prosecution as an unnecessary attempt to curb freedom of speech.
07/01/2016Mr J Allister
Private Members' Motion Social Value Bill

That this Assembly notes the innovation and potential for cost savings that the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 facilitates in the procurement of public services in England and Wales; expresses concern that Northern Ireland is not maximising social value in the procurement of public services; and calls on the Minister of Finance and Personnel to introduce primary legislation to ensure that, in assessing bids to deliver public services, Executive Departments and local government consider the potential social, economic and environmental benefits for Northern Ireland.
25/01/2016Mr S Dickson; Mr A Cochrane-Watson; Ms B McGahan; Mr S Douglas; Mr P McGlone
Private Members' Motion Cervical Cancer Prevention

That this Assembly notes that the 24 to 30 January 2016 is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week; recognises the importance of cervical screening in the eradication of cervical cancer as it can detect abnormal cells on the cervix before they develop into cancer; is concerned at the continued decline in the uptake of invitations to screening; further notes that almost 30 per cent of 25-29 year olds and 60-64 year olds do not attend their screening, even though over 100,000 women are invited for screening each year; notes that many of the women invited for screening tests but who do not attend are from disadvantaged groups; calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and the Minister for Social Development to support the #SmearForSmear campaign led by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust to encourage women to attend screening; and encourages Members, clinicians and policymakers to support both the campaign and Cervical Cancer Prevention Week in the fight to eradicate cervical cancer.
26/01/2016Ms C Sugden
Private Members' Motion Opposition to Schedule - Consideration Stage - Assembly and Executive Reform (Assembly Opposition) Bill (NIA Bill 62/11-16)

Opposition to Schedule - Consideration Stage - Assembly and Executive Reform (Assembly Opposition) Bill (NIA Bill 62/11-16)
27/01/2016Mr R McCartney; Ms C Ruane; Mr P Sheehan

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