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Motion TypeMotionTabled DateTablers
Committee Motion Committee Membership

That Mr Gordon Lyons replace Mr Peter Weir as a member of the Business Committee.
25/05/2016Mr T Clarke
Committee Motion Appointments to the Assembly Commission

That, in accordance with Standing Order 79, the following shall be appointed to be Members of the Assembly Commission: The Speaker (ex officio); Mr J Wells; Mr A Maskey; Mr R Hussey; Mr A Attwood; and Mr S Dickson.
26/05/2016Mr T Clarke; Ms C Ní Chuilín; Mr R Swann; Mr A Attwood; Mr S Dickson
Committee Motion Membership of Standing Committees

That, in accordance with Standing Order 52(3), the membership of the Standing Committees as detailed in NIA 2/16-21 be approved.
26/05/2016Mr T Clarke; Ms C Ní Chuilín; Mr R Swann; Mr A Attwood; Mr S Dickson
Committee Motion Membership of Statutory Committees

That, in accordance with Standing Order 49(3), the membership of the Statutory Committees as detailed in NIA 1/16-21 be approved.
26/05/2016Mr T Clarke; Ms C Ní Chuilín; Mr R Swann; Mr A Attwood; Mr S Dickson
Committee Motion Suspension of Standing Order 20(1)

That Standing Order 20(1) be suspended for 31 May 2016.
26/05/2016Mr T Clarke; Ms C Ní Chuilín; Mr R Swann; Mr A Attwood; Mr S Dickson
Private Members' Motion Abattoir CCTV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Communities to review urgently the Landlord Regulation Scheme to ensure that it can both cope with this unregulated sector and protect tenants.
17/05/2016Mr A Maskey; Mr F McCann
Private Members' Motion Living Wage Employer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That this Assembly notes with concern the application by Infrastrata to drill at Woodburn Forest, County Antrim; recognises the concerns of residents in County Antrim over drilling proposals at the forest; and calls on the Executive to ensure that such applications are not approved until assurances are secured against any negative potential impacts on water supply, the environment, tourism and local communities.
18/05/2016Mr O McMullan; Mr G Kelly
Private Members' Motion Business Recycling

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

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

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

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

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

That this Assembly notes with concern the proposals from the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland to close regional electoral offices in Ballymena, Banbridge, Londonderry, Newtownabbey, Newtownards and Omagh; believes that this will damage democracy in Northern Ireland, lead to fewer people on the electoral register and to a diminished role for the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland in local schools and communities; and calls on the Secretary of State, the Northern Ireland Office and the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland to retain and fund adequately all regional offices currently under threat of closure.
20/05/2016Mr P Frew; Mr S Anderson; Mr T Buchanan; Mrs P Cameron
Private Members' Motion Article 71 of the Fair Employment and Equal Treatment Order 1998

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

This Assembly notes the need for better provision of broadband and an expansion of mobile phone coverage in rural areas; and calls on the Minister for the Economy to ensure Northern Ireland has a modern telecommunication network that enables existing businesses to compete and attract foreign direct investment.
26/05/2016Mrs S Bradley; Mr C McGrath
Private Members' Motion Childcare

That this Assembly believes that childcare provision is of utmost importance to families; recognises that the cost of childcare is a key barrier for those in training or seeking work; and calls on the Minister of Education to safeguard existing funding for childcare, to increase the provision of free pre-school childcare for children aged three and four years to a minimum of 20 hours per week in the current financial year, and to bring forward proposals to increase the provision to 30 hours per week.
26/05/2016Ms C Hanna; Mr A Attwood
Private Members' Motion Early Years

That this Assembly recognises that the early years of a child’s life are crucial for their subsequent development; further recognises that a child’s experiences in the early years of life go on to have multiple impacts on health, educational achievement and opportunities; believes that it is vital that every child has the highest level of support; and calls on the Northern Ireland Executive to work in collaboration to introduce a bespoke and robust Early Years Bill to provide a clear legislative framework for the co-ordination, funding, development and delivery of early years education, care and support services by public bodies in conjunction with the community and voluntary sector.
26/05/2016Ms C Hanna; Mr A Attwood
Private Members' Motion Licensing Reform

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

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for the Economy to commission a manufacturing strategy for Northern Ireland.
26/05/2016Mr R Swann; Mr S Aiken
Private Members' Motion Numeric Grading for GCSEs

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

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

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

That this Assembly calls on the Executive to review the cost-effectiveness of Tourism Ireland in promoting Northern Ireland overseas as a tourist destination.
26/05/2016Mr R Swann; Mr S Aiken

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