No Day Named List


Motion TypeMotionTabled DateTablers
Private Members' Motion Abattoir CCTV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That this Assembly notes the recent Cost of Division: A benchmark of performance and expenditure report, by Ulster University’s Economic Policy Centre, which indicated that hundreds of millions of pounds are being spent each year maintaining a divided society; calls on Executive Ministers to commission independent consultants, by the end of October 2016, to provide an assessment by March 2017 of the opportunities that lie within each Department to redirect public expenditure away from the costs associated from a divided society and into more efficient programmes and services and how to address the underlying policy environment that creates distortions in public spending; and further calls on each Minister to develop and implement a strategy to address the cost of division within six months of receiving their report.
10/06/2016Dr S Farry; Mr S Dickson; Mr C Lyttle
Private Members' Motion Article 50

That this Assembly believes that the consent of the Northern Ireland Assembly is required before the British Government notifies the European Council, further to Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union, of its intention to withdraw from the European Union; and calls on the British Government to abide by this requirement.
05/09/2016Mr C Eastwood; Mr A Attwood; Ms C Hanna; Ms N Mallon; Mr C McGrath; Ms S Bradley; Mr M Durkan; Mr D McCrossan; Mr P McGlone; Mr J McNulty; Mr R McPhillips; Mr G Mullan
Private Members' Motion Coastal Erosion

That this Assembly recognises the threat coastal erosion poses to buildings, roads and railways; notes the devastation coastal erosion is causing to local communities, businesses and the local economy; further notes that no Department within the Northern Ireland Executive has taken responsibility for coastal erosion; and calls on the Executive to order a total review of coastal erosion protocols, responsibilities, decisions and the roles of national and local governments, quangos, agencies and the private sector as the current situation is not saving coast lines and communities.
05/09/2016Mr G Mullan; Mr C McGrath
Private Members' Motion Future of Jobs and Benefits Offices

That this Assembly notes with concern the proposals by the Department for Communities to downgrade Jobs and Benefits offices, including Omagh, Enniskillen, and Newry; believes that this will damage local service provision for welfare claimants; further believes these proposals will lead inevitably to job losses among staff in existing Jobs and Benefits offices; and calls on the Minister for Communities to reverse these proposals to ensure that no jobs will be lost and that the best use is made of the existing Jobs and Benefits office infrastructure.
05/09/2016Mr D McCrossan; Mr R McPhillips; Mr J McNulty; Mr C McGrath; Mr P McGlone
Private Members' Motion Infrastructure Investment

That this Assembly believes that investment in infrastructure projects is essential for attracting new inward investment in the West; notes the importance of completing the A5 cross-border project, the A6 Dual Carriageway, including the Dungiven Bypass, and the upgrading of the Derry-Belfast railway; and calls on the Minister for Infrastructure to ensure that these projects are prioritised within the Programme for Government, that adequate capital funds are secured, and that substantial progress is made on these projects during this mandate.
05/09/2016Mr D McCrossan; Mr G Mullan; Mr R McPhillips; Mr J McNulty
Private Members' Motion Risks from Flooding

That this Assembly notes with concern the dangers of flooding from the river network and the loss of agricultural land due to increasing levels of tidal surge along the coastline; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to allow waste tyres to be used as a defence in the fight against river and sea erosion.
05/09/2016Mr O McMullan; Ms L Dillon; Ms C Archibald
Private Members' Motion Specially-Adapted Homes for People with Disabilities

That this Assembly recognises the increasing need for specially-adapted homes for people with disabilities; and calls on the Minister for Communities to ensure that any future housing developments have an adequate number of homes which meet this important need.
05/09/2016Ms J McCann; Ms M Gildernew; Mr F McCann
Private Members' Motion Endangered Species Trophies

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to introduce a ban on the importation of trophies of endangered species.
06/09/2016Ms L Dillon; Ms C Archibald; Mr O McMullan
Private Members' Motion Safeguarding the Environment and Sustainable Land Use

That this Assembly notes with concern the growing environmental issues affecting rural dwellers; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to ensure that environmental protection is prioritised and that adequate funding is available for new environmental management schemes that encourage safeguarding the environment and sustainable land use.
06/09/2016Ms L Dillon; Ms C Archibald; Mr O McMullan
Private Members' Motion Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation

That this A|ssembly calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to commit to protecting the Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation budget for the current mandate.
06/09/2016Ms L Dillon; Ms C Archibald; Mr O McMullan
Private Members' Motion Waste Management

That this Assembly recognises the need to manage waste as a resource and to reduce waste going to landfill; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to adopt a zero waste strategy and commit to achieving 90 per cent waste recovery and recycling by 2025.
06/09/2016Ms L Dillon; Ms C Archibald; Mr O McMullan
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.
08/09/2016Mr S Aiken OBE; Mr R Swann; Mr A Chambers
Private Members' Motion Eradicating Sectarianism (Revised Wording)

That this Assembly agrees that a combined zero tolerance policing, political and civil society approach must be taken to eradicate sectarianism and other forms of hate crime.
14/09/2016Mr D Kearney; Ms M Boyle; Mr P Sheehan
Private Members' Motion Hate Crime Legislation (Revised Wording)

That this Assembly believes there is a need for robust legislation to address effectively all forms of bigotry and hate crime, regardless of their source, in order to empower the PSNI, the Public Prosecution Service and the judiciary to act robustly whenever sectarian, racist or homophobic hate crime occurs.
14/09/2016Mr D Kearney; Ms M Boyle; Mr P Sheehan
Private Members' Motion Legacy Issues and Mechanisms (Revised Wording)

That this Assembly calls on the British and Irish Governments, in consultation with political and campaign stakeholders, to bring a renewed focus to the key outstanding legacy issues from the Fresh Start Agreement talks, with a view to achieving broad support for the establishment of the Stormont House Agreement legacy mechanisms in a speedy and human rights compliant manner.
14/09/2016Mr D Kearney; Ms M Boyle; Mr P Sheehan
Private Members' Motion Tree Planting Programme (Revised Wording)

That this Assembly calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to introduce a programme of tree planting along riverbanks as a strategy to address flooding, air pollution and ground pollution.
14/09/2016Ms L Dillon; Ms C Archibald; Mr O McMullan
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 that will aim to deliver a targeted outcome of significantly reducing alcohol related crime.
20/09/2016Mr A Easton; Mr S Douglas
Private Members' Motion Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign Against Israel

That this Assembly notes Israel's ongoing violation of international law and human rights in Palestine; further notes and supports the call from Palestinian organisations for a boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel, similar to the campaign organised against the apartheid South African government in the 1980s; and calls on all Ministers to refuse to meet with or host representatives of the Israeli government or any Israeli party that supports the occupation of Palestine.
20/09/2016Mr G Carroll; Mr E McCann
Private Members' Motion Congenital Heart Disease Network

That this Assembly notes the development of a single Congenital Heart Disease Network in Ireland and the recommendation of the International Working Group on Congenital Cardiac Services that children would have their surgery in Dublin, with their pre and post-operative care being delivered in Belfast; is angered that the decision to cease operations in Belfast was taken long 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; further notes with concern the recent announcement in England that the units in Leicester, Manchester and London are to close and the impact that this may further have on patients from Northern Ireland; and calls on the Minister of Health to ensure that some primary provision can be offered in Belfast until Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin, has sufficient capacity.
20/09/2016Mr R Swann; Mrs J Dobson; Mr R Butler
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; 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 to implement pulse oximetry for all newborn infants across Northern Ireland to screen for early detection of life-threatening congenital heart defects.
20/09/2016Mr R Swann; Mrs J Dobson; Mr R Butler
Private Members' Motion Carlingford Lough and Lough Foyle

That this Assembly notes with concern the jurisdictional issues which, since 2007, have prevented the Loughs Agency from exercising its statutory function to be the licencing and regulatory authority for aquaculture activity in Lough Foyle and Carlingford Lough; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to lobby the British and Irish Governments to resolve urgently these jurisdictional issues and allow the Loughs Agency to function properly.
21/09/2016Mr O McMullan; Ms C Archibald; Ms L Dillon
Private Members' Motion Treatment for Children and Young People with Drug and Alcohol Addictions

That this Assembly recognises the needs of children and young people affected by drug and alcohol addictions resulting in, or exacerbating existing, mental health conditions; calls on the Minister of Health to commission a study on the mental health needs of children and young people to include conditions caused by drug and alcohol misuse and to bring forward amendments to the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 to include conditions caused by drugs and alcohol; and further calls on the Minister to commission a specialised unit for the treatment of children and young people with drug and alcohol-related conditions.
22/09/2016Ms N Mallon; Mr M Durkan; Mr D McCrossan; Mr A Attwood
Private Members' Motion Creative Industries and Arts

That this Assembly recognises the hugely important role of the Culture, Arts and Leisure sector locally; further recognises the major contribution made by the creative industries to job creation, economic growth and tourism; and calls on the Minister for Communities to introduce a new Culture and Arts Strategy with a specific Creative Industries section to ensure that everyone has access to high quality arts provision and can participate in the cultural life of the community.
29/09/2016Ms C Hanna; Ms N Mallon; Ms S Bradley
Private Members' Motion Accessible and Intergrated Transport System for Rural Communities

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Infrastructure to establish a cross-departmental working group to develop an accessible and integrated transport system for rural communities.
04/10/2016Mr O McMullan; Ms C Archibald; Ms L Dillon; Mr D McAleer
Private Members' Motion Bullying of LGBT Pupils in Schools

That this Assembly notes with concern the levels of bullying, self-harm and suicide that exists within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community; welcomes the Addressing Bullying in Schools Bill, as introduced by the previous Minister of Education Mr John O'Dowd; and calls upon the Minister of Education to outline his Department's strategy for enhancing the lives of LGBT pupils.
04/10/2016Mr B McElduff; Ms C Seeley; Ms J McCann
Private Members' Motion Community-Based Partnerships Working with Schools

That this Assembly recognises the benefits to pupils of local community-based partnerships working with schools; notes the success of such a scheme in West Belfast; and calls on the Minister of Education to encourage more schools to enter into partnership arrangements with local community based-services, and to explore how more school facilities can be shared with local communities.
04/10/2016Mr B McElduff; Ms C Seeley; Ms J McCann
Private Members' Motion Developing the Agri-Food Sector

That this Assembly notes the importance of the agri-food industry; expresses concern at the price disparity in farm produce across the island of Ireland; and calls on the Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to work with her counterpart in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and look at proposals to develop an all-Island food label and the trade opportunities this could bring to the agri-food sector.
04/10/2016Ms L Dillon; Mr O McMullan; Ms C Archibald
Private Members' Motion Diffuse Water Pollution

This Assembly acknowledges the risks of waterways by diffuse pollution; and calls on the Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to establish a partnership body to oversee the development and implementation of a water pollution action plan with responsibility for education, monitoring and the prevention of diffuse water pollution.
04/10/2016Ms L Dillon; Mr O McMullan; Ms C Archibald
Private Members' Motion Fair Prices for Farmers' Produce

That this Assembly recognises the extreme market volatility and pricing disparity that is affecting our agricultural produce; and calls on the Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, in consultation with the Supply Chain Forum, to work with the Minister of the Agriculture, Food and the Marine to produce an all-island examination of the present commercial pricing structure, with a view to making recommendations on how farmers can obtain a fair price for their produce.
04/10/2016Ms L Dillon; Mr O McMullan; Ms C Archibald
Private Members' Motion GPs in the Community

That this Assembly recognises the increasing workload and pressures facing general practitioners; commends the work of GPs in the community; recognise the vital role of primary care as part of a sustainable health care system; and calls on the Minister of Health to continue to engage with GPs to ensure the adequate provision of primary care services.
04/10/2016Ms J McCann; Ms C Seeley; Mr S Lynch; Mr I Milne
Private Members' Motion Marine Tourism

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for the Economy to publish a plan to develop the Marine Tourism structure; further calls on the Minister to work with the coastal councils to ensure that people with disabilities and special needs have equality in access to beaches and facilities, and to work with the tourist boards on this island to increase our marine tourism product.
04/10/2016Ms L Dillon; Mr O McMullan; Ms C Archibald
Private Members' Motion Review of Breed-Specific Legislation (Revised Wording)

That this Assembly believes that the current breed-specific legislation is a blunt instrument, as a dog’s behaviour is more likely to be the result of the way that it has been brought up or trained, rather than simply its genetic makeup; notes that responsible pet ownership is a better approach to protecting the public; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs review formally the effectiveness of breed-specific legislation.
04/10/2016Mr A Allen; Mr M Nesbitt
Private Members' Motion Importance of Primary Care

That this Assembly recognises that high quality, accessible, modern primary care services are crucial to meeting the health and well-being needs of patients; recognises that NHS England has committed to investing an additional £2.4billion per year in general practice by 2020-21; and calls on the Minister of Health to increase the proportion of funding for primary care and to significantly enhance the role of local general practitioners.
10/10/2016Mrs J Dobson; Mr R Beggs; Mr R Butler
Private Members' Motion Pressures in Audiology Services

That this Assembly expresses concern at the current waiting times for audiology services, including the delays in the provision of hearing aids; notes that the fitting of a hearing aid can transform a person’s hearing; expresses disappointment at the continuing out-dated provision of services requiring people to attend hospitals for audiology support; and calls on the Minister of Health to learn from the success of new audiology services in Great Britain that have reduced waiting lists, reduced costs and enabled more effective local provision of services.
10/10/2016Mrs J Dobson; Mr R Beggs; Mr R Butler
Private Members' Motion Contribution of the Hill Farming Community

That this Assembly recognises the vital contribution the hill farming community makes to the agri-food industry; further recognises the invaluable role it plays in maintaining the environment; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to give confidence and reassurance to the hill farming community that it will be treated equally to all other sectors of the farming industry with regard to future funding for the agriculture industry.
21/10/2016Mr O McMullan; Ms C Archibald; Ms L Dillon
Private Members' Motion Health and Social Effects of the Agricultural Downturn

That this Assembly notes the recent report entitled Health and social effects of the agricultural downturn, produced by the organisation Rural Support; is deeply concerned by the issues identified in the report as affecting the farming and rural community; calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to engage with other Departments to examine the actions that can be taken to address the recommendations of the report; and further calls on the Minister to examine urgently the future funding of the Rural Support organisation.
25/10/2016Ms C Archibald; Mr O McMullan; Ms L Dillon
Private Members' Motion Royal Navy Engagement with the Local Fishing Fleet

That this Assembly recognises the dangers faced by the local fishing fleet in carrying out its work; notes the recent report by the Marine Accident Investigations Branch into the near-fatal contact between a Royal Navy submarine and the fishing vessel Karen in the Irish Sea in 2015; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to liaise with the Ministry of Defence to ensure that all the relevant protocols in place are adhered to, and that the Royal Navy engages with the fishing fleet to build trust with the industry.
25/10/2016Ms L Dillon; Mr O McMullan; Ms C Archibald
Private Members' Motion Transportation of Animals

That this Assembly notes with grave concern the illegal trade in puppies of all breeds; further notes the lack of a mandatory declaration for transporting puppies through our shipping ports; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to work with the Minister of Justice to make it a legal requirement that all animals transported through our ports must be declared.
25/10/2016Mr O McMullan; Ms L Dillon; Ms C Archibald
Private Members' Motion Non-vehicular Road User Safety Legislation

That this Assembly notes the large number of cyclists using the public road network; calls on the Minister for Infrastructure to draft and implement a cycling safety strategy; and further calls on the Minister to legislate for safety measures governing how vehicles interact with cyclists, pedestrians, horse carriages and other non-vehicular road users.
28/10/2016Mr P McGuigan; Mr D McAleer; Mr F McCann
Private Members' Motion Pregnancy and Maternity Rights: The Law and Good Practice

That this Assembly recognises the recent report by the Equality Commission entitled Pregnancy and Maternity Rights: The Law and Good Practice; notes the findings from the report on how issues of pregnancy and maternity are treated in the workplace; calls on the and Minister for the Economy to engage with the Labour Relations Agency and the Equality Commission in respect of this report; further calls on the Minister to acknowledge the model maternity policy in the report and to bring forward regulations that will ensure equality of opportunity for women in the workplace.
07/11/2016Ms C Archibald; Ms L Dillon; Mr A Maskey; Mr C Murphy
Private Members' Motion Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

That this Assembly notes that November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and that 17 November 2016 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, including the joint campaign Purple Lights for Pancreatic Cancer, which aims to light as many landmarks as possible purple throughout November; recognises that pancreatic cancer has the worst five-year survival rate of the 21 most common cancers in Northern Ireland and, at 5 per cent, is a figure which has hardly changed over the past 40 years; understands that, in 2014, 232 people in Northern Ireland were diagnosed with, and 208 people died from, the disease; is concerned that a recent poll commissioned by Pancreatic Cancer UK found that 74 per cent of people in the United Kingdom cannot name a single symptom of the disease; and calls on the Minister of Health to work with service providers, charities and relevant professional bodies to improve pancreatic cancer awareness, diagnosis, treatment, care and research.
14/11/2016Ms N Mallon; Mr M Durkan
Private Members' Motion Good Quality Early Years Education, Support and Childcare

That this Assembly notes the benefits to children, families and society of good quality early years education, support and childcare, especially with regard to improved health, wellbeing, education, increased employment opportunities and reduced criminal activity; recognises that the earlier this intervention is provided, the more effective it is; and calls on the Executive to establish a universal early years provision for 0-3 year olds in Northern Ireland.
15/11/2016Mr S Agnew
Private Members' Motion Cybercrime

That this Assembly recognises that the increasing reliance on digital technologies can make us more vulnerable to those who seek to exploit this reliance for malicious purposes; welcomes the launch of the ScamWise NI Partnership which highlights the risks and sets out actions to stop these scams; and calls on the Minister of Justice to draft a strategy for cyber resilience.
22/11/2016Mr M Durkan; Mr C McGrath; Mr R McPhillips
Private Members' Motion Ending Homelessness

That this Assembly calls on the Executive to commit to ending homelessness by 2025.
22/11/2016Ms N Mallon; Ms S Bradley; Mr G Mullan; Mr C McGrath
Private Members' Motion IVF Treatment

That this Assembly recognises the anguish facing people who have difficulties conceiving children; further recognises that the Department of Health has endorsed the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence clinical guideline entitled Fertility problems: assessment and treatment (CG156); and calls on the Minister of Health to implement this clinical guideline, thus giving eligible families the opportunity to receive three full cycles of IVF.
22/11/2016Ms N Mallon; Mr M Durkan; Mr C McGrath; Ms C Hanna
Private Members' Motion Youth Assembly

That this Assembly calls for the establishment of a Youth Assembly similar to the UK Youth Parliament.
22/11/2016Mr C McGrath; Mr M Durkan; Ms C Hanna
Private Members' Motion Disciplinary Procedures against the Irish Football Association

That this Assembly deplores the action of FIFA in opening disciplinary procedures against the Irish Football Association over the display of poppies and a minute's silence held on the Armistice Day game against Azerbaijan; and calls on FIFA to desist from such insensitive, unnecessary and offensive actions.
24/11/2016Mr J Allister
Private Members' Motion Information for the Blind (Revised Wording)

That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Communities to develop, as part of the Disability Strategy, a cross-departmental policy on accessible information to bring about real, fundamental, change for those who are blind, partially sighted and suffering from sight loss.
28/11/2016Ms M Boyle; Mr O McMullan; Mr F McCann
Private Members' Motion The A5 Project (Revised Wording)

That this Assembly acknowledges the Minister for Infrastructure's announcement on the advancement of the A5; notes the support of the local councils along the border for this project; recognises the Irish Government's pledge of £400 million towards the cost of the A5, as agreed in the St. Andrews Agreement; and calls on the Irish Government to uplift their original contribution to the A5 project in their Mid-Term Review of the National Development Plan 2018 to ensure that the A5 project can be completed.
28/11/2016Mr D McAleer; Ms M Boyle; Mr R McCartney; Mr F McCann
Private Members' Motion Improving Daycare

That this Assembly recognises the need to focus on the requirements of the individual young person with a physical or learning disability for day care provision; and calls on the Minister for the Economy to work with his Executive colleagues to review the learning methods and structures provided to help and support individuals and their families so that young people with a physical or learning disability in day care have the opportunity to receive the best education and training possible and to access meaningful employment.
30/11/2016Mr O McMullan; Ms C Archibald; Ms M Gildernew; Ms C Seeley

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