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Summary

  1. Peter Robinson made a personal statement to the Assembly before handing over to the new first minister, Arlene Foster.
  2. The regional and social development ministers appeared at Question Time.
  3. Four pieces of legislation were debated, including bills on fisheries, health and environment.

Live Reporting

By Robin Sheeran and Laura Trueman

All times stated are UK

  1. The Assembly adjourns

    Deputy Speaker John Dallat adjourns the Assembly.

    Join us tomorrow morning at 10:00 GMT for another full plenary meeting of the Assembly.

    Business includes the final stage of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill which is intended to reduce the drink-drive limit, and make changes concerning newly-qualified drivers.

  2. Extension of committee stages

    The assembly agrees to extend the committee stages of a number bills.

  3. The bill completes further consideration stage

    Speakers from across the house gave their backing for the legislation, and the bill completes its further consideration stage following an oral vote.

  4. Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill

    John O'Dowd

    Education Minister John O'Dowd opens the debate on the further consideration stage of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill.

    The bill is designed to ensure early identification, assessment and provision for SEN (special educational needs) children.

  5. Bill passes consideration stage

    The Environmental Better Regulation Bill passes its consideration stage.

  6. Amendment not moved

    Mr Dukan says he is not moving an amendment that would allow powers to be conferred to the secretary of state in the interests of national security.

    He says there is already sufficient provision in place for this purpose.

    Environment Committee chairwoman, Anna Lo of Alliance, says its members sought assurances of the bill's purposes of "streamlining and reducing the regulatory burden while protecting and improving the environment".

  7. Environmental Better Regulation Bill

    Mark H Durkan

    Environment Minister Mark H Durkan moves the consideration stage of the Environmental Better Regulation Bill.

    It aims to make regulation simpler and provide "proportionate enforcement" to help protect the environment.

    The minister has brought seven amendments for debate.

  8. Bill passes consideration stage

    Following a debate on the second group of amendments clarifying the Health and Social Care (Control of Data Processing) Bill's purposes, it passes its consideration stage.

  9. 'Public interest and social welfare'

    Sinn Féin's Maeve McLaughlin, who chairs the Health Committee, says its members were concerned that "the safeguards needed to be robust and as stringent as possible".

    She says concern was also expressed about the use of the terms "public interest" and "social welfare".

    Maeve McLaughlin
  10. Health and Social Care Bill

    Simon Hamilton

    Health Minister Simon Hamilton opens the debate on the Health and Social Care (Control of Data Processing) Bill.

    It aims to put in place a legal basis for the sharing of information on Health and Social Care users.

  11. The bill completes second stage

    The minister winds the debate.

    The bill completes its second stage on an oral vote.

  12. Bid to exclude Irish Guards GAA team from contest

    Irish Guards soldiers on parade

    A London hurling club is making an attempt to exclude a British Army GAA team from competing in this year's London Junior Championship.

    A decision was made last September to include a team from the Irish Guards in the championship for the first time.

  13. 'Safe passage'

    Oliver McMullan

    Sinn Féin's Oliver McMullan expresses his support for the bill.

    "I hope it gets a safe passage through," he says.

    William Irwin of the DUP chairs the Agriculture Committee, like Mr McCausland he is concerned about the lack of time for the bill to complete all its stages before the end of the Assembly mandate.

    He outlines the clauses the committee intends to focus its scrutiny on.

  14. 'Significant concerns'

    The DUP's Nelson McCausland, in his role as chairman of the Culture Committee, says that committee members have "significant concerns" about some of the measures contained within the bill.

    He says their opinion is that there is insufficient time to give adequate consideration of some of the measures.

    The Culture Committee is concerned with the aspects of the bill concerned with freshwater fisheries.

  15. Fisheries Bill

    Fishing boats

    Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill introduces the second stage of the Fisheries Bill.

    The bill is intended to modernise, to update enforcement, to allow full compliance with EU rules and to ensure that environmental commitments are met.