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Summary

  1. Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell made a statement on the loss of more than 1,000 jobs at the aerospace manufacturer, Bombardier.
  2. The justice and employment ministers appeared at Question Time.
  3. Eight pieces of legislation were debated, including the Addressing Bullying in Schools Bill, and a new law to exempt bank machines in rural areas from rates.

Live Reporting

By Robin Sheeran and Laura Trueman

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night

    This ends our coverage of proceedings at the Northern Ireland Assembly. 

    We will be back at 10:30 GMT tomorrow when MLAs will debate a bill to reduce their numbers from 108 to 90. 

    Members will also discuss the final stage of the Budget Bill which authorises funding for the Executive departments as well as borrowing power for the Finance Department. 

  2. 'Sadly, it won't end bullying'

    Peter Weir

    The DUP's Peter Weir chairs the Education Committee.

    He says the committee generally believe that "this is good bill", but when it comes to ending bullying, "sadly, it won't". 

  3. Addressing Bullying in Schools Bill

    John O'Dowd

    Education Minister John O'Dowd introduces the debate on the Addressing Bullying in Schools Bill.

    He says the bill is designed to provide "a clear and consistent framework for schools to follow" on bullying.

  4. The Health bill progresses

    The three amendments on organ transplantation pass on oral votes.

    Following a series of further oral votes the bill completes its consideration stage.

  5. 'Annihilated by the bigger parties'

    Kieran McCarthy

    Kieran McCarthy of Alliance says Mrs Dobson's "excellent work and efforts were annihilated by the two bigger parties".

    He says he supports the amendments.

    Simon Hamilton replies to the debate on the organ donation amendments.

    He says he has decided to support all three amendments  

  6. 'A direct lift from my bill'

    Surgeons

    Jo-Anne Dobson says members will not be surprised to hear that "I would be prepared to accept my own wording in relation to organ donation within amendments six and seven - a direct lift from my own private member's bill".

    Independent MLA John McCallister says the debate must be "bittersweet" for Mrs Dobson, and notes that the amendments do not go so far as she would have liked.

  7. 'A wee bit cheeky'

    Alex Eastwood

    The DUP's Alex Easton says he will be will be "wholeheartedly" supporting the amendments.

    He says it is "a wee bit cheeky" of Sinn Féin "to be lifting somebody else's bill", referring to Ulster Unionist Jo-Anne Dobson's Human Transplantation Bill.

    Fearghal McKinney of the SDLP says it is more than cheeky, and he thinks "Mrs Dobson has had her luggage taken".

  8. Organ donation and human transplantation

    Organ Donor Card

    Maeve McLaughlin of Sinn Féin begins the debate on the third and final group of amendments, on organ donation and human transplantation.

    These three amendments are designed to impose on the Health Department a duty to "provide information and increase awareness about transplantation".

  9. Sugar tax levy proposal passes

    The Sinn Féin amendment proposing the sugar tax levy was passed on an oral vote. 

  10. Bill not 'appropriate place' to bring forward levy

    Sugar cubes

    Minister Simon Hamilton says he is "seeking further advice on the issue which will remain critical to the debate". 

    He says "it has not been proved that such as a tax would have the desired effect of improving health outcomes". 

    Mr Hamilton says they "may not have the powers to implement such a levy in Northern Ireland" and "any such tax would displace the problem rather than solve it". 

    He questions what the cost of the proposed levy would be and does not think this bill is the "appropriate place" to bring it forward. 

  11. 'Influence consumption levels rather than raise money'

    Jo-Anne Dobson

    Ulster Unionist Jo-Anne Dobson says "if a levy were to be introduced, its primary motivation should be to influence consumption levels rather than raise money". 

    She supports the amendment but says "we are some time away from being able to make an informed decision". 

  12. Childhood obesity "highest in the UK"

    The SDLP's Fearghal McKinney says that "childhood obesity in Northern Ireland is the highest in the UK at 24%"

    He says his party "believes that the chamber should do all it can to combat childhood obesity" and this would "help to make savings to the health system in Northern Ireland".

    Mr McKinney says while the SDLP are "content with the amendment, they believe that a more holistic approach is needed to combat childhood obesity". 

  13. Proposed sugar tax

    Boy drinking from a bottle

    Sinn Féin's Rosie McCorley proposes her party's amendment calling for a levy on sugary drinks.

    She says one way to reduce consumption is to raise prices.

    The DUP's Alastair Ross argues that the tax would be a tax on the poor.

    He says he does not  "want an additional tax on people who cannot afford it".

  14. Minister responds to the debate

    Simon Hamilton

    Health Minister Simon Hamilton says he is prepared to support Sinn Féin's amendment that would ban smoking in cars with children present but says he "may tighten it up with an amendment" at further consideration stage.

    In relation to the SDLP amendment calling for public awareness of the change in the law , Mr Hamilton says he does not "necessarily believe that this needs to be stipulated in primary legislation".

    The Sinn Fein amendment passes on an oral vote. The SDLP amendment falls as it is consequential.

  15. 'Loophole' in legislation

    Smoking in cars

    Ulster Unionist Jo-Anne Dobson says there is very little legislation in place to protect children and young people from the effects of smoking.

    She adds that in a confined space such as a car, smoke can reach up to ten times the recognised unhealthy level.

    Kieran McCarthy of Alliance says there is a "loophole" in legislation that means that smoking can take place in cars "where people under the age of 18 are being carried who often have no means of consenting".

    Independent Unionist John McCallister says it is "mind-numbing that people would act in such a reckless manner" by smoking in cars with children.

  16. 'The evidence is there'

    Fearghal McKinney

    The SDLP's Fearghal McKinney introduces his party's amendment on smoking in cars, which adds the provision that measures should be taken to raise public awareness.

    Mr McKinney talks about the dangers of passive smoking on children: "The evidence is there, it's stark and it's there," he says.

  17. No ministerial amendment

    Maeve McLaughlin of Sinn Féin, who chairs the Health Committee, says the minister had expressed an intention to bring in an amendment to prevent smoking in cars carrying children but no such amendment has been tabled.

    Speaking as a Sinn Féin MLA, she says she hopes to see as wide a debate as possible.

  18. Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill

    Rosie McCorley

    The debate begins on the consideration stage of the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill.

    The bill includes measures on smoking in cars and sugar-sweetened drinks.

    Sinn Féin's Rosie McCorley moves her party's amendment that would ban smoking in cars when a child is in the vehicle.