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Summary

  1. MLAs condemned last week's attack on a prison officer in east Belfast.
  2. Six bills were debated at further consideration stage, including the Mental Capacity Bill.
  3. First Minister Arlene Foster and Environment Minister Mark H Durkan appeared at Question Time.
  4. The consideration stage of the Land Acquisition and Compensation Bill was passed.

Live Reporting

By Robin Sheeran and Brooke Allen

All times stated are UK

  1. The assembly adjourns

    Deputy Speaker Roy Beggs adjourns the assembly.

    Join us tomorrow morning at 10:30 for live coverage as the assembly once again works its way through a raft of legislation ahead of the elections.

  2. The Land Acquisition and Compensation Bill

    The debate on the consideration stage of the Land Acquisition and Compensation Bill is completed in double-quick time.

    There are no amendments and the bill progresses on an oral vote.

  3. Amendments pass on oral vote

    All 23 of the amendments pass on an oral vote. 

  4. Some tidying up to do

    Health Minister Simon Hamilton outlines the amendments and says they have "left some tidying up to do" to the rest of the bill. 

    Alastair Ross, the committee chairman of the ad-hoc joint committee to consider the Mental Capacity Bill, says the committee have not formally considered the amendments due to the timing of the writing from the department. 

    Ulster Unionist Jo-anne Dobson says she supports the amendments in this group. 

    She says before today the bill was "a hugely complex piece of legislation" and it is vital that we use these amendment stages to "ensure that we get it right". 

  5. Further consideration stage: Mental Capacity Bill

    Simon Hamilton in the chamber

    The further consideration stage of the Mental Capacity Bill is now being debated.

    The bill aims to bring Northern Ireland's mental capacity legislation in line with the rest of the UK.

    There is a single group of 23 amendments on powers of attorney, family relationships and technical aspects. 

  6. Members return to the Addressing Bullying in Schools Bill

    MLAs return to debating the further consideration stage of the Addressing Bullying in Schools Bill. 

    Education Minister John O'Dowd says the bill is "a positive step forward" so more children are protected and will avoid the damage which bullying can cause. 

    He says he will not be moving amendment one today but will move amendment two. 

    Amendment number one is therefore withdrawn and amendment two is made by an oral vote. 

  7. George Best Belfast City Airport

    Andy Allen

    Ulster Unionist Andy Allen asks the minister for an update on the proposed modification of the planning agreement with George Best Belfast City Airport.

    Mr Durkan says a public inquiry was held in May last year, and the subsequent Planning Appeals Commission report was published in October.

    The minister says it has taken some time to review the report as "it was important to be thorough with the review".

    In seeking comments from stakeholders, Mr Durkan says he is "not reopening the inquiry or inviting new evidence".

  8. Fatal traffic collisions

    Cathal Ó hOisín

    Cathal Ó hOisín of Sinn Féin asks about fatal traffic collisions in his constituency.

    The minister says the measures taken do not apply to specific regions but on causes such as excessive speed and drinking driving, and on groups of people particularly vulnerable to fatal collisions. 

    He says he looks forward to the establishment of a new department of infrastructure that will bring together officials charged with looking after road safety and those responsible for the roads network.

  9. Environment Questions

    Mark H Durkan

    Environment Minister Mark H Durkan is answering questions from MLAs.

  10. 'Very strong leadership'

    David McNarry

    UKIP's David McNarry seeks assurance that an "action will be a swiftly implemented by the security forces" following recent terrorist activities.

    Mrs Foster says that "we as politicians need to give very strong leadership" and support to police.

  11. Attack on a prison officer

    The first minister condemns the bomb attack on a prison officer in Belfast last week.

    She says it was "a despicable murder attempt and thankfully did not succeed".

    Mrs Foster calls on the public to be vigilant, and says they should work to continue Northern Ireland's "positive and productive journey to the future".

    East Belfast bomb
  12. Victims and survivors

    Gerard Diver

    The SDLP's Gerard Diver puts it to the first minister that "the £150m identified at Stormont House is inadequate to deal with the issues of victims and survivors".

    He calls for "an uplift" in the amount.

    Mrs Foster says the executive does not have access to the £150m due to a lack of agreement on dealing with the past.

    "I am on record as calling on the secretary of state to release that money so that we can free up the resources that have been needed," she says. 

  13. Question Time

    Arlene Foster

    First Minister Arlene Foster is answering questions from members.

  14. Some concerns

    Peter Weir

    Education Committee chairman Peter Weir says the committee have not taken formal consideration on the amendments debated today. 

    He says his party, the DUP, have some concerns over amendment one as "a degree of concern has been raised over the removal of reference to method". 

    Ulster Unionist Sandra Overend also says there is a need for the inclusion of "method" and a brief outline of the incident should be recorded. She says it "makes for better analysis". 

    She opposes amendment number one but supports amendment two.

    The debate will continue after Question Time.  

  15. Welcome for amendments

    Sinn Féin's Chris Hazzard says he supports the bill and welcomes all of today's amendments. 

    The SDLP's Séan Rogers says his party are supportive of amendment one but will not be supporting amendment two. 

  16. Further consideration stage: Addressing Bullying in Schools Bill

    Two girls talking behind another girl's back

    MLAs are now debating another further consideration stage - that of the Addressing Bullying in Schools Bill. 

    There are just two amendments relating to records and definitions. 

    Education Minister John O'Dowd says this framework "will enhance with consistency the way that all schools manage bullying". 

  17. All amendments pass

    There is a single group of four amendments which relate to anti-social behaviour and operation and notices. 

    The DUP's Sammy Douglas and Ulster Unionist Roy Beggs both support the amendments. 

    All four amendments pass in an oral vote. 

  18. Houses in Multiple Occupation Bill

    Houses

    MLAs are now discussing the further consideration stage of a bill that aims to introduce a system of licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

    It will affect dwellings housing three or more people who are members of two households.

    The bill also creates new provisions about standards of housing and streamlines the definition of the term HMO.

  19. 'Soft opt-out'

    Ulster Unionist Jo-Anne Dobson says that public awareness "is just one part of a soft opt-out system" - the system proposed in her recent private member's bill.

    Kieran McCarthey says Alliance is happy to support the amendments.

    The amendments are carried in a series of oral votes.