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The Northern Ireland Assembly Commission

The Northern Ireland Assembly Commission is the corporate body of the Northern Ireland Assembly. It has the responsibility, under section 40(4) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, to provide the Assembly with the property, staff and services required for the Assembly to carry out its work. The Assembly Commission may delegate any of its functions to the Speaker or a member of staff of the Assembly and may determine its own procedures.

Second Stage (Bill)

The second stage (of a Bill) is the first opportunity that all MLAs have to debate the general principles of a Bill. Members can also point to those issues that they want to discuss in more detail at later stages. At the end of the debate, MLAs vote on whether the Bill should proceed to the next Stage (the Committee Stage) in the process.

Business Committee

The main function of the Business Committee is to consider what plenary business is to be scheduled and to make arrangements for how that business will be conducted in the Assembly Chamber. The Business Committee has a maximum membership of thirteen and is made up of representatives from the Executive political parties. It is chaired by the Speaker of the Assembly.

Assembly Business


The Northern Ireland Assembly is the devolved legislature for Northern Ireland. It is responsible for making laws on transferred matters in Northern Ireland and for scrutinising the work of Ministers and Government Departments.



The Northern Ireland Assembly sits in Parliament Buildings and is open to all members of the public. You can attend debates and watch committee hearings or tour Parliament Buildings. Find out more...

AIMS Portal


The Assembly Information Management System (AIMS) provides easy access to information on MLAs and the procedural information published by the Northern Ireland Assembly.

EU Matters


A regular newsletter on selected EU issues, policy development and events of interest and relevance to Northern Ireland.  Sign up to receive it direct to your inbox. 

Assembly Education Service


The Assembly Education Service provide free education programmes and resources for young people, teachers, youth leaders, or anyone who wants to learn about the role of the Assembly and the work we do. The website provides a range of interactive resources linked to the curriculum:

Assembly Community Connect


Assembly Community Connect works to enhance connections between the Assembly and the Community and Voluntary sector through education and outreach. We provide free training, information and support for the local community and voluntary sector.

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News and Media Centre


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