Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Venue: Room 144

1.02pm  The meeting opened in closed session.  

1. Apologies

Mr Chris Lyttle

2. Draft Minutes of the meeting held on 13 December 2011 

Agreed: Members agreed the draft minutes of the meeting held on 13 December 2011.

3. Standing Order 69A etc – Assembly Commissioner for Standards

1.03pm  Alastair Ross, Chairperson of the Committee on Standards and Privileges, and Paul Gill, Clerk to the Committee on Standards and Privileges, joined the meeting and briefed members on the required amendments to Standing Orders in light of the Assembly Members (Independent Financial Review and Standards) Act (NI) 2011. This was followed by a question and answer session.

Angela Kelly from Assembly Legal Services was also in attendance.

The Committee conducted a paragraph by paragraph scrutiny of the proposed amendments to Standing Orders. 

1.10pm  Mr Maginness joined the meeting.

1.18pm  Mr Storey joined the meeting.

1.26pm  The Chairperson thanked Mr Ross, Mr Gill and Ms Kelly for the briefing, and they left the meeting.

Agreed: The motion to amend Standing Order 69A was agreed, as amended. The motion to amend Standing Order 69C was agreed, as amended. The motion to amend Standing Order 57(1) was agreed.

Agreed: As the scheduling of these motions in Plenary needs to coincide with the appointment of the Assembly Commissioner for Standards, it was agreed that the Clerk should liaise with the Committee on Standards and Privileges and the Business Office in relation to scheduling.

1.27pm  The meeting moved into public session.

4. Assembly Questions

The Committee considered a briefing paper, which outlined some approaches used in Westminster to try to address the issue of late responses to written questions.

Agreed: It was agreed that the report on a pilot exercise by the Procedure Committee of the House of Commons into this matter, should be obtained, and that the issue would be considered further when the report becomes available.

Agreed: It was agreed to give further consideration, at the next meeting, to the statistics on departmental response times to questions for written answer.

The Committee discussed the possibility of using adjournment debates as a means of raising issues relating to Assembly Questions.

Agreed: It was agreed that a briefing paper on this issue should be produced, for consideration at the next meeting.

5. Commencement dates for Acts following Royal Assent

The Committee considered a briefing paper which outlined the information that is available to Members regarding commencement dates for Acts following Royal Assent.

Agreed: It was agreed that the briefing paper should be circulated to all MLAs for information.

6. Review of Standing Order 30 – Types of Bills

The Chairperson outlined an issue in relation to the types of Bills referred to in Standing Orders.

Agreed: It was agreed that this matter warranted further consideration, and that further advice should be provided for consideration at the next meeting.

1.40pm  Lord Morrow left the meeting.

7. Correspondence

There was no correspondence.

8. Plenary debate on proposed Standing Order on Legislative Consent Motions

The Chairperson reminded Members that the Plenary debate on Standing Orders for Legislative Consent Motions was scheduled for 24 January 2012.

9. Any other Business

It was suggested that, if possible, Committee meetings should be arranged so that they do not coincide with meetings of the Chairpersons’ Liaison Group.

10. Date, time and place of next meeting

As the scheduled meeting dates coincide with meetings of the Chairpersons’ Liaison Group, it was agreed that the Chairperson would advise members of the date of the next meeting of the Committee at a later date.

1.44pm  The Chairperson adjourned the meeting.

Gerry Kelly
Chairperson, Committee on Procedures
28 February 2012

Find Your MLA

Locate your local MLA

Find MLA

News and Media Centre

Read press releases, watch live and archived video.

Find out more

Follow the Assembly

Keep up to date with what's happening at the Assembly.

Find out more

Subscribe

Enter your email address to keep up to date

Sign up