Committee Latest News
The Assembly week has a very clear timetable of meetings. The plenary debates are held every Monday and Tuesday. Plenary debates are open to the public. Come along and take a seat in the Public Gallery - places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Assembly Committees generally meet on Tuesday - Thursday each week. In the main, Committee meetings are held in Parliament Buildings but many are held in community settings around Northern Ireland.
The full Business Diary can be viewed at http://aims.niassembly.gov.uk/assemblybusiness/businessdiary.aspx
Committee for Regional Development
The Committee for Regional Development is meeting at 11:15am on Monday 2 December 2013 in Room 21, Parliament Buildings.
The Committee is meeting to consider amendments for Consideration Stage of the Road Races (Amendment) Bill, which passed Second Stage under Accelerated Passage on Tuesday 26 November.
On Wednesday 4 December the Committee is meeting stakeholders involved in the Dungannon Integrated Transport Pilot Project at Loughry College, Cookstown. The Committee will also receive a presentation from CAFRE students with regards to the impact rural transport has on them.
Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure
The Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure is meeting at 10am on Tuesday 3 December 2013 in Room 144, Parliament Buildings. The meeting will be in Closed Session from 10.15. The Committee is considering draft reports coming from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure’s review of its arm’s-length bodies (ALBs).
Later in the week the Committee is undertaking a study visit to London to develop current strands of work: sporting facilities, legacy plans from major events and the development of performing arts in Northern Ireland. In additional, the Committee will have meetings with parliamentary colleagues at Westminster.
Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will meet at 1:30pm on Tuesday 3 December 2013 in Room 30, Parliament Buildings.
Officials from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) will update the Committee on the outcome of the bovine viral disease consultation.
Departmental officials will also provide an update on the consultation and development of 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme.
A written briefing on the Tuberculosis Biosecurity Study Report will be provided by DARD.
Committee for Education
The Committee for Education will meet at 9:30am on Wednesday 4 December 2013 in the Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings.
The Committee will receive a Departmental briefing on feedback to the consultation on proposed revisions to the Common Funding Scheme for schools. It is anticipated that the Committee will consider its response to the consultation.
The Committee will also receive a briefing on the Department of Education’s Business Plan.
Committee for Employment and Learning
The Committee for Employment and Learning is meeting at 10am on Wednesday 4 December 2013 in Room 29, Parliament Buildings.
The Committee will receive a briefing from the Department of Employment and Learning on ICT, engineering and food & drink action plans.
Departmental officials will also brief the Committee on the way forward in light of the European Social Fund 2014-20 consultation.
In additional, the Department will brief the Committee with regards to the ‘Steps to Work’ programme.
Committee for Finance and Personnel
The Committee for Finance and Personnel will meet at 10am on Wednesday 4 December 2013 in Room 30, Parliament Buildings.
The Committee will receive a briefing from Assembly Research and Information Service on flexible working.
NIPSA will also provide evidence to the Committee, also on the topic of flexible working.
The Committee will undertake clause-by-clause scrutiny of the Financial Provisions Bill and will also consider its draft report on the Bill.
Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety
The Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety is meeting at 2pm on Wednesday 4 December 2013 in the Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings.
The Committee is carrying out scrutiny of the Health and Social Care (Amendment) Bill.
Law Centre NI and Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety officials will give evidence to the Committee on proposed changes to existing legislation regarding overseas visitors’ access to free healthcare in Northern Ireland.
The Committee will take evidence from the Public Health Agency on the results of the organ donation survey.
Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister
The Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister is meeting at 2pm on Wednesday 4 December 2013 in Room 30, Parliament Buildings.
Departmental officials will brief the Committee on the Social Investment Fund.
The Assembly Research and Information Service will brief the Committee on EU Competitive Funding and European Commission Legislative Work Programme 2014.
Public Accounts Committee
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will meet at 2pm on Wednesday 4 December 2013 in Room 29, Parliament Buildings.
The Committee will consider its draft report on its Inquiry into The Police Service of Northern Ireland: Use of Agency Staff.
The Committee will then question Mr Sid McDowell, Lyric Board member, on his comments in the media in relation to the Committee’s report on DCAL: Management of Capital Projects.
Members will consider a notification from the Comptroller and Auditor General, Mr Kieran Donnelly, of a Ministerial Direction from the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment.
The Committee will also consider an issues paper with respect to its Inquiry into the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI).
Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment
The Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment is holding a series of meetings in Dublin on Thursday 5 December. They will be visiting Solar Print to learn more about the harnessing EU opportunities in innovation, research and development to grow businesses in the morning.
The Committee will then meet informally with the Dáil Éireann Committee for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the Houses of the Oireachtas to discuss how the Committee has fostered interest in Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7) and the forthcoming Horizon 2020 amongst small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Finally, the Committee will spend some time with Enterprise Ireland to find out more about supporting businesses before returning to Parliament Buildings.
Committee for Social Development
The Committee for Social Development is meeting on Thursday 5 December 2013 in Room 29, Parliament Building.
The meeting will begin in closed session at 10am, when the Committee will discuss its inquiry into allegations arising from a BBC NI Spotlight programme aired on 3 July 2013, of impropriety or irregularity relating to Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) managed contracts and consideration of any resulting actions.
The Committee will then move in to public session (at approximately 11am) to agree on its final report on the Licensing of Pavement Cafés Bill.
Officials from the Department of Social Development will brief the Committee on the Urban Regeneration and Community Development Policy Framework, and separately on the Affordable Warmth Pilot Scheme.
Committee for the Environment
The Committee for the Environment is meeting at 10am on Thursday 5 December 2013 in the Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings, when it will receive a briefing by Lord Deben, Chairman of the UK Committee on Climate Change.
Officials from the Department of the Environment will brief the Committee on the consultation process on draft guidance for the selection and designation of marine conservation zones (MCZs) in the Northern Ireland inshore region.
This will be followed by oral evidence sessions on the Local Government Bill from the NI Local Government Association (NILGA) and from the NI Public Service Alliance (NIPSA).
Committee for Justice
The Committee for Justice is meeting at 2pm on Thursday 5 December 2013 in Room 30, Parliament Buildings.
The Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Mr Edwin Poots, will give oral evidence to the Committee on the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Further Provisions and Support for Victims) Bill.
Officials from the Department of Justice will brief the Committee on financial eligibility with regards to legal aid reform. Members will also consider the results of the consultation on the Review of the Legal Aid in Crown Court Proceedings (Costs) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2005, as amended, and performance in relation to the Programme for Government first quarter.