The Assembly Commission is the corporate body of the Northern Ireland Assembly. It consists of an MLA from each of the five main parties, plus the Speaker of the House who acts as Chairperson, and its role is to oversee the organisation and to provide services, structures and property in order for the Assembly to function.
The Northern Ireland Assembly employs staff (the Secretariat) to support its work. The Secretariat is divided into five strands; Corporate Services, Corporate Support Unit, Facilities, Legal and Governance Services and Parliamentary Services. There is more information available on the configuration of the Secretariat in the Organisation Chart.
- Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) on the Flying of the Union Flag at Parliament Buildings
- Complaints Procedure
- Corporate Governance Framework
- National Fraud Initiative
- Assembly Commission Corporate Strategy 2012-2017 (Updated 2015)
- Northern Ireland Assembly Charity Policy
- Good Relations Action Plan
- Security Policy Conduct and Behaviour of Visitors in Parliament Buildings
- CCTV Information Leaflet
- Security Policy Parliament Buildings CCTV Policy
- Exhibitions Policy
- Use of external lighting policy at Parliament Buildings
Secretariat Management Group
The Secretariat Management Group (SMG) is the top-level leadership and management forum in the Assembly Secretariat. Its primary role is to ensure the effective delivery of the Assembly Commission’s Corporate Plan.
SMG also has responsibility for advising and supporting the Chief Executive in the exercise of his duties. This includes advice and support on the strategic direction and overall management of the Assembly Secretariat. In addition to this advisory and support role, SMG also fulfils a leadership role across each of the Directorates which includes the co-ordination and delivery of cross-Directorate activities. SMG has responsibility for the development and implementation of strategy, management of risk, and oversight of performance including financial performance and service delivery. Find out more...
Minutes of SMG meetings, which are held monthly, can be accessed here.
Freedom of Information
If you want a better understanding of how the Assembly carries out its duties, why it makes the decisions that it does and how it spends public money, you or any organisation may request information from the Assemby under the FOI Act 2000.
For more information on Freedom of Information or to find out how to make a request follow this link.
Secretariat Audit and Risk Committee
The Assembly Commission established the Secretariat Audit and Risk Committee (SARC) to support the Chief Executive (in his role as Accounting Officer) and the Assembly Commission and Secretariat Management Group in monitoring their responsibilities for issues of risk, control and governance by reviewing the comprehensiveness of assurances in meeting the organisation’s assurance needs and reviewing the reliability and integrity of these assurances.
The Assembly Commission is committed to becoming an examplar institution in terms of sustainable development and environmental impact.
You can view figures on how much energy is consumed by Parliament Buildings, the carbon emissions produced and how much waste is recycled. You can also find out more about Parliament Buildings and our commitment to sustainable development.