The Northern Ireland Assembly has been dissolved. The election will take place on Thursday 5 May 2016.

Committees of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Here you will find Committees established by the Assembly together with links to further pages containing information on their work and publications.

Committee Legacy Reports: 2011/2016

See how Committees have spent their time this mandate and what they have achieved.

The Legacy reports summarise Committees’ key activities and achievements and, importantly, what impact they have had on Government policy and legislation. Find out more...

Committee End of Session Reports: 2014/2015

See how Committees have spent their time this year and what they have achieved.

The End of Session reports are here and summarise Committees’ key activities and achievements and, importantly, what impact they have had on Government policy and legislation.

You can also view the Committee reports from the 2013/2014 here, the 2012/2013 session here and from the 2011/2012 session here.

Calls for Evidence

Northern Ireland Assembly Committees examine Bills put forward by government Departments and hold inquiries on issues that are important to everyone in Northern Ireland. Current calls for evidence are listed below.

Giving Evidence to Committees

Find out how and why it’s important for Assembly Committees to take evidence from stakeholders.

Committee Review Group

On 5 November 2013, the Committee Review Group published its report on the Review of the Committee System of the Northern Ireland Assembly. The report which was debated in Plenary, makes a number of recommendations on enhancing and improving the effectiveness of committees.

View the report here.

View the Plenary debate here.

Contact the Committee Review Group

Committee Clerk: Lucia Wilson
Room 371,
Parliament Buildings
Tel (028) 90 521208

Concurrent Committees

Under Standing Order 64 a matter of concern to two or more committees can be dealt with by:

  • the relevant committees sitting concurrently
  • establishing an adhoc joint committee for the purpose

Concurrent Committees this mandate:

Concurrent Committees in the previous mandate.

Statutory Committees

Section 29(1)(a) of the Northern Ireland Act (1998) requires that Standing Orders 'make provision for establishing committees of Members of the Assembly (statutory committees) to advise and assist each Northern Ireland minister in the formulation of policy with respect to matters within his/her responsibilities as a minister'.

Standing Committees

The Northern Ireland Act 1998 and Assembly Standing Orders numbers 51, 52 and 54 to 59 provide for the establishment of standing committees.
Standing committees are permanent committees of the Assembly and have specific roles assigned to them within Standing Orders.

Ad Hoc Committees

Under Standing Order 53, ad hoc committees will be established from time to time to deal with any specific time-bounded terms of reference that the Assembly may set.

The Assembly shall decide the membership of any such committee and may direct its method of operation. Such committees have the power to call for persons and papers.

Ad Hoc Committees in the 2011/2016 mandate:

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