Letter - Assembly and Executive Reform (Assembly Opposition) Bill

The Assembly and Executive Reform (Assembly Opposition) Bill was formally introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly on 22 September 2015. Following approval by the Assembly at Second Stage, the Bill was referred to the Assembly and Executive Review Committee which has responsibility for the Committee Stage of the Bill.

The Committee therefore wishes to hear views from all interested parties in order to assist it with its scrutiny of the Bill.

The principal objective of the Bill is to enable the formation of an Opposition in the Assembly and to confer rights on the Opposition once it has been formed. The Bill also seeks to enhance collective decision-making in the Executive, and to increase scrutiny of the Executive by the Legislature.

I write, on behalf of the Committee, to invite you to make a written submission on behalf of your organisation.

It would be most helpful if you could structure your response to the specific clauses of the Bill and, if appropriate, suggest alternative or additional wording to clauses, which may assist the Committee’s consideration of the need for any amendments to the Bill.

I would be grateful if you could forward any written evidence to the Committee by e-mail (using the MS Word template on our website) to committee.assembly&executivereview@niassembly.gov.uk by 10 November 2015 at the latest. Alternatively, you can post written submissions to the address above.
Information regarding the Bill, a guide to submitting written evidence and a template to submit written evidence can be obtained from the Assembly’s website.

Yours sincerely

Claire McCanny
Senior Assistant Clerk, Assembly and Executive Review Committee

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