Assembly and Executive Review Committee Legacy Report 2017 - 2022

Summary of responses: Assembly Committees

Date of ResponseCommitteeSummary


Committee for the Economy

The Committee for the Economy is involved in legislative work regarding Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay which aims to encourage and provide for workplace practices that are more family friendly.


It is anticipated that further significant employment rights legislation, which is likely to include provisions that help address gender and diversity imbalances in the Assembly and Executive, will be brought forward by the Department for the Economy in the next Assembly mandate.


Chairpersons’ Liaison Group

The Chairpersons’ Liaison Group (CLG) received a written briefing on 15 February 2022, on the approach of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bill of Rights to improving diversity among witnesses and stakeholders invited to give evidence to committees.



The CLG will circulate the briefing paper to all committees and will reference in its Legacy Report the need for the CLG to revisit this issue in the next Assembly mandate.


Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

The Committee is undertaking a review of the barriers faced by women in the local agricultural sector. It is also conducting a scoping exercise of potential policies and recommendations which could be taken forward by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to support and encourage women within the local agricultural sector to take more prominent roles within farms and other agri- businesses. The Committee aims to publish and launch its report on these policies in early March.


Committee for Communities

The Committee will express concern in its Legacy Report about the lack of progress on a range of social strategies including anti-poverty, disability, and gender and sexual orientation.


The Department for Communities advised the Committee that work on developing the strategies has been ongoing in conjunction with the Strategy Co-design Groups and Cross-departmental Working Groups and a draft strategy framework has been developed containing the proposed vision and outcomes for each Strategy.


Committee on Procedures

The Committee on Procedures is continuing its review of the permanent provision for Proxy Voting in the Assembly.


The Committee agreed to extend the current arrangements to include long-term illness and parental leave, but has not yet completed the detail of the criteria for a new scheme.


In light of the Committee’s decision to extend the temporary provisions for Proxy Voting into the new mandate, it was agreed that the detail of how any revised Proxy Voting arrangements would work would be set out in the Committee’s Legacy Report, for the successor Committee to agree. The Committee also agreed that the recommendation should include a comprehensive review which would also consider Proxy Voting in other circumstances e.g. bereavement, emergency / exceptional caring responsibilities.

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