Synopsis: Below you will find details of Research Publications which have been prepared by the Research and Information Service (RaISe) for the Health Committee in 2021.
Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill
- Date: 19/10/2021
This paper has been prepared to inform consideration of the Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill which was introduced to the Assembly on 13th September 2021. The Bill would require the Department of Health to create ‘safe access zones’ outside premises which provide lawful abortions or related information, advice or counselling. It would further create offences which apply to safe access zones, and empower the police to enforce these.
This paper provides an overview of the adoption process and the profile of children currently placed for adoption. Statistical information relating to adoption, as well as the waiting times experienced by children and prospective families are presented. The paper also considers the legislative context for adoption, and what progress has been made towards the introduction of the much-awaited Adoption and Children (Northern Ireland) Bill.
Public Health (Coronavirus Restriction) Regulations: emergency procedures
- Date: 28/01/2021
This briefing note has been prepared following a request from the Committee for Health. It considers the use across the UK of an 'emergency procedure' to make public health regulations which, due to the coronavirus pandemic, place restrictions on a range of activities. It also considers the ability of the relevant legislatures to scrutinise these measures.