Research Papers 2011

Synopsis: Here you will find a list of Committee on Procedures research papers published during 2011.

Priority questions

- Date: 27/10/2011 - Author: Ray McCaffrey

This research paper looks at the facility for priority, or named day questions in the Northern Ireland Assembly and House of Commons. These questions are a type of written question submitted by members who can request that it be answered within a certain number of days. The paper also examines the procedures in other legislatures for examples of similar mechanisms.

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Committee stages of Bills

- Date: 27/10/2011 - Author: Ray McCaffrey & Helena Maginness

This research paper has been prepared for the Committee on Procedures. It compares the committee stages of Bills in the devolved legislatures, House of Commons and Dail Éireann. It looks at the role committees play in amending legislation and the use made of committees by the various legislatures in the scrutiny of legislation.

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Parliamentary/Assembly questions

- Date: 15/09/2011 - Author: Ray McCaffrey & Helena Maginness

This research paper looks at the procedure for answering questions in the Northern Ireland Assembly, Scottish Parliament, House of Commons and Dail Éireann. It explores what mechanisms, if any, exist to compel Ministers to provide adequate answers to members’ questions.

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Proposal for a Principal Deputy Speaker

- Date: 01/06/2011 - Author: Ray McCaffrey

This research paper has been prepared for the Committee on Procedures as part of its inquiry into the proposal to create the post of Principal Deputy Speaker within the Assembly. The paper examines the position in the House of Commons, Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales and Dáil Éireann. It also references the Canadian House of Commons as an international comparison.

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