Reference: OP 44/17-22
Date: 28 September 2020
The Assembly to sit at noon.
2. Executive Committee Business
Legislative Consent Motion: The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill
That this Assembly agrees, in line with Section 87 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, the principle of the extension to Northern Ireland of the provisions of the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill dealing with social security co-ordination as contained in the Bill which was introduced in the House of Commons on 5 March 2020.
Minister for Communities
3. Question Time
4. Private Members’ Business
Motion: Children with Hearing Difficulties and Deafness
That this Assembly recognises the importance of early detection, intervention and support for children with hearing difficulties and deafness; acknowledges the negative impact that delay can have on their future educational attainment; and calls on the Minister of Health to take immediate steps to identify and address urgently the backlog of postponed audio appointments and cancelled cochlear implant procedures that have arisen as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
Ms Catherine Kelly
Mr Colm Gildernew
Ms Órlaithí Flynn
Mr Pat Sheehan
Motion: Introduction of Legislation Equivalent to Helen's Law
That this Assembly recognises the ongoing pain and trauma experienced by families in Northern Ireland whose loved ones have been murdered and who continue to have no knowledge of the whereabouts of their remains; welcomes the progression in the UK Houses of Parliament of the Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Bill, otherwise known as Helen’s Law, placing a statutory obligation on the Parole Board to take into account an offender's non-disclosure of such information when making a decision about their release from prison; notes that these obligations apply to prisoners serving a sentence for murder or manslaughter, or for taking or making an indecent photograph of a child; and calls on the Minister of Justice to introduce urgently equivalent legislation in Northern Ireland to ensure that prisoners convicted of murder and child sex offences are not eligible for release until they disclose the location of their victims' remains or the identity of their victims.
Mr Alex Easton
Mr Paul Givan