Date: 12 October 2021
The Assembly to sit at 10.30am.
2. Public Petition
Strategy for Expanding the Electric Vehicle Charging Network
Mr Andrew Muir
3. Question Time
4. Private Members’ Business
Second Stage: Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill (NIA Bill 35/17-22)
Ms Clare Bailey
Motion: Cancer Screening for Firefighters
That this Assembly recognises the urgent need to protect firefighters from cancer; acknowledges the increasing evidence highlighting the serious health risks to firefighters and their families following exposure to carcinogenic fire effluents; further recognises that as a result of their profession firefighters can be up to four times more likely to develop cancer and other illnesses than other members of the public; and calls on the Minister of Health to introduce annual cancer screenings to monitor and manage the health status of serving firefighters.
Mr David Hilditch
Mr Jonathan Buckley
Motion: Education Catch-up Strategy
That this Assembly notes the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education, schools and youth services; recognises the immense challenges facing young people, parents and school leaders as they seek to catch up on missed time and opportunities for learning, socialising and physical activity; further recognises the specific impact this has had on children with special educational needs; regrets the mishandling of exam grading and test and trace by successive Education Ministers which has contributed to the stress on school communities; further notes analysis from the Education Policy Institute which suggests that Northern Ireland is spending less than other administrations on education catch-up policies; and calls on the Minister of Education to bring forward a resourced catch-up plan to address the challenges facing young people, parents and school communities.
Mr Daniel McCrossan
Mr Justin McNulty
Mr Colin McGrath