Northern Ireland Assembly to Hold Plenary Sitting
Date: 17 October 2019
Reference: SO 01/19/20
The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Robin Newton MBE MLA, has received a notice requesting that the Assembly should meet on Monday, 21 October 2019.
The Speaker has written to all MLAs regarding this sitting, as follows:
“Having received a valid notice, in accordance with Standing Order 11, the Assembly is hereby summoned to meet on 21 October 2019.
In the absence of a Business Committee, I will determine the time at which the sitting will start in consultation with the party whips and representatives when they meet at 12noon on Friday 18 October 2019 after which an Order Paper will issue. However, Members may wish to note that it is anticipated that the Assembly will sit at 12noon.
The purpose for which the Assembly has been summoned to meet is:
"That the Assembly should meet on Monday 21 October 2019 for the purpose of electing a Speaker and Deputy Speakers, to fill Ministerial offices and to debate the following motion: That this Assembly agrees that the legislative position on abortion in Northern Ireland will most appropriately be determined by the Northern Ireland Assembly”