What's on in the Assembly
The Assembly week has a very clear timetable of meetings. The plenary debates are held every Monday and Tuesday. Plenary debates are open to the public. Come along and take a seat in the Public Gallery - places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Assembly Committees generally meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week. In the main, Committee meetings are held in Parliament Buildings but many are held in community settings around Northern Ireland.
The full Business Diary can be viewed at http://aims.niassembly.gov.uk/assemblybusiness/businessdiary.aspx
What are Committees discussing this week?
Each Committee has a web page which gives detailed information on the MLAs who serve on that Committee, the current topics under discussion, the list of people who will be attending the Committee to give evidence as well as the forward work plan.
For detailed information, please visit http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/Assembly-Business/Committees/
Northern Ireland Assembly Committees examine Bills put forward by Government departments and hold inquiries on issues that are important to everyone in Northern Ireland. The Committees want to hear your views to help them make their decisions about laws for Northern Ireland. They do this through a 'Call for Evidence' – a formal gathering of views.
An Assembly Committee might decide to hold an inquiry on a particular topic. The Committee will gather views on the issue and write a report on its findings. The report is discussed by MLAs at the Assembly and is sent to the relevant Department. Committees also gather views on Bills developed by individual MLAs, called Private Members' Bills. Committees are specifically interested in the wording of the Bill and whether anything is missing from it.
To find out more about Inquiries and Calls for Evidence by visiting http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/Assembly-Business/Committees/Calls-for-Evidence/