Order Paper

Date: 06 October 2020

1.   Prayers

2.   Executive Committee Business

Motion: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020


That the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 be approved.

The Executive Office

3.   Question Time

3.1 Infrastructure

3.2 Justice


4.   Private Members’ Business

Motion: Impact of COVID-19 Restrictions on Workers and on the Economy


That this Assembly recognises the profound impact of COVID-19 restrictions on workers and the economy; notes projections that more than 100,000 people in Northern Ireland could be unemployed by the end of 2020; further notes with regret that many businesses are excluded from current support schemes; notes the positive impact of wage subsidy programmes as a critical lifeline to small businesses and those struggling to make ends meet; expresses regret that the Minister for the Economy has not produced a COVID-19 recovery strategy that provides support to workers and businesses asked to restrict their trading capacity; and calls on the Minister for the Economy to work with the Minister of Finance to bring forward a radical economic intervention programme that supports wages, creates pathways for those who have lost their jobs to re-enter the labour market, promotes new jobs and closes regional imbalances.

Ms Sinead McLaughlin
Mr Matthew O’Toole
Mr Colin McGrath
Mr Pat Catney


Motion: Terminal Illness


That this Assembly welcomes the recommendation, in the Walter Rader Independent Review of the Personal Independence Payment Assessment Process in Northern Ireland, that the six-month life expectancy criteria be removed from the terminal illness rule; notes the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Terminal Illness inquiry; recognises that there is significant evidence and support for reforming the six-month rule in all relevant welfare benefits among a wide range of local stakeholders; further welcomes the recent establishment of an Assembly All Party Group on Terminal Illness; and calls on the Minister for Communities to bring forward immediately legislation to remove the six-month rule, provide guidance to health professionals and adopt a fairer definition of terminal illness.

Ms Kellie Armstrong
Ms Paula Bradshaw


5.   Adjournment

  • Protecting the Knock Iveagh Historical and Archaeological Site

Mr Doug Beattie

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