Order Paper

Reference: OP 96-17/22

Date: 17 May 2021

Indicative Timings for the Order of Business


The Assembly to sit at noon.


1. Prayers

2. Executive Committee Business

Further Consideration Stage: Pension Schemes Bill (NIA 7/17-22)

Minister for Communities


Motion: The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (Coronavirus) (Suspension of Liability for Wrongful Trading) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021


That the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (Coronavirus) (Suspension of Liability for Wrongful Trading) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 be approved.

Minister for the Economy


3. Question Time

3.1 The Executive Office

3.2 Finance


4. Committee Business

Motion: Extension of Committee Stage: Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill (NIA Bill 20/17-22)


That, in accordance with Standing Order 33(4), the period referred to in Standing Order 33(2) be extended to 28 January 2022, in relation to the Committee Stage of the Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill (NIA Bill 20/17-22).

Chairperson, Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

5. Private Members’ Business

Motion: Unfettered Access to Medicines and Medical Devices


That this Assembly recognises the importance of retaining unfettered access to the United Kingdom internal market for medicines and medical devices; notes that 98 per cent of the medicines used in Northern Ireland are supplied from Great Britain; recalls that the barriers to trade in this area, imposed by the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, are yet another reason why the Protocol should be replaced; rejects the establishment of regulatory and customs controls on medicines moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland; highlights that, if established, these arrangements would add cost for businesses and public services, restrict supply and jeopardise patient care across Northern Ireland; regrets that some GB firms have already severed ties with the Northern Ireland market; expresses grave concern that existing grace periods are due to end on 1 October 2021 and 1 January 2022 in the absence of a solution; and calls on the Minister of Health to work with his Executive colleagues to resist strongly disruption to East-West trade for medicines and medical products in all circumstances.

Mrs Pam Cameron

Mr Jonathan Buckley


Motion: Ending Religious Discrimination in Teaching Appointments


That this Assembly notes the exemption in fair employment law allowing discrimination on the grounds of religious belief when appointing teachers; acknowledges that it is unacceptable that teachers should be excluded from protection from discrimination in employment on the grounds of religious belief; and calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to repeal urgently this exemption to ensure equal opportunities in employment are afforded to all without exception.

Mr Mike Nesbitt

Mr Robbie Butler


6. Adjournment