Order Paper

Reference: OP 33/22-27

Date: 21 May 2024

1. Prayers

2. Members’ Statements

3. Executive Committee Business

Legislative Consent Motion: Tobacco and Vapes Bill


That this Assembly endorses the principle of the UK Tobacco and Vapes Bill extending to Northern Ireland insofar as the provisions of that Bill relate to matters falling within the legislative competence of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Minister of Health


4. Question Time

4.1 Health

5. Private Members’ Business

Motion: Veterinary Medicines


That this Assembly notes the House of Lords Windsor Framework Sub-Committee’s inquiry into veterinary medicines and the Windsor Framework; acknowledges the deep concern of the agri-food industry that the number of veterinary products estimated to be at risk in Northern Ireland could be up to 51 per cent; further notes that the absence of adequate access to veterinary medicines risks competitiveness and could lead to increased vulnerability to disease outbreaks, reduced capacity to treat and prevent illnesses, and compromise animal welfare standards; recognises that this not only poses a threat to individual animals but has broader implications for public health; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs to bring forward proposals to the UK government and European Union authorities that would positively resolve this matter.

Mr Tom Elliott
Dr Steve Aiken
Mr Doug Beattie
Mr Robbie Butler

Motion: Junior Doctors’ Pay


That this Assembly recognises the valuable work of all staff within Health and Social Care Northern Ireland, as well as the unprecedented pressures facing our health and social care system; acknowledges that junior doctors are a vital element of the health system in Northern Ireland; notes that junior doctors in neighbouring jurisdictions currently experience better pay and conditions for less pressurised workloads than their counterparts in Northern Ireland, causing significant issues for recruitment and retention; further recognises the upcoming strikes are a measure of last resort; and calls on the Minister of Health to urgently and meaningfully engage with the British Medical Association regarding junior doctor pay, taking account of agreements reached in Scotland and Wales.

Miss Nuala McAllister
Mr Danny Donnelly
Ms Paula Bradshaw
Ms Sorcha Eastwood

6. Adjournment

  • Proposed Closure of Belfast Metropolitan College Castlereagh Campus

Ms Joanne Bunting 

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