Order Paper

Reference: OP 28/22-27

Date: 30 April 2024

The Assembly to sit at 10.30am.

1. Prayers

2. Members’ Statements

3. Question Time

3.1 Education

4. Private Members’ Business

Motion: Display of Flags, Emblems and Banners


That this Assembly notes Chapter 11 of the report of the Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition; endorses the proposed code of practice for the respectful display of flags at paragraph 11.48; recognises lawful authority for the display of flags, emblems and banners from public property does not exist; and calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to develop, urgently, a consultation on how such lawful authority may be provided within the bounds of the proposed code of practice.

Ms Paula Bradshaw
Mr John Blair
Mr Peter McReynolds

Motion: Implementation of the Autism (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2022


That this Assembly reaffirms its commitment to the full implementation of the Autism (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2022; stresses in particular the duty on the Minister of Health to prepare, implement and review a cross-departmental autism strategy for Northern Ireland; condemns the failure of the Department of Health to introduce measurable targets to assess the effectiveness of the Autism Strategy 2023-28 as mandated in the 2022 Act; believes this will undermine the provision of improved, regionally-consistent autism services for children and adults across Northern Ireland; further believes that the present Strategy should be reviewed to ensure that the primacy of the 2022 Act is not only recognised but enshrined in all respects; expresses concern at protracted delays in appointing an Autism Reviewer; believes this position must be filled and properly resourced as soon as possible; and calls on the Minister of Health to present to the Assembly a roadmap for ensuring his Department’s compliance with the Autism Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 as amended by the 2022 Act within six weeks.

Mrs Deborah Erskine
Ms Cheryl Brownlee

5. Adjournment

  • Closure of the Bangor and Newtownards Minor Injury Units

Mr Alex Easton


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