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Assembly business continues, check the business diary for information on Plenary and Committee meetings.

Business Diary

Monday 12 April 2021 - Friday 16 April 2021

* Committee Business relates to non-substantive items of business such as the consideration of minutes of the previous meeting and consideration of correspondence or matters arising from previous meetings
TimeVenuePlenary/Committee
Monday 12 April 2021
12:00 PMAssembly ChamberPlenary Session
Tuesday 13 April 2021
10:30 AMAssembly ChamberPlenary Session
1:00 PMSenate ChamberBusiness Committee

Closed from 1:00 PM (60 mins)
Committee Business
1:30 PMSenate ChamberChairpersons' Liaison Group

Closed from 1:30 PM (30 mins)
Committee Business

Update on the work of the Women’s Caucus

RHI Inquiry Report recommendation on strengthening the scrutiny role of Assembly Committees
• Mr Ray McCaffrey, Research Officer
Wednesday 14 April 2021
9:00 AMStarleaf (Room 29), Virtual Meeting, Committee for Education

Public from 9:00 AM (15 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 9:15 AM (60 mins)
Mandatory Teacher Training - Oral briefing from Autism NI
• Ms Kerry Boyd, Autism NI
• Ms Kelly Maxwell, Autism NI
• Ms Christine Kearney, Autism NI

Public from 10:15 AM (60 mins)
Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) - Oral briefing on work of NICCY
• Ms Koulla Yiasouma, Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People
• Ms Mairead McCafferty, Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People
• Ms Niamh Devlin, Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People
• Ms Christine Irvine, Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People

Public from 11:15 AM (30 mins)
Committee Business
10:00 AMSenate ChamberCommittee for Infrastructure

Public from 10:00 AM (30 mins)
Committee Business

Subordinate Legislation - SL1s - Not Subject to Assembly Proceedings

SL1 - The Lake Street, Lurgan (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2021

SL1 - The Common, Markethill Road, Newtownhamilton (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2021

Subordinate Legislation - SRs - Not Subject to Assembly Proceedings

SR 2021-57 The Planning (Development Management) (Temporary Modifications) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021

SR 2021-62 The Bus Operator (Coronavirus, Financial Assistance) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021

Public from 10:30 AM (60 mins)
Briefing from Waterways Ireland
• Mr John McDonagh, Waterways Ireland

Public from 11:30 AM (60 mins)
Briefing from the Northern Ireland Local Government Association & SOLACE NI - EU Successor Funding in Northern Ireland
• Mr Derek McCallan, NILGA
• Ms Jacqui Dixon, SOLACE NI

Public from 12:30 PM (15 mins)
Committee Business
10:00 AMRoom 30Committee for the Economy

Public from 10:00 AM (5 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 10:05 AM (60 mins)
Briefing from the Department for the Economy & Fibrus Broadband Northern Ireland - Update on Project Stratum
• Ms Geraldine Fee, DfE
• Mr Nigel Robbins, DfE
• Mr Trevor Forsythe, DfE
• Mr Conal Henry, Fibrus
• Mr Dominic Kearns, Fibrus
• Mr Shane Haslem, Fibrus

Public from 11:05 AM (60 mins)
Research and Information Service (RaISe) Briefing - Sectors and Productivity
• Mr Christopher Rothwell, Research Officer

Public from 12:05 PM (10 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 12:15 PM (30 mins)
SL1 – Employment Rights (NI) Order 1996 (Protection from Suffering Detriment in Health and Safety Cases) (Amendment) (Order) (Northern Ireland) 2021

SR 2021/73 The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order (Northern Ireland) 2021

SR 2021/85 The Education (Student Fees and Support) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021

Public from 12:45 PM (15 mins)
Committee Business
12:40 PMRoom 29Audit Committee

Public from 12:40 PM (10 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 12:50 PM (25 mins)
Review of the governance and accountability arrangements for the Northern Ireland Audit Office and the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman –– Oral evidence - Mr Peter Tyndall
• Mr Peter Tyndall, Office of the Ombudsman

Public from 1:15 PM (25 mins)
Review of the governance and accountability arrangements for the Northern Ireland Audit Office and the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman –– Oral evidence - Mr Brian Thompson
• Mr Brian Thompson, University of Liverpool

Public from 1:40 PM (25 mins)
Review of the governance and accountability arrangements for the Northern Ireland Audit Office and the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman –– Oral evidence - Mr Chris Gill
• Dr Chris Gill, University of Glasgow

Public from 2:05 PM (25 mins)
Review of the governance and accountability arrangements for the Northern Ireland Audit Office and the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman –– Oral evidence - Dr Richard Kirkham
• Dr Richard Kirkham, University of Sheffield

Public from 2:30 PM (10 mins)
Research Paper – Public Audit Governance: The role of the Accounting Officer

Public from 2:40 PM (5 mins)
Scrutiny Schedule

Public from 2:45 PM (5 mins)
Committee Business
2:00 PMSenate ChamberCommittee for Finance

Public from 2:00 PM (5 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 2:05 PM (30 mins)
Oral Briefing - Institute for Government - Public Sector Reform
• Alex Thomas, Institute for Government

Public from 2:35 PM (30 mins)
Oral Briefing - Pivotal – Public Sector Reform
• Ann Watt, Pivotal

Public from 3:05 PM (45 mins)
Oral Briefing - Department of Finance – Nearly Zero Energy Buildings and Energy Performance Building Regulations
• John Burke, DoF
• Billy Black, DoF

Public from 3:50 PM (40 mins)
Written Briefing - SR 2021/72 The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021

Written Briefing - SR 2021/74 The Business Tenancies (Coronavirus) (Restriction on Forfeiture: Relevant Period) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021

Written Briefing - SR 2021/86: The Financial Assistance (Coronavirus) (Industrial Business) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021

Written Briefing - SR: 2021/88 The Financial Assistance (Coronavirus) (Large Business) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021

Written Briefing - SR 2021/87: The Financial Assistance (Coronavirus) (Business Support) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021

Oral Briefing - SR 2021/94: The Financial Assistance (Coronavirus) (No. 2) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021
• Mr Alan Brontë, DoF

Written Briefing - SR 2021/89: The Financial Assistance (Coronavirus) (Soft Play Businesses) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021

Written Briefing - SR 2021/90: Financial Assistance (Airports) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021

Oral Briefing - SR 2021/92: The Pensions Increase (Review) Order (Northern Ireland) 2021 - Departmental Direction – GMP Indexation
• Mrs Blathnaid Smyth, DoF
• Mr Stephen Ball, DoF

Public from 4:30 PM (15 mins)
Committee Business
2:00 PMStarleaf (Room 30), Virtual Meeting, Committee for The Executive Office

Public from 2:00 PM (60 mins)
Committee Business

First Minister and deputy First Minister - Oral Briefing
• Mrs Arlene Foster, First Minister
• Mrs Michelle O'Neill, deputy First Minister

Public from 3:00 PM (60 mins)
Implementation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland (Article 2(1)) - NI Human Rights Commission, Equality Commission NI, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
• Ms Geraldine McGahey OBE, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
• Mr Les Allamby, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
• Mr Michael Finucane, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

Public from 4:00 PM (60 mins)
SR 2021/68 Travel Agents (Coronavirus, Financial Assistance) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021

Committee Business
Thursday 15 April 2021
9:45 AMStarleaf (Room 30), Virtual Meeting, Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Public from 9:45 AM (10 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 9:55 AM (60 mins)
Oral Evidence from - PSNI - Withdrawal of DAERA and Local Authority Staff from Ports

Public from 10:55 AM (60 mins)
Oral Evidence from DAERA - Withdrawal of DAERA and Local Authority Staff from Ports

Public from 11:55 AM (20 mins)
Oral Evidence from DAERA - SL1 - The Specified Diseases (Notification and Control Measures) Amendment Order (Northern Ireland) 2021

Oral Evidence from DAERA - SL1 - The Aquatic Animal Health (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021

Oral Evidence from DAERA - SL1 - The Tuberculosis Control (Amendment) Order (NI) 2021

Oral Evidence from DAERA - SL1 - The Animal Health & Welfare Amendment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021

Public from 12:15 PM (10 mins)
Written Briefing DAERA - SR 2021/65 The Sea Fish Industry (Coronavirus) (Fixed Costs) Scheme (Northern Ireland) 2020

Public from 12:25 PM (10 mins)
Written Briefing from DAERA - Statutory Instrument - The Common Organisation of the Markets in Agricultural Products (Fruit and Vegetable Producer Organisations) (Amendment etc.) Regulations 2021 AGS/006

Public from 12:35 PM (10 mins)
Written Briefing DAERA - EU Transition Update

Written Briefing DAERA - Covid-19 Update

Written Briefing DAERA - Public Consultation on the extension of the current NIEA Regulatory Charging Policy 1 April 2021 – 31 March 2023

Public from 12:45 PM (10 mins)
Committee Business
2:00 PMStarleaf (Room 29), Virtual Meeting, Ad Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights

Public from 2:00 PM (3 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 2:03 PM (60 mins)
Briefing from Dame Vera Baird QC; Victims' Rights
• Dame Vera Baird QC, Office of the Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales

Public from 3:03 PM (2 mins)
Written Briefing from Professor Louise Mallinder; International Human Rights Law Standards on Victims' Rights

Public from 3:05 PM (60 mins)
Briefing from Conradh na Gaeilge; Language Rights
• Mr Conchúr Ó Muadaigh, Conradh na Gaeilge

Public from 4:05 PM (10 mins)
Committee Business
2:00 PMSenate ChamberCommittee for Justice

Public from 2:00 PM (5 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 2:05 PM (170 mins)
Review of Sentencing Policy in Northern Ireland - Proposed Way Forward
• Mr Brian Grzymek, DoJ
• Ms Angela Bell, DoJ
• Ms Máire Sheehan, DoJ

Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service Business Recovery Update
• Mr Peter Luney, Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Proposed Legislative Consent Motion

UK Financial Services Bill - Update

SL1: Amendment to the Criminal Justice (Sentencing) (Licence Conditions) (Northern Ireland) Rules 2009

SL1: The Damages (Personal Injury) Order (Northern Ireland) 2021

Civil Justice Modernisation Programme - Overview of the Department’s Civil Justice Modernisation Delivery Plan

Private Family Law Early Intervention Action Plan

NI Audit Office Report on Injury on Duty Schemes for PSNI and NI Prison Service - Response from NI Policing Board

Stopping Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse Seven Year Strategy - Year Six Action Plan and Overview of Progress against the Year Five Action Plan

Public from 4:55 PM (5 mins)
Committee Business
2:00 PMRoom 30Public Accounts Committee

Public from 2:00 PM (30 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 2:30 PM (15 mins)
Memorandum of Reply - Management of the NI Direct Strategic Partner Project - Helping to deliver Digital Transformation/The LandWeb Project: an update

Closed from 2:45 PM (90 mins)
Inquiry into Capacity and Capability in the NICS - Consideration of draft report

Closed from 4:15 PM (30 mins)
Inquiry into Generating Electricity from Renewable Energy - Preparation Session

Closed from 4:45 PM (15 mins)
Committee Business

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