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

Business Diary

Monday 22 February 2021 - Friday 26 February 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 22 February 2021
12:00 PMAssembly ChamberPlenary Session
Tuesday 23 February 2021
10:30 AMAssembly ChamberPlenary Session
1:05 PMSenate ChamberBusiness Committee

Closed from 1:05 PM (17 mins)
Committee Business
Wednesday 24 February 2021
9:33 AMStarleaf (Senate Chamber), Virtual Meeting, Committee for Education

Public from 9:33 AM (15 mins)
Committee Business

Closed from 9:48 AM (62 mins)
Assembly Research - Briefing on UNCRC inc Restraint & Seclusion
• Sinead McMurray, Research Officer

Public from 10:50 AM (73 mins)
Restrictive practice, seclusion and restraint - Parent Action briefing
• Ms Orla Fitzsimons, Parent Carer Advocacy
• Mrs Deirdre Shakespeare, None
• Ms Beth Morrison, Positive & Active Behavioural Support Scotland

Public from 12:03 PM (70 mins)
Restrictive practice, seclusion and restraint - Departmental briefing
• Mr Ricky Irwin, DE
• Mrs Julie Humphries, DE
• Ms Shauna Collinson, Education Authority
• Ms Andrea Kelly, Education Authority

Public from 1:13 PM (21 mins)
Committee Business
9:33 AMRoom 29Committee for Infrastructure

Public from 9:33 AM (24 mins)
Committee Business

Amended Minutes of 16 December 2020

Public from 9:57 AM (78 mins)
Departmental Briefing - SL1 - Further Financial Assistance for Bus and Coach Operators due to Coronavirus
• Ms Julie Thompson, DfI
• Mr Philip Gallagher, DfI

Public from 11:15 AM (4 mins)
Committee Business
10:06 AMRoom 30Committee for the Economy

Public from 10:06 AM (2 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 10:08 AM (57 mins)
Department for the Economy & Department of Education Briefing - 14-19 Strategy
• Ms Heather Cousins, DfE
• Mr Jamie Warnock, DfE
• Ms Karen McCullough, DE
• Ms Claire McClelland, DE
• Ms Joan Cassells, DE

Public from 11:05 AM (60 mins)
FSB, Logistics UK, NI Retail Consortium & Retail NI Briefing - EU Exit and NI Protocol
• Mr Roger Pollen, Federation of Small Businesses
• Mr Seamus Leheny, LogisticsUK
• Mr Aodhán Connolly, Northern Ireland Retail Consortium
• Mr Glyn Roberts, Retail NI

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

Public from 12:15 PM (30 mins)
Skills Strategy and Economic Output Micro Inquiry Special Report

SR 2020/331 The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (Coronavirus) (Amendment of Relevant Period for Meetings of Registered Societies and Credit Unions No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

Departmental Written Briefing - Update on Apprenticeship Recovery

Departmental Written Briefing - ESF Succession Project

Programme for Government - Draft Outcomes Framework

Consultation on the Future of the Northern Ireland Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

EU Exit Structures

Public from 12:45 PM (15 mins)
Committee Business
12:48 PMStarleaf (Room 29), Virtual Meeting, Committee on Standards and Privileges

Public from 12:48 PM (3 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 12:51 PM (1 mins)
All-Party Group (APG) Update

Closed from 12:53 PM (22 mins)
Recification Procedure - Briefing from Assembly Legal Services

Closed from 1:15 PM (11 mins)
Proposed use of rectification procedure for an individual case
• DR Melissa McCullough, Northern Ireland Assembly

Closed from 1:26 PM (19 mins)
Referral of a complaint to the Committee for further consideration
• DR Melissa McCullough, Northern Ireland Assembly

Closed from 1:45 PM (9 mins)
Draft Committee report on Stage 1 of the Review of the Code of Conduct and Guide to the Rules

Closed from 1:54 PM (1 mins)
Committee Business
2:00 PMStarleaf (Room 30), Virtual Meeting, Committee for The Executive Office

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

Departmental Spending Plans - Oral evidence session with departmental officials
• Dr Mark Browne, TEO
• Ms Neelia Lloyd, TEO
• Ms Tara Kennedy, TEO

Public from 3:00 PM (60 mins)
Brexit - Oral evidence session with Junior Ministers on Brexit issues
• Mr Declan Kearney, junior Minister
• Mr Gary Middleton, junior Minister

Public from 4:00 PM (15 mins)
Committee Business
2:03 PMSenate ChamberCommittee for Finance

Public from 2:03 PM (11 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 2:14 PM (63 mins)
RaISe Oral Briefing - Q3 Outturn; Pandemic Bids, draft Budget Bill 2021, Spring Supplementary Estimates (SSEs) and Vote on Account
• Ms Rachel Keyes, Research Officer
• Mr Colin Pidgeon, Research Officer
• Mr Christopher Rothwell, Research Officer

Public from 3:17 PM (4 mins)
Written Briefing - Statutory Committees - 2021-22 Draft Budget

Public from 3:21 PM (31 mins)
Oral Evidence - Construction Employers' Federation - 2021-22 Draft Budget
• Mark Spence, Construction Employers Federation
• David Fry, Construction Employers Federation

Public from 3:52 PM (49 mins)
Oral Evidence - Department of Finance – draft Budget Bill 2021, Spring Supplementary Estimates (SSEs) and Vote on Account
• Joanne McBurney, DoF
• Jonathan McAdams, DoF
• Roisin Kelly, DoF

Public from 4:41 PM (27 mins)
Committee Business
Thursday 25 February 2021
9:16 AMRoom 29Committee for Communities

Public from 9:16 AM (42 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 9:58 AM (31 mins)
Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill - Briefing by NILGA
• Ms Karen Smyth, Northern Ireland Local Government Association
• Mr David Brown, Institute of Licensing
• Frances Burton, Northern Ireland Local Government Association

Suspension from 10:29 AM (5 mins)

Public from 10:34 AM (26 mins)
Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill - Briefing by PSNI
• Mr Mark McEwan, PSNI

Public from 11:00 AM (45 mins)
Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill - NI Alcohol and Drug Alliance
• Ms Pauline Campbell, NI Alcohol and Drug Alliance
• Ms Andrea Trainor, NI Alcohol and Drug Alliance

Public from 11:45 AM (45 mins)
Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill - Briefing by Stirling University
• Ms Rachel O'Donnell, Sterling University
• Ms Niamh Fitzgerald, Sterling University

Public from 12:30 PM (30 mins)
Committee Business

SR 2021/38 The Pension Protection Fund and Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling) Order (NI) 2021

SL1 The Covid-19 Heating Payment Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021
9:30 AMStarleaf (Senate Chamber), Virtual Meeting, Committee for Health

Public from 9:30 AM (5 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 9:35 AM (40 mins)
COVID-19 Disease Response - Update on vaccination programme
• Ms Patricia Donnelly, DoH

Public from 10:15 AM (60 mins)
Briefing from Chief Nursing Officer - Workforce
• Prof Charlotte McArdle, DoH
• Ms Heather Finlay, DoH

Public from 11:15 AM (10 mins)
SR 2021/17 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel, Operator Liability and Public Health Advice) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021
• Ms Elaine Colgan, DoH
• Ms Gillian Hynes, DoH

Public from 11:25 AM (10 mins)
SR 2021/32 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (Amendment No. 6) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021
• Ms Elaine Colgan, DoH
• Ms Gillian Hynes, DoH

Public from 11:35 AM (10 mins)
SR 2021/26 The Healthy Start Scheme and Day Care Food Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021

Public from 11:45 AM (10 mins)
SL1 - The Recovery of Health Services Charges (Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021

Public from 11:55 AM (45 mins)
Severe Fetal Impairment Abortion (Amendment) Bill

Public from 12:40 PM (50 mins)
Committee Business
10:00 AMStarleaf (Room 30), Virtual Meeting, Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Closed from 10:00 AM (10 mins)

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

Public from 10:15 AM (10 mins)
Oral Evidence from DAERA - Update on the Climate Change Bill Discussion Document
• Mr Colin Breen, DAERA
• Ms Arlene McGowan, DAERA
• Mr Anthony Courtney, DAERA

Public from 10:25 AM (50 mins)
Oral Evidence from - NI Farm Groups - Farm Welfare Bill
• Mr Jim Carmichael, Northern Ireland Agricultural Producers Association
• Mr William Taylor, Farmers For Action
• Mr Michael Clarke, Northern Ireland Agricultural Producers Association
• Mr Sean McAuley, Farmers For Action

Public from 11:15 AM (60 mins)
Oral Evidence from DAERA - Implications of EU Exit and impact of TCA on SRs
• Mr Seamus McErlean, DAERA
• Mr Mark McLean, DAERA
• Mr Tommy McNamara, DAERA

Public from 12:15 PM (10 mins)
Written Briefing from DAERA - SL1 – The Agricultural Commodities (Coronavirus)(Income Support) Scheme (Northern Ireland) 2021 : this will provide Covid Support for Pig and Poultry Farmers
• Mr Steven Millar, DAERA

Public from 12:25 PM (10 mins)
Written Briefing from DAERA - Statutory Instrument - The Air Quality (Legislative Functions) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (Defra/ENV/27)
• Mr Colin Nugent, DAERA
• Ms Caroline Barry, DAERA

Public from 12:35 PM (10 mins)
Written Briefing from DAERA - Consultation on the Agricultural Wages (Regulations) Order (NI) 1977, regarding the Agricultural Wages Board

Written Briefing from DAERA - EU Transition Update

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 by Dr Robin Wilson: Perspective on a Bill of Rights
• Dr Robin Wilson, Council of Europe

Public from 3:03 PM (60 mins)
Briefing by Jonna Monaghan: Perspective on a Bill of Rights
• Ms Jonna Monaghan, Northern Ireland Women's European Platform

Public from 4:03 PM (12 mins)
Committee Business
2:00 PMRoom 30Committee for Justice

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

Public from 2:05 PM (170 mins)
CJINI Report on the Care and Treatment of Victims and Witnesses in the Criminal Justice System in Northern Ireland
• Ms Jacqui Durkin, Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland

Action Plan to address findings and recommendations in CJINI Report on the Care and Treatment of Victims and Witnesses in the Criminal Justice System in Northern Ireland
• Mr Mark McEwan, PSNI
• Ms Marianne O'Kane, Public Prosecution Service
• Ms Geraldine Hanna, Victim Support
• Ms Julie Wilson, DoJ
• Ms Liz Semple, DoJ

Protection from Stalking Bill - Committee Timetable and Motion to Extend the Committee Stage

Criminal Justice (Committal Reform) Bill - Report of the Assembly Examiner of Statutory Rules on the Delegated Powers and potential Research requests

NI Audit Office Report on Injury on Duty Schemes for PSNI and NI Prison Service - Update

Proposals to Amend the Legislation Governing the Retention of DNA and Fingerprints in Northern Ireland - Response from Department of Justice to issues raised by NI Human Rights Commission

Public from 4:55 PM (5 mins)
Committee Business
2:00 PMSenate ChamberPublic Accounts Committee

Public from 2:00 PM (10 mins)
Committee Business
• Mr Kieran Donnelly CB, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office

Public from 2:10 PM (10 mins)
Ministerial Direction - Special Schools – Direct Payments in lieu of Free School Meals (FSM) to families of entitled children in special schools from 25 January – 12 February during current Coronavirus restrictions
• Mr Kieran Donnelly CB, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Patrick Barr, Northern Ireland Audit Office

Closed from 2:20 PM (40 mins)
Inquiry into Driver and Vehicle Agency 2019-20 - Issues Paper
• Mr Kieran Donnelly CB, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Ms Colette Kane, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Ms Suzanne Murphy, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Ms Caroline Laird, Northern Ireland Audit Office

Closed from 3:00 PM (30 mins)
Inquiry into Capacity and Capability in the NICS - Briefing and Preparation Session
• Mr Kieran Donnelly CB, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Rodney Allen, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Ms Christine Burns, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Conor McGeown, Northern Ireland Audit Office

Closed from 3:30 PM (10 mins)
Committee Business
• Mr Kieran Donnelly CB, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office

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