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Business Diary

Monday 23 November 2020 - Friday 27 November 2020

* 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 23 November 2020
12:00 PMAssembly ChamberPlenary Session
Tuesday 24 November 2020
10:30 AMAssembly ChamberPlenary Session
1:03 PMSenate ChamberBusiness Committee

Closed from 1:03 PM (22 mins)
Committee Business
Wednesday 25 November 2020
9:05 AMRoom 29Committee for Education

Public from 9:05 AM (6 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 9:11 AM (78 mins)
Independent Review of Integrated Education - Oral Briefing - Report Author
• Mr Colm Cavanagh, Independent Review of Integrated Education

Public from 10:29 AM (69 mins)
Independent Review of Integrated Education - Department of Education - Update on implementation
• Ms Alison Chambers, DE
• Mrs Shirley Sweeney, DE
• Mr David Gibson, DE

Public from 11:38 AM (21 mins)
Committee Business
10:00 AMSenate ChamberCommittee for Infrastructure

Public from 10:00 AM (38 mins)
Committee Business

Subordinate Legislation - SRs - Not Subject to Assembly Proceedings

SR 2020-252 The Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 (Public Service Obligations in Transport) (Amendment) (EU Exit) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020

SR 2020-258 The Killyvally Road, Garvagh (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2020

SR 2020-265 The Seagoe Industrial Estate, Craigavon (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2020

SR 2020-271 The Mount Pleasant, Townhill Road, Portglenone (Stopping-Up) Order (Northern Ireland) 2020

SR 2020-273 The A26 Crankill Road Central Reservation, Ballymena (Stopping-Up) Order (Northern Ireland) 2020

Public from 10:38 AM (80 mins)
Departmental Briefing - PC21
• Ms Linda MacHugh, DfI
• Mr Damian Curran, DfI

Public from 11:58 AM (67 mins)
Briefing from the Community Transport Association
• Mr Tim Cairns, Community Transport Association
• Mr Paddy McEldowney, Easilink Community Transport
• Mrs Ashley Keane, Out and About Community Transport

Public from 1:05 PM (3 mins)
Committee Business
10:04 AMRoom 30Committee for the Economy

Public from 10:04 AM (1 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 10:05 AM (90 mins)
Departmental Briefing - EU Exit Preparation and Transition Group: Business Readiness for the end of the Transition period
• Mr Shane Murphy, DfE
• Mr Victor Dukelow, DfE
• Ms Giulia Ni Dhulchaointigh, DfE
• Dr Mary McIvor, DfE

Public from 11:35 AM (25 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 12:00 PM (45 mins)
SL1 – The Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (Coronavirus, Calculation of a week’s pay) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

Committee Business

Public from 12:45 PM (6 mins)
Committee Business
12:48 PMRoom 29Audit Committee

Public from 12:48 PM (2 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 12:50 PM (25 mins)
Review of the governance and accountability arrangements for the Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO) and the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman (NIPSO) – Research briefing: Public Audit Governance
• Ms Emma Dellow Perry, Research Officer

Public from 1:15 PM (28 mins)
Review of the governance and accountability arrangements for the Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO) and the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman (NIPSO) - Research briefing: Offices of the Ombudsman in other legislatures
• Ms Georgina Ryan-White, Research Officer

Closed from 1:44 PM (47 mins)
Review of the governance and accountability arrangements for the Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO) and the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman (NIPSO) - Legal Advice and related matters

Public from 2:31 PM (24 mins)
NIPSO – Briefing on Annual Report & Accounts 2019/20
• Ms Margaret Kelly, Northern Ireland Ombudsman's Office
• Mr John McGinnity, Northern Ireland Ombudsman's Office
• Mr Paul McFadden, Northern Ireland Ombudsman's Office

Public from 2:55 PM (12 mins)
Northern Ireland Assembly Commission (NIAC) – Research briefing: In-year Audit Committee scrutiny
• Ms Rachel Keyes, Research Officer

Public from 3:07 PM (4 mins)
Committee Business
2:00 PMRoom 30Committee for The Executive Office

Public from 2:00 PM (45 mins)
Committee Business

Brexit - Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs
• Deputy Joe McHugh, Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs
• Deputy Brendan Howlin, Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs
• Deputy John Brady, Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs
• Deputy Marian Harkin, Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs
• Deputy Neale Richmond, Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs
• Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú, Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs
• Senator Michael McDowell, Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs
• Senator Vincent P. Martin, Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs
• Senator Sharon Keogan, Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs

Public from 2:45 PM (60 mins)
Brexit - Oral evidence session with Junior Ministers on Brexit issues
• Mr Gordon Lyons, junior Minister
• Mr Declan Kearney, junior Minister

Public from 3:45 PM (30 mins)
Brexit - Consideration of draft report on the evidence received from local councils on the impact of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union

Committee Business
2:01 PMSenate ChamberCommittee for Finance

Public from 2:01 PM (2 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 2:03 PM (42 mins)
Oral Evidence - Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service - Amendments to the Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012
• Michael Graham, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service
• Paddy Gallagher, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service
• Geoff Somerville, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Public from 2:45 PM (10 mins)
SR 2020/262 The Financial Assistance (Coronavirus) (No. 2) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

Public from 2:55 PM (47 mins)
Committee Business

Closed from 3:42 PM (4 mins)
Committee Business
Thursday 26 November 2020
9:32 AMSenate ChamberCommittee for Health

Public from 9:32 AM (3 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 9:35 AM (75 mins)
Departmental Briefing - Budget
• Ms Brigitte Worth, DoH
• Mr David Keenan, DoH
• Mr Andrew Dawson, DoH
• Ms Ciara Dolan, DoH

Public from 10:50 AM (70 mins)
Briefing from Chair of Inter-Departmental Working Group Mother and Baby institutions
• Ms Judith Gillespie, Inter-Departmental Working Group Mother and Baby institutions
• Ms Eilís McDaniel, DoH
• Mr Gareth Johnston, TEO

Public from 12:00 PM (10 mins)
SR 2020/250 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (Amendment No. 13) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020
• Ms Maura Campbell, DoJ

Public from 12:10 PM (10 mins)
SR 2020/255 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (Amendment No. 14) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020
• Mr Anthony Carleton, DfC

Public from 12:20 PM (10 mins)
SR 2020/256 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (Amendment No. 15) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020
• Mr David Hughes, DoH

Public from 12:30 PM (10 mins)
SR 2020/253 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings) (Amendment No. 4) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020
• Ms Maura Campbell, DoJ

Public from 12:40 PM (15 mins)
SL1 – The Food and Feed Hygiene and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020
• Ms Kathryn Baker, Food Standards Agency NI
• Ms Maria Jennings, Food Standards Agency NI

Public from 12:55 PM (20 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 1:15 PM (45 mins)
Committee Business - Adjournment to Room 21

Closed from 2:00 PM (92 mins)
Committee Inquiry: COVID-19 and its impact on Care Homes - Consideration of Inquiry
9:51 AMRoom 30Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Public from 9:51 AM (3 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 9:54 AM (78 mins)
Oral Evidence from DAERA - Rural Policy Framework for Northern Ireland
• Mr Paul Donnelly, DAERA
• Mr Gareth Evans, DAERA
• Ms Fiona McCandless, DAERA

Public from 11:12 AM (46 mins)
Oral Evidence from - Rural Community Network, Rural Action and NI Rural Womens Network - The Future Rural Affairs Policy
• Ms Louise Coyle, Northern Ireland Rural Women's Network
• Mr Aidan Campbell, Rural Community Network
• Ms Teresa Cavanan, Rural Action

Public from 11:58 AM (19 mins)
Oral Evidence from DAERA - Common Framework For Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depleting Substances
• Mr Colin Nugent, DAERA

Public from 12:17 PM (9 mins)
Written Briefing DAERA - SL1 - The Sea Fish Industry (Coronavirus) (Fixed Costs) (No.2) Scheme (Northern Ireland) 2020
• Mr Patrick Smith, DAERA
• Mr Paddy Campbell, DAERA
• Mr Ronnie McBride, DAERA

Written Briefing DAERA - SL1 - The Seeds (Northern Ireland Variety Lists) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

Public from 12:26 PM (7 mins)
Written Briefing from DAERA - Statutory Instrument Defra/AG/32 – The Fertilisers and Ammonium Nitrate Material (Amendment) (EU Exit) (No.2)Regulations 2020
• Mr Tommy McNamara, DAERA

Public from 12:33 PM (2 mins)
Written Briefing from DAERA - EU Exit Preparation and Delivery Update

Public from 12:35 PM (5 mins)
Committee Business
10:02 AMRoom 29Committee for Communities

Public from 10:02 AM (9 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 10:11 AM (56 mins)
COVID-19 and the Impact on the Charity Sector - Briefing by CO3
• Ms Nora Smith, CO3
• Ms Sarah Quinlan, The Children's Heartbeat Trust
• Mr Barry Macaulay, The Stroke Association

Suspension from 11:07 AM (5 mins)

Public from 11:12 AM (89 mins)
Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill - Briefing by RaISe
• Ms Eleanor Murphy, Research Officer
• Mr Aidan Stennett, Research Officer
• Mr Ray Russell, Research Officer

Public from 12:41 PM (4 mins)
SL1 Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Act (NI) 2011 (Commencement No.6) Order (NI) 2020
• Ms Carol Reid, DfC
• Mr Eamonn Diver, DfC

SL1 The Registration of Clubs (Accounts) Regulations (NI) 2020
• Ms Carol Reid, DfC
• Mr Eamonn Diver, DfC

Public from 12:45 PM (27 mins)
Sign Language Legislation - Briefing by RaISe
• Ms Karen McCallion, Research Officer

Public from 1:12 PM (3 mins)
Committee Business
2:00 PMRoom 29Ad 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 the Lord Chief Justice
• Rt Hon. Sir Declan Morgan, Office of the Lord Chief Justice

Public from 3:03 PM (12 mins)
Committee Business
2:00 PMSenate ChamberCommittee for Justice

Closed from 2:00 PM (30 mins)
Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill - Proposed Amendments for Further Consideration Stage
• Ms Stephanie Mallon, Assembly Clerk

Public from 2:30 PM (5 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 2:35 PM (170 mins)
Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill - Proposed Departmental Amendments for Further Consideration Stage
• Dr Veronica Holland, DoJ
• Mr John Bradley, DoJ
• Mr Stephen Martin, DoJ
• Mr Paul Andrews, Legal Services Agency

Update on the Tackling Paramilitary Activity, Criminality and Organised Crime Programme
• Ms Adele Brown, DoJ
• Mr Christopher Farrington, DoJ
• Ms Mary Lemon, DoJ

Criminal Justice (Committal Reform) Bill - Committee Timetable and Motion to Extend the Committee Stage

SL1: The Carriage of Explosives (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

New Legal Framework for the Personal Injury Discount Rate - Summary of Consultation Responses and Proposed Way Forward

Action Plan in Response to the Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland Report on ‘The Care and Treatment of Victims and Witnesses in the Criminal Justice System in Northern Ireland’

Public from 5:25 PM (5 mins)
Committee Business
2:04 PMRoom 30Public Accounts Committee

Public from 2:04 PM (12 mins)
Committee Business
• Mr Kieran Donnelly CB, Northern Ireland Audit Office

Public from 2:16 PM (77 mins)
Inquiry into Capacity and Capability in the NICS - Briefing Session
• Mr Kieran Donnelly CB, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Conor McGeown, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Rodney Allen, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Ms Christine Burns, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office

Closed from 3:33 PM (34 mins)
Inquiry into Capacity and Capability in the NICS - Preparation Session
• Mr Kieran Donnelly CB, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Conor McGeown, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Rodney Allen, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Ms Christine Burns, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office

Closed from 4:07 PM (11 mins)
Inquiry into Special Educational Needs - Issues Paper 2
• Mr Kieran Donnelly CB, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Ms Karen Armstrong, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Ms Suzanne Murphy, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Ms Colette Kane, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office

Closed from 4:18 PM (14 mins)
Northern Ireland Audit Office - Briefing on NIAO Reports
• Mr Kieran Donnelly CB, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office

Closed from 4:32 PM (13 mins)
Committee Business
• Mr Kieran Donnelly CB, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office

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