Business Diary

Monday 29 November 2021 - Friday 03 December 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 29 November 2021
12:00 PMAssembly ChamberPlenary Session
Tuesday 30 November 2021
9:14 AMRoom 30Committee for Communities

Public from 9:14 AM (4 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 9:18 AM (102 mins)
Private Tenancies Bill - Committee Deliberations
• Mr David Polley, DfC
• Ms Eilish O'Neill, DfC
• Ms Karen Barr, DfC

Public from 11:00 AM (2 mins)
Committee Business
10:30 AMAssembly ChamberPlenary Session
12:35 PMMicrosoft Teams, Virtual Meeting, Audit Committee

Closed from 12:35 PM (2 mins)
Committee Business

Closed from 12:37 PM (9 mins)
Consideration of Draft Committee Report – Budget 2022-25

Closed from 12:46 PM (1 mins)
Committee Business
12:48 PMStarleaf (Room 30), Virtual Meeting, Committee for Health

Public from 12:48 PM (1 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 12:49 PM (66 mins)
Winter pressures - Briefing from the Royal College of Surgeons
• Mr Mark Taylor, Royal College of Surgeons
• Mr Isaac Philip, Royal College of Surgeons
• Mr Tim Mitchell, Royal College of Surgeons
• Mr Mano Shanmuganathan, Royal College of Surgeons
• Mr Brian Duggan, Royal College of Surgeons
• Mr David Swain, Royal College of Surgeons

Public from 1:55 PM (9 mins)
Committee Business
1:03 PMSenate ChamberBusiness Committee

Closed from 1:03 PM (17 mins)
Committee Business
3:32 PMRoom 30Committee for Justice

Public from 3:32 PM (3 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 3:35 PM (30 mins)
Protection from Stalking Bill - Committee Formal Clause by Clause Consideration

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Proposed LCM – Retaining the Use of Audio and Visual Links in the Courts – written paper

Statutory Authority for a Fee for a Certified/Sealed Copy of a Grant in Non-Contentious Probate Business Area - written paper

Department of Justice Business Plan 2021/22 - Progress Update - written paper

SL1 - Police Pensions (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2022 - Consultation to Fulfil the Prospective Part of the McCloud Remedy – written paper

Consultation on Proposals to Introduce Charlotte’s Law - written paper

Public from 4:05 PM (6 mins)
Committee Business
Wednesday 01 December 2021
9:36 AMStarleaf, Virtual Meeting, Committee for Education

Public from 9:36 AM (18 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 9:54 AM (90 mins)
Verbal Arts Centre - Oral briefing on the work of Verbal
• Ms Andrea Doran, Verbal Arts Centre

Public from 11:24 AM (56 mins)
Period Products (Free Provision) Bill - Oral briefing from the Bill Sponsor, Pat Catney MLA
• Mr Pat Catney, MLA
• Mr Johnny McCarthy, Social Democratic and Labour Party

Committee Business
10:02 AMSenate ChamberCommittee for Infrastructure

Public from 10:02 AM (40 mins)
Committee Business

SL1 - The Footway to the rear of Quadrant Place, near Albert Street, Belfast (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2021

SL1 - The Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 (Public Service Obligations in Transport) (Amendment) (EU Exit) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021
• Ms Jackie Robinson, DfI
• Ms Linda Buick, Department for Infrastructure

Subordinate Legislation - SRs - Not Subject to Assembly Proceedings

SR 2021-305 The Taxis (Taximeters, Devices and Maximum Fares) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021

SR 2021-310 The Rockfield Park, Portaferry (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2021

Public from 10:42 AM (96 mins)
Departmental Briefing – Budget - Outcome of the October Monitoring and the 2022-25 Budget
• Ms Susan Anderson, DfI
• Mr Declan McGeown, DfI
• Dr Andrew Murray, DfI

Public from 12:18 PM (18 mins)
Committee Business
10:07 AMRoom 30Committee for the Economy

Public from 10:07 AM (2 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 10:09 AM (36 mins)
Small-Scale Green Energy Bill - Briefing from the Utility Regulator
• Mr John French, Utility Regulator Northern Ireland
• Mr Kevin Shiels, Utility Regulator Northern Ireland

Public from 10:45 AM (50 mins)
Small-Scale Green Energy Bill - Briefing from NI Networks
• Ronan McKeown, NIE Networks
• Ms Sinead Ferris, NIE Networks

Public from 11:35 AM (40 mins)
Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill - Briefing from the Department
• Mr Keith Foster, DfE
• Ms Sarah Jones, DfE
• Mr Stephen Herdman, DfE

Public from 12:15 PM (15 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 12:30 PM (10 mins)
Small-Scale Green Energy Bill

Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Bill

SR 2021/304 The Insolvency Practitioners (Recognised Professional Bodies) (Revocation of Recognition) Order (Northern Ireland) 2021

SL1 - The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (Coronavirus) (Schedule 8) (Early Termination of Certain Temporary Provisions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021

Public from 12:40 PM (4 mins)
Committee Business
12:43 PMRoom 29Assembly and Executive Review Committee

Public from 12:43 PM (2 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 12:45 PM (14 mins)
Review of Opposition Entitlements – follow up from Assembly approval of Committee report

Public from 12:59 PM (12 mins)
Update on other strategic priorities

Public from 1:11 PM (2 mins)
Committee Business
2:01 PMSenate ChamberCommittee for Finance

Public from 2:01 PM (3 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 2:04 PM (74 mins)
Defamation Bill - Committee Stage – Oral Evidence
• Mr Paul Tweed, Independent

Suspension from 3:19 PM (4 mins)

Public from 3:23 PM (103 mins)
Defamation Bill - Committee Stage – Oral Evidence
• Mr Sam McBride, Independent
• Mr David Attfield, BBC

Public from 5:06 PM (1 mins)
Oral Briefing - Fiscal Council Comprehensive Guide Report – Northern Ireland Fiscal Council
• Sir Robert Chote, Northern Ireland Fiscal Council
• Professor Alan Barrett, Northern Ireland Fiscal Council
• Dr Esmond Birnie, Northern Ireland Fiscal Council
• Maureen O'Reilly, Northern Ireland Fiscal Council

Public from 5:08 PM (7 mins)
Committee Business
2:05 PMRoom 30Committee for The Executive Office

Public from 2:05 PM (78 mins)
Committee Business

Refugee Integration Strategy - Departmental Officials - Oral Briefing
• Mr Gareth Johnston, TEO
• Mrs Orla McStravick, TEO
• Ms Debbie Murphy, TEO

Public from 3:23 PM (37 mins)
Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman - Statement of Principles for Complaints - Oral Briefing
• Ms Margaret Kelly, Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman
• Mr Sean Martin, Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman
• Mrs Joanne Matthews, Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman

Public from 4:00 PM (12 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 4:31 PM (67 mins)
UK Exit from EU - European Commission Vice President - Oral Briefing
• Mr Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission
2:32 PMRoom 29Committee on Procedures

Public from 2:32 PM (2 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 2:34 PM (37 mins)
Legislative Consent Motions - Briefing by RaISe
• Ms Emma Dellow Perry, Research Officer

Public from 3:11 PM (18 mins)
Review of Private Members' Bills - Oral evidence from Mr Chris Lyttle MLA
• Mr Chris Lyttle, MLA

Public from 3:29 PM (26 mins)
Review of Private Members' Bills - Oral evidence from Ms Kellie Armstrong MLA
• Ms Kellie Armstrong, MLA

Public from 3:55 PM (3 mins)
Section 6A Consent Decisions - Update

Public from 3:58 PM (10 mins)
The Northern Ireland (Ministers, Elections and Petitions of Concern) 2022 Act - Update and further consideration.

Public from 4:08 PM (3 mins)
Committee Business
Thursday 02 December 2021
9:10 AMRoom 29Committee for Communities

Public from 9:10 AM (15 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 9:25 AM (5 mins)
Support for Mortgage Interest Etc. (Security for Loans) Bill

Public from 9:30 AM (8 mins)
Charities Bill - Agreement of Report

Public from 9:38 AM (29 mins)
Private Tenancies Bill - Committee Deliberations
• Mr David Polley, DfC
• Ms Karen Barr, DfC
• Ms Eilish O'Neill, DfC

Suspension from 10:07 AM (6 mins)

Public from 10:13 AM (22 mins)
Private Tenancies Bill - Committee Deliberations
• Mr David Polley, DfC
• Ms Karen Barr, DfC
• Ms Eilish O'Neill, DfC

Closed from 10:35 AM (60 mins)
Private Tenancies Bill - Committee Deliberations

Public from 11:35 AM (21 mins)
Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Amendment) Bill - RaISe briefing
• Ms Eleanor Murphy, Research Officer

Public from 11:56 AM (38 mins)
Departmental briefing on Sub-Regional Stadia
• Ms Nicola Leckie, DfC
• Ms Kathryn Hill, DfC

Public from 12:34 PM (20 mins)
The Pension Schemes (Conversion of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions) Bill - Departmental briefing
• Ms Anne McCleary, DfC
• Ms Doreen Roy, DfC
• Mr Richard Jordan, DfC

Public from 12:54 PM (7 mins)
SR 2021 302 The Universal Credit (Work Allowance and Taper) (Amendment) Regs (NI) 2021

SR 2021 303 The UC (Exception to the Requirement not to be receiving Education) (Amendment) Regs (NI) 2021

Committee Business
9:16 AMStarleaf, Virtual Meeting, Committee for Health

Public from 9:16 AM (4 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 9:20 AM (100 mins)
Winter pressures - Briefing from Minister of Heath
• Mr Robin Swann, Minister of Health
• Mr Peter Jakobsen, DoH
• Mr Gearoid Cassidy, DoH
• Mr Alastair Campbell, DoH
• Mr Paul Cavanagh, Health and Social Care Board
• Mr Mark McGuicken, DoH

Public from 11:00 AM (60 mins)
Winter pressures - Briefing from NI Ambulance Service Trust
• Mr Michael Bloomfield, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Trust
• Ms Rosie Byrne, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Trust
• Ms Maxine Paterson, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Trust

Public from 12:00 PM (45 mins)
SR 2021/315 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (Amendment No. 19) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021
• Ms Elaine Colgan, DoH
• Mr Peter Luney, TEO

Closed from 12:45 PM (15 mins)
Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill - Consideration of written submissions

Closed from 1:00 PM (20 mins)
Organ and Tissue Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill - Deliberations

Closed from 1:20 PM (20 mins)
Autism (Amendment) Bill - Deliberations

Public from 1:40 PM (20 mins)
Committee Business
10:04 AMRoom 30Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Public from 10:04 AM (3 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 10:07 AM (23 mins)
Climate Change No.1 Bill - Clause-by-Clause Consideration

Public from 10:30 AM (8 mins)
January Monitoring Round Proposals - Written Briefing: DAERA

Public from 10:38 AM (31 mins)
NI Food Animal Information Service - Gateway Review
• Mr Brian Doherty, DAERA
• Mr Nigel Trimble, DAERA
• Mr Paul McGurnaghan, DAERA

Public from 11:09 AM (49 mins)
Hunting Wild Mammals with Dogs - Briefing by Bill Sponsor
• Mr John Blair, MLA
• Ms Kate Livingstone, Alliance Party

Public from 11:58 AM (7 mins)
Hunting Wild Mammals with Dogs - Plan for Committee Stage: Clerk's Briefing

Public from 12:05 PM (24 mins)
Alternative Control Herds: Bovine TB Measures - Oral Briefing: RaISe
• Mr Mark Allen, Research Officer

Public from 12:29 PM (1 mins)
SL1 - The Animals (Identification, Records, Movement and Enforcement) (Amendment) Regulations (NI) 2021 - Deferred

Public from 12:30 PM (1 mins)
SL1 Single Use Carrier Bags Charge (Amendment) Regulations (NI) 2022

Closed from 12:31 PM (38 mins)
Climate Change No.2 Bill - Informal Deliberations
• Ms Barbara Love, Assembly Clerk
• Mr Colin Breen, DAERA
• Ms Arlene McGowan, DAERA
• Mr Anthony Courtney, DAERA

Public from 1:09 PM (6 mins)
Committee Business

Suspension from 1:15 PM (114 mins)

Public from 3:09 PM (17 mins)
Climate Change No.1 Bill - Consideration of Draft Bill Report
2:05 PMSenate ChamberCommittee for Justice

Public from 2:05 PM (5 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 2:10 PM (108 mins)
Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill - Oral Evidence session with Women’s Aid
• Ms Sonya McMullan, Women's Aid Federation Northern Ireland
• Ms Karen Devlin, Women's Aid Federation Northern Ireland

Report on the Responses to the Consultation on Non-Fatal Strangulation Legislation and Proposed Way Forward - oral evidence session with departmental officials
• Mr Brian Grzymek, DoJ
• Ms Angela Bell, DoJ

Department of Justice Budget 2022-25 - Resource Bids

Results of the Consultation on Recommencing the Policy of Publishing Annual Payments to Suppliers of Legal Aid - written paper

CJINI Report of the Follow-Up Review on the Implementation of the Recommendations in the Thematic Inspection of the Handling of Domestic Violence and Abuse Cases by the Criminal Justice System - Update on progress to implement the recommendations – written paper

CJINI Report of the Follow-Up Review on the Implementation of the Recommendations in the Thematic Inspection of the Handling of Sexual Violence and Abuse Cases by the Criminal Justice System - Update on progress to implement the recommendations – written paper

Consultation on Review of Probation Board NI Status and Governance - written paper

Public from 3:58 PM (5 mins)
Committee Business
2:09 PMRoom 30Public Accounts Committee

Public from 2:09 PM (3 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 2:12 PM (4 mins)
Inquiry into Closing the Gap - Social Deprivation and Links to Educational Attainment - Social Deprivation and Links to Educational Attainment: Recap session
• Mr Kieran Donnelly, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Patrick Barr, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Andrew Allen, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Rodney Allen, Northern Ireland Audit Office

Public from 2:16 PM (99 mins)
Inquiry into Closing the Gap - Social Deprivation and Links to Educational Attainment - Social Deprivation and Links to Educational Attainment: Evidence session
• Dr Mark Browne, DE
• Ms Alison Chambers, DE
• Dr Suzanne Kingon, DE
• Mrs Linda Drysdale, DE
• Ms Sara Long, Education Authority
• Ms Michele Corkey, Education Authority
• Ms Patricia Cooney, Education Authority
• Mr Kieran Donnelly, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Patrick Barr, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Andrew Allen, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Rodney Allen, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Stuart Stevenson, DoF

Closed from 3:55 PM (9 mins)
Inquiry into Closing the Gap - Social Deprivation and Links to Educational Attainment - Social Deprivation and Links to Educational Attainment: Discussion with NIAO Officials
• Mr Kieran Donnelly, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Andrew Allen, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Patrick Barr, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Rodney Allen, Northern Ireland Audit Office

Closed from 4:04 PM (5 mins)
Inquiry into Review of Northern Ireland Budget Process - Issues paper
• Mr Neil Gray, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Ms Pamela Dugdale, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Miss Karen Beattie, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kieran Donnelly, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office

Closed from 4:09 PM (3 mins)
Committee Business

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