Business Diary

Monday 13 December 2021 - Friday 17 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 13 December 2021
12:00 PMAssembly ChamberPlenary Session
2:17 PMSenate ChamberCommittee for Finance

Public from 2:17 PM (1 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 2:18 PM (22 mins)
Non-domestic Rates Valuations (Coronavirus) Bill - Oral Evidence from the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuations
• David Magor OBE, Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation

Public from 2:40 PM (55 mins)
Non-domestic Rates Valuations (Coronavirus) Bill - Oral Evidence from the Department of Finance
• Ian Snowden, DoF
• Sharon Magee, DoF
• Angela McGrath, DoF

Closed from 3:35 PM (13 mins)
Non-domestic Rates Valuations (Coronavirus) Bill - Committee deliberations

Closed from 3:48 PM (1 mins)
Committee Business
Tuesday 14 December 2021
9:11 AMRoom 30Committee for Communities

Public from 9:11 AM (1 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 9:12 AM (2 mins)
Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Amendment) Bill

Public from 9:14 AM (24 mins)
Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Amendment) Bill - NICVA briefing
• Mr Seamus McAleavey, Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action
• Ms Denise Copeland, Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action

Public from 9:38 AM (25 mins)
Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Amendment) Bill - Advice NI briefing
• Mr Kevin Higgins, Advice NI
• Ms Emma Mullin, Advice NI
• Ms Charlotte Ahmed, Advice NI

Suspension from 10:03 AM (3 mins)

Public from 10:06 AM (1 mins)
Committee Business

Suspension from 10:07 AM (10 mins)

Public from 10:17 AM (56 mins)
Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Amendment) Bill - Institute of Public Health in Ireland and NI Public Health Agency joint briefing
• Dr Helen McAvoy, The Institute of Public Health in Ireland
• Dr Joanna Purdy, The Institute of Public Health in Ireland
• Mr Maurice Meehan, Public Health Agency

Public from 11:13 AM (1 mins)
Committee Business
10:30 AMAssembly ChamberPlenary Session
Wednesday 15 December 2021
9:35 AMStarleaf (Senate Chamber), Virtual Meeting, Committee for Education

Public from 9:35 AM (16 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 9:51 AM (129 mins)
Independent Review of Education - Oral Briefing from the Independent Review of Education Panel
• Dr Keir Bloomer, Independent Review of Education
• Sir Gerry Loughran, Independent Review of Education
• Ms Marie Lindsay, Independent Review of Education
• Mr Robin McLoughlin, Independent Review of Education
• Ms Isabel Nisbet, Independent Review of Education
• Mr Peter Hutchinson, DE

Public from 12:00 PM (74 mins)
Special Schools Area Planning - Oral Briefing from the Education Authority
• Ms Michele Corkey, Education Authority
• Ms Kim Scott, Education Authority
• Mr Michael McConkey, Education Authority

Committee Business
10:03 AMRoom 30Committee for the Economy

Public from 10:03 AM (2 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 10:05 AM (40 mins)
Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Bill - Briefing from RaISe
• Mr Michael Scholes, Research Officer
• Dr Orla Drummond, Research Officer
• Niamh McHugh, Research Officer

Public from 10:45 AM (45 mins)
Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Bill - Briefing from Women’s Aid Federation NI & The Mens Advisory Project NI
• Ms Sonya McMullan, Women's Aid Federation Northern Ireland
• Ms Rhonda Lusty, Men's Advisory Project NI

Public from 11:30 AM (10 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 11:40 AM (10 mins)
Small-Scale Green Energy Bill

Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Bill

Draft Budget 2022-25

Departmental Written Briefing - January Monitoring

Public from 11:50 AM (10 mins)
Committee Business

Closed from 12:00 PM (37 mins)
Small-Scale Green Energy Bill - Committee Deliberations
10:08 AMRoom 29Committee for Infrastructure

Public from 10:08 AM (19 mins)
Committee Business

Subordinate Legislation - SL1s - Not Subject to Assembly Proceedings

SL1 - The Crankill Road Central Reservation, Ballymena (Stopping-Up) Order (Northern Ireland) 2022

Subordinate Legislation - SRs - Not Subject to Assembly Proceedings

SR 2022-000 The Grants to Water and Sewerage Undertakers Order (Northern Ireland) 2022

SR 2021-337 The Regulation (EC) No 1370 2007 (Public Service Obligations in Transport) (Amendment) (EU Exit) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021

Public from 10:27 AM (66 mins)
Briefing from ESB - Ecars & the EV Charging Network
• Mr John Walsh, Electricity Supply Board
• Mr John Byrne, Electricity Supply Board

Public from 11:34 AM (40 mins)
Briefing from Sustrans - Tackling Climate Change through Active Travel
• Ms Caroline Bloomfield, Sustrans
• Ms Anne Madden, Sustrans

Public from 12:14 PM (2 mins)
Committee Business
12:44 PMRoom 29Audit Committee

Closed from 12:44 PM (2 mins)
Committee Business

Closed from 12:46 PM (21 mins)
Review of the governance and accountability arrangements for the Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO) and the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman (NIPSO) - Committee Deliberations

Public from 1:07 PM (5 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 1:12 PM (11 mins)
Comptroller and Auditor General Salary Arrangements

Public from 1:23 PM (1 mins)
Monitoring Round - January 2022

Public from 1:24 PM (2 mins)
Committee Business
2:02 PMSenate ChamberCommittee for Finance

Public from 2:02 PM (1 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 2:03 PM (107 mins)
Oral Evidence - Minister of Finance - Budget and other policy challenges
• Mr Conor Murphy, Minister of Finance
• Mr Colm Boyle, DEL
• Joanne McBurney, DoF
• Colum Boyle, DoF

Public from 3:50 PM (8 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 3:58 PM (38 mins)
Defamation Bill - Oral Evidence: Department of Finance - Defamation Bill Committee Stage
• Michael Foster, DoF
• Martin Tyrell, DoF

Public from 4:36 PM (13 mins)
Committee Business

Closed from 4:49 PM (10 mins)
Non-domestic Rates Valuations (Coronavirus) Bill - Committee deliberations

Public from 4:59 PM (25 mins)
Non-domestic Rates Valuations (Coronavirus) Bill - formal clause by clause scrutiny
• Ian Snowden, DoF
• Andrew McAvoy, DoF
2:03 PMRoom 30Committee for The Executive Office

Public from 2:03 PM (83 mins)
Committee Business

UK Exit from EU - Article 2 of the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol: Dedicated Mechanism - Oral Briefing
• Ms Alyson Kilpatrick, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
• Ms Geraldine McGahey OBE, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
• Ms Sinéad Gibney, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

Public from 3:26 PM (37 mins)
Legacy of the Conflict - Centre for Children's Rights - Oral Briefing
• Dr Siobhan McAlister, Centre for Children's Rights, QUB
• Dr Mary-Louise Corr, Centre for Children's Rights, QUB

Public from 4:03 PM (25 mins)
Historical Institutional Abuse - Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse (COSICA) - Oral Briefing
• Ms Fiona Ryan, The Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse

Public from 4:28 PM (1 mins)
Committee Business
2:34 PMRoom 29Committee on Procedures

Public from 2:34 PM (4 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 2:38 PM (30 mins)
Review of Private Members' Bills - Oral Evidence from Colin McGrath MLA
• Mr Colin McGrath, MLA

Public from 3:08 PM (17 mins)
Review of Private Members' Bills - Oral Evidence from John O'Dowd MLA
• Mr John O'Dowd, MLA

Public from 3:25 PM (38 mins)
Review of Private Members' Bills - Oral Evidence from Assembly Bill Office

Public from 4:03 PM (46 mins)
Review of Private Members' Bills - Oral Evidence from the Speaker’s Office
• Mr Alex Maskey, Speaker

Public from 4:49 PM (1 mins)
Committee Business

Closed from 4:50 PM (38 mins)
Official Opposition - Legal advice

Public from 5:28 PM (1 mins)
Committee Business
Thursday 16 December 2021
9:03 AMRoom 29Committee for Communities

Public from 9:03 AM (9 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 9:12 AM (2 mins)
Support for Mortgage Interest Etc. (Security for Loans) Bill

Public from 9:14 AM (58 mins)
Private Tenancies Bill - Committee Deliberations
• Mr David Polley, DfC
• Ms Eilish O'Neill, DfC
• Ms Karen Barr, DfC

Closed from 10:12 AM (74 mins)
Private Tenancies Bill - Committee Deliberations

Public from 11:26 AM (9 mins)
Private Tenancies Bill - Committee Deliberations
• Mr David Polley, DfC

Public from 11:35 AM (42 mins)
Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Amendment) Bill - All Party Group on Reducing Harm Related to Gambling briefing
• Mr Jack Gibson, All Party Group on Reducing Harm Related to Gambling

Public from 12:17 PM (34 mins)
Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Amendment) Bill - Gambling with Lives briefing
• Mr Charles Richie, Gambling with Lives
• Mr Peter Keogh, Gambling with Lives
• Mr Barry Fennell, Gambling with Lives

Public from 12:51 PM (13 mins)
Departmental briefing on Covid fund for Charities and Social Enterprises
• Mr Iain Greenway, DfC
• Mr Ben Chambers, DfC

Public from 1:04 PM (1 mins)
Departmental briefing on Budget 2022 - 2025 and January Monitoring Round
• Ms Cherrie Arnold, DfC
• Mr Gavin Patrick, DfC

Public from 1:05 PM (14 mins)
SL1 The Housing Related Functions of the Department of Finance (Exercise by Housing Executive) Regs (NI) 2021

SL1 Draft Welfare Supplementary Payment (Extension) Regulations (NI) 2021

SL1 The Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) (Amendment) Regs (NI) 2021

Committee Business
9:25 AMStarleaf, Virtual Meeting, Committee for Education

Public from 9:25 AM (55 mins)
Committee Business

Period Products (Free Provision) Bill - Oral Briefing from the Northern Ireland Assembly Research and Information Service
• Ms Niamh Devlin, Research Officer

Committee Business
9:30 AMStarleaf, Virtual Meeting, Committee for Health

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

Public from 9:35 AM (60 mins)
Departmental Briefing - Budget and January Monitoring
• Ms Brigitte Worth, DoH
• Ms Annette Palmer, DoH
• Mr David Keenan, DoH
• Ms Preeta Miller, DoH
• Dr Tomas Adell, DoH

Public from 10:35 AM (60 mins)
Departmental Briefing - Brexit
• Ms Cathy Harrison, DoH
• Ms Eimear Smyth, DoH
• Ms Patricia Quinn-Duffy, DoH
• Mr David Wilson, DoH
• Ms Fiona Taylor, DoH
• Ms Avi McCabe, DoH

Public from 11:35 AM (40 mins)
Departmental Briefing - Common Frameworks
• Ms Patricia Quinn-Duffy, DoH
• Ms Joan Hardy, DoH
• Mr Alasdair MacInnes, DoH

Public from 12:15 PM (10 mins)
Organ and Tissue Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill - Final Report

Closed from 12:25 PM (25 mins)
Autism (Amendment) Bill - Consideration of draft amendments

Public from 12:50 PM (10 mins)
Committee Business

Suspension from 1:00 PM (60 mins)

Public from 2:00 PM (45 mins)
Adoption and Children Bill - Evidence session from NIHRC, the Fostering Network NI and Adoption UK (NI)
• Ms Alyson Kilpatrick, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
• Ms Emily Mills, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
• Ms Kathleen Toner, The Fostering Network Northern Ireland
• Ms EJ Havlin, Adoption UK (NI)
• Mr Wesley Graham, Adoption UK (NI)

Public from 2:45 PM (45 mins)
Adoption and Children Bill - Evidence session from BASW NI, Action for Children and Home for Good
• Ms Carolyn Ewart, British Association of Social Workers (Northern Ireland)
• Mr Avery Bowser, Action for Children
• Ms Malini Colville, Home for Good
• Ms Judith Dawson, Home for Good

Public from 3:30 PM (45 mins)
Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill - Evidence session from Department Officials
10:06 AMRoom 30Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

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

Public from 10:08 AM (1 mins)
NI Food Strategy Framework Consultation Response (Analysis) - Written Briefing - DAERA

Public from 10:09 AM (1 mins)
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Order (Amendments) - Written Briefing: DAERA

Public from 10:10 AM (7 mins)
Agriculture Wages Board - Clerk's Briefing: Responses from Trade Unions in respect of proposals to dissolve Agriculture Wages Board

Public from 10:17 AM (4 mins)
Rural Policy Framework - DAERA - Written Briefing re Draft Summary of Consultation Responses

Public from 10:21 AM (39 mins)
Peatlands Strategy - DAERA - Oral Briefing
• Mr Dave Foster, DAERA
• Mr Ken Bradley, DAERA
• Ms Renny McKeown, DAERA

Public from 11:00 AM (32 mins)
Sheep Scab - Oral Briefing: Sheep Scab Control and Eradication Group
• Mr Paul Crawford, NI Sheep Scab Control & Eradication Group

Public from 11:32 AM (5 mins)
SR 335/21 The Edible Crabs (Undersized) (Amendment) Order (NI) 2021 and SR 336/21 – The Edible Crabs (Conservation) (Amendment) Regs (NI) 2021 - Written Briefing

SR 338/21 Single Use Carrier Bags Charge (Amendment) Regs (NI) 2021 - Written Briefing

Committee Business

Public from 11:37 AM (42 mins)
Just Transition Scotland - Oral Briefing: Professor Jim Skea
• Professor Jim Skea, Just Transition Committee Scotland

Public from 12:19 PM (1 mins)
Committee Business

Closed from 12:20 PM (18 mins)
Bovine TB Measures - Committee Discussion - Bovine TB Proposals

Closed from 12:38 PM (17 mins)
Climate Change No.2 Bill - Informal Deliberations - Consideration of Amendments
• Ms Barbara Love, Assembly Clerk
• Mr Colin Breen, DAERA
• Ms Arlene McGowan, DAERA
• Mr Anthony Courtney, DAERA
• Mr Ian Fleming, DAERA
2:03 PMSenate ChamberCommittee for Justice

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

Public from 2:05 PM (170 mins)
Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill - Part 1 – Sexual Offences, Part 3 – Prevention Orders and Part 4 – Final Provisions - Consideration of key issues raised in the written and oral evidence - Oral Evidence Session
• Mr Brian Grzymek, DoJ
• Mr Andrew Laverty, DoJ
• Ms Lorraine Ferguson, DoJ

January Monitoring Round 2021 - 22 - Oral Evidence Session
• Ms Deborah Brown, DoJ
• Ms Andrea Quail, DoJ
• Ms Louise Blair, DoJ

SR 2021/311 The Magistrates’ Courts and County Court Appeals (Criminal Legal Aid) Costs (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2021

SL1: The County Court Fees (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2021

SL1: The Magistrates’ Courts Fees (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2021

Update to SL1 for The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Application of the Police and Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 (Amendment No. 2) Order (Northern Ireland 2021 - written paper

Civil Legal Services (Financial) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 - written paper

Domestic Abuse Offence Operational Date - update - written paper

Domestic Abuse Protection Notices and Orders - update - written paper

Impact of Youth Justice Agency Services - update - written paper

Draft Strategic Framework for Youth Justice - update - written paper

Progress to Deliver the Recommendations of the Reviews of Support Services for Operational Prison Staff and Retired Staff - update - written paper

Call for Views on a New Domestic and Sexual Abuse Strategy and a New Equally Safe Strategy – A Strategy to Tackle Violence Against Women and Girls

Committee Forward Work Programme - January 2022

Public from 4:55 PM (8 mins)
Committee Business
2:05 PMRoom 30Public Accounts Committee

Public from 2:05 PM (10 mins)
Committee Business
• Mr Kieran Donnelly, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Rodney Allen, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Roger McCance, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office

Closed from 2:15 PM (44 mins)
Inquiry into Addiction Services in NI - Committee consideration of draft report
• Mr Kieran Donnelly, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Roger McCance, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Ms Claire Turner, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Rodney Allen, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Neil Gray, Northern Ireland Audit Office

Closed from 2:59 PM (4 mins)
Committee Business
• Mr Kieran Donaghy, Southern Health and Social Care Trust
• Mr Roger McCance, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Rodney Allen, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office
Friday 17 December 2021
9:18 AMStarleaf, Virtual Meeting, Committee for Education

Public from 9:18 AM (110 mins)
Committee Business

Covid-19 Safety in Schools and Staff Shortages - Oral Briefing from the Minister of Education
• Miss Michelle McIlveen, Minister of Education
• Dr Mark Browne, DE
• Mr John Smith, DE
• Mr Ricky Irwin, DE
• Ms Alison Chambers, DE
• Dr Suzanne Kingon, DE

Committee Business
11:09 AMStarleaf, Virtual Meeting, Committee for The Executive Office

Public from 11:09 AM (120 mins)
Committee Business

Historical Institutional Abuse - Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse (COSICA) - Oral Briefing
• Ms Fiona Ryan, The Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse

Public from 1:10 PM (4 mins)
Committee Business

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