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

Business Diary

Monday 29 June 2020 - Friday 03 July 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
Tuesday 30 June 2020
10:30 AMAssembly ChamberPlenary Session
1:00 PMSenate ChamberBusiness Committee

Closed from 1:00 PM (25 mins)
Committee Business
1:00 PMRoom 29Committee for Health

Public from 1:00 PM (5 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 1:05 PM (75 mins)
COVID-19 Disease Response - Update from Minister of Health and Chief Medical Officer
• Mr Robin Swann, Minister of Health
• Dr Michael McBride, DoH

Public from 2:20 PM (5 mins)
SR 2020/109 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Amendment No. 7) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020
• Mr Nigel McMahon, DoH

Public from 2:25 PM (5 mins)
SR 2020/118 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Amendment No.8) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020
• Mr Nigel McMahon, DoH

Public from 2:30 PM (6 mins)
Committee Business
1:01 PMRoom 30Committee for Justice

Public from 1:01 PM (2 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 1:03 PM (34 mins)
SR 2020/113 The Attorney General’s Human Rights Guidance (The Application of Section 5 of the Criminal Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1967 to Victims of Serious Sexual Offences and those to whom they make Disclosures) Order (Northern Ireland) 2020

Department of Justice Finance Update – Written Briefing

Stopping Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse Seven Year Strategy – Up-date on Year Five Action Plan and Overview of Progress against the Year Four Action Plan

Use of Live Link Technology for Police Detention/Interviews - Results of the Targeted Consultation and Proposed Way Forward

Access NI - Annual Performance and Activity Report 2019 - 20

Minor Changes to the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Criminal Justice and Support For Victims) Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 - Proposed Consultation

Public from 1:37 PM (2 mins)
Committee Business
Wednesday 01 July 2020
9:04 AMRoom 29Committee for Education

Public from 9:04 AM (16 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 9:20 AM (86 mins)
On-line Learning – Stranmillis University College – oral briefing
• Dr Noel Purdy, Stranmillis University College
• Dr Bronagh Mc Kee, Stranmillis University College
• Dr Glenda Walsh, Stranmillis University College
• Ms Celia O’Hagan, Stranmillis University College

Public from 10:46 AM (49 mins)
Youth Sector Funding and Covid-19 issues – Youth Work Alliance and Irish Medium Youth Sector
• Ms Mary Field, Youth Work Alliance
• Professor Sam Mc Cready, Youth Work Alliance
• Ms Aoife Nic Colaim, Fóram na nÓg
• Ms Orliath Mhic Leannáin, Glór na Mona

Public from 11:35 AM (76 mins)
Covid-19 Update – Oral briefing – Department of Education
• Mr Peter Weir, Minister of Education
• Mr Derek Baker, DE
• Mr John Smith, DE

Public from 12:51 PM (12 mins)
Committee Business
10:00 AMSenate ChamberCommittee for Infrastructure

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

Public from 10:05 AM (100 mins)
Briefing from all Northern Ireland Ports - Brexit & Current Issues
• Mr Roger Armson, Port of Larne
• Mr Maurice Bullick, Belfast Harbour Commissioners
• Mr David Holmes, Warrenpoint Port
• Mr Brian McGrath, Londonderry Port and Harbour

Public from 11:45 AM (15 mins)
Legislative Consent Motion - Business and Planning Bill

Subordinate Legislation - SL1s - Not Subject to Assembly Proceedings

Subordinate Legislation - SRs - Not Subject to Assembly Proceedings

Committee Business
10:05 AMRoom 30Committee for the Economy

Public from 10:05 AM (1 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 10:06 AM (77 mins)
Departmental Briefing - EU Exit
• Mr Paul Grocott, DfE
• Ms Giulia Ni Dhulchaointigh, DfE
• Mr Victor Dukelow, DfE
• Dr Mary McIvor, DfE

Public from 11:23 AM (41 mins)
Briefing from Money and Pensions Service
• Ms Janine Maher, Money and Pensions Service

Public from 12:04 PM (1 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 12:05 PM (3 mins)
Written Briefing by Higher Education Bodies: Student Number Controls on English Domiciled Students
12:14 PMStarleaf, Virtual Meeting, Committee on Standards and Privileges

Public from 12:14 PM (2 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 12:16 PM (13 mins)
All-Party Group (APG) Update

Public from 12:29 PM (13 mins)
Committee response on Functioning of Government (Miscellaneous Provision) Bill

Closed from 12:42 PM (14 mins)
Draft Committee Strategic Plan 2020-22

Closed from 12:56 PM (14 mins)
Potential amendments to Assembly's Code of Conduct and Guide to the Rules

Closed from 1:10 PM (13 mins)
Committee Business
12:32 PMSenate ChamberCommittee for Finance

Public from 12:32 PM (2 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 12:34 PM (5 mins)
In-Year Monitoring - Outcome of the June Monitoring Round – Written Evidence from Public Spending Directorate, Department of Finance.

Public from 12:39 PM (66 mins)
Rating - Rates Relief: Oral Evidence from Ulster University Economic Policy Centre (UUEPC)
• Mr Gareth Hetherington, Ulster University Economic Policy Centre

Public from 1:45 PM (13 mins)
SL1 The Rates (Coronavirus) (Emergency Relief) (No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 - Oral Evidence from Rating Policy Division
• Mr Alan Brontë, DoF
• Mr Andrew McAvoy, DoF

Public from 1:58 PM (4 mins)
SR 2020/110 The Rates (Exemption for Automatic Telling Machines in Rural Areas) Order (Northern Ireland) 2020

SR 2020/106 The Census Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

SR 2020/111 The Business Tenancies (Coronavirus) (Restriction on Forfeiture: Relevant Period) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020

Public from 2:02 PM (28 mins)
Committee Business
2:03 PMRoom 30Committee for The Executive Office

Public from 2:03 PM (95 mins)
Committee Business

Executive Committee (Functions) Bill - Accelerated Passage
• Mrs Arlene Foster, First Minister
• Mrs Michelle O'Neill, deputy First Minister

COVID-19 Response - Oral Briefing from the First Minister and deputy First Minister on the Executive Office and Executive’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic
• Mrs Arlene Foster, First Minister
• Mrs Michelle O'Neill, deputy First Minister

Public from 3:38 PM (9 mins)
Functioning of Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill - Committee response
• Mrs Arlene Foster, First Minister
• Mrs Michelle O'Neill, deputy First Minister

SL1 - The Salaries (Public Services Ombudsman) Order (Northern Ireland) 2020

Committee Business
2:04 PMRoom 29Committee for Communities

Public from 2:04 PM (116 mins)
Committee Business

Impact of Coronavirus on Local Councils
• Ms Jacqui Dixon, Antrim and Newtonabbey Council
• Mrs Suzanne Wylie, Belfast City Council
• Mr Alfie Dallas, Derry City and Strabane District Council
• Mr Ronan Creggan, Belfast City Council

Supporting People Programme - briefing by Homelessness Providers
• Mr Jim Dennison, Simon Community NI
• Mr David Carroll, DePaul
• Mr Kevin Wright, First Housing Aid and Support Services

Public from 4:00 PM (14 mins)
Committee Business
3:04 PMSenate ChamberCommittee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Public from 3:04 PM (8 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 3:12 PM (56 mins)
Oral Evidence from DAERA - Draft NIEA Business Plan 2020-21
• Ms Tracey Teague, DAERA
• Ms Helen Anderson, DAERA
• Mr Tim Irwin, DAERA

Public from 4:08 PM (84 mins)
Oral Evidence from DAERA - Minister Poots
• Mr Edwin Poots, Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
• Dr Denis McMahon, DAERA
• Mr Robert Huey, DAERA
• Mr David Small, DAERA
• Dr Rosemary Agnew, DAERA

Public from 5:32 PM (1 mins)
Written Briefing DAERA - SR 2020/81 The Direct Payments to Farmers Single Application Amendment Date (Amendment)(Coronavirus) Regulations (NI) 2020

Written Briefing DAERA - SR 2020/112 The Waste (Fees and Charges) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

Public from 5:33 PM (1 mins)
Written Briefing DAERA - Covid-19 Update

Public from 5:34 PM (1 mins)
UK Government Fisheries Bill - Consideration of the Draft LCM Report

Public from 5:35 PM (24 mins)
Committee Planning - Potential Committee Motion on Climate Change

Public from 5:59 PM (2 mins)
Committee Business

Closed from 6:01 PM (19 mins)
Committee Business
Thursday 02 July 2020
10:00 AMRoom 115Public Accounts Committee

Closed from 10:00 AM (9 mins)
Committee Business

Closed from 10:09 AM (10 mins)
Committee Legal Advice - Statutory remit of PAC in regards to whistleblower
• Mr Simon Kelly, Legal Advisor

Closed from 10:19 AM (37 mins)
Excess Votes - Draft report on Excess Votes (Northern Ireland) 2016-17
• Mr Kieran Donnelly CB, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office

Closed from 10:56 AM (8 mins)
Inquiry into Major Capital Projects - Recap and briefing session
• Mr Kieran Donnelly CB, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Tomas Wilkinson, Northern Ireland Audit Office

Closed from 11:04 AM (17 mins)
Inquiry into Major Capital Projects - Preparation Session
• Mr Kieran Donnelly CB, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Tomas Wilkinson, Northern Ireland Audit Office

Closed from 11:21 AM (11 mins)
Committee Business
10:08 AMRoom 30Committee for Justice

Public from 10:08 AM (9 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 10:17 AM (68 mins)

Public from 11:55 AM (42 mins)

Public from 2:02 PM (48 mins)
Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill - Up-date

Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill - Oral Evidence from the Bar of Northern Ireland
• Ms Sarah Ramsey QC, Bar Council of Northern Ireland
• Mr David Mulholland, Bar Council of Northern Ireland

Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill - Oral Evidence from the Public Prosecution Service
• Mr Ciaran McQuillan, Public Prosecution Service
• Ms Caroline Conway, Public Prosecution Service

Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill - Oral Evidence from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
• Mr Les Allamby, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
• Ms Hannah Russell, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

EU Exit – Update on Justice Related Issues - Oral Evidence Session with Department of Justice Officials
• Ms Linda Hamilton, DoJ
• Mr Graham Walker, DoJ
• Mr Billy Stevenson, DoJ

Public from 2:50 PM (7 mins)
SR 2020/93: The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Prescribed Police Stations) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

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 (57 mins)
South African Bill of Rights
• Professor Kate O'Regan, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights

Public from 3:00 PM (50 mins)
Children's Rights in Northern Ireland
• Ms Koulla Yiasouma, Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People
• Ms Mairead McCafferty, Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People

Public from 3:50 PM (30 mins)
Committee Business

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