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

Business Diary

Monday 14 September 2020 - Friday 18 September 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 14 September 2020
12:00 PMAssembly ChamberPlenary Session
Tuesday 15 September 2020
10:30 AMAssembly ChamberPlenary Session
1:02 PMSenate ChamberBusiness Committee

Closed from 1:02 PM (10 mins)
Committee Business
1:33 PMSenate ChamberChairpersons' Liaison Group

Closed from 1:33 PM (2 mins)
Committee Business

Closed from 1:35 PM (10 mins)
Changes to Organisational Structure
• Dr Kevin Pelan, Clerk Assistant

Closed from 1:45 PM (10 mins)
Guidance for Committees - update

Closed from 1:55 PM (13 mins)
Youth Assembly for Northern Ireland
• Mr Peter Hall, Assembly Clerk

Closed from 2:09 PM (11 mins)
RHI Inquiry Report recommendation on strengthening the scrutiny role of Assembly Committees – Subordinate Legislation
• Miss Angela Kelly, Examiner of Statutory Rules

Closed from 2:20 PM (2 mins)
Committee Business
Wednesday 16 September 2020
9:34 AMRoom 29Committee for Education

Closed from 9:34 AM (49 mins)
Assembly Research – CCEA Grade Awarding Model – Oral Briefing
• Mr Robert Barry, Senior Statistician

Public from 10:23 AM (1 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 10:24 AM (140 mins)
CCEA – Curriculum and Assessment 2021 – Oral Briefing
• Mr Justin Edwards, Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
• Ms Margaret Farragher, Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
• Mr Trevor Carson, Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

Closed from 12:44 PM (21 mins)
CCEA – Curriculum and Assessment 2021 – Oral Briefing

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

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

Public from 10:06 AM (100 mins)
Briefing from Economists - Economic Situation and Recovery briefing
• Mr Richard Ramsey, Expert Witness
• Mr Paul Mac Flynn, Expert Witness

Public from 11:46 AM (53 mins)
Briefing from Professor Katy Hayward - UK Internal Market Bill
• Prof Katy Hayward, Queen's University Belfast

Public from 12:39 PM (42 mins)
Briefing from Excluded NI – Impact of Covid-19 and access to support
• Mr Brian Donaldson, ExcludedNI

Public from 1:21 PM (1 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 1:22 PM (1 mins)
Impact of Covid-19 on Higher Education Teaching, Access to Facilities and Fee’s

SL1 - Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act (Meetings Amendment) Regulation (Northern Ireland) 2020

Public from 1:23 PM (1 mins)
Committee Business
10:05 AMSenate ChamberCommittee for Infrastructure

Public from 10:05 AM (51 mins)
Committee Business

SL1 - The Planning Act 2011 (Review) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

SL1 - Amendments to the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulation (Northern Ireland) 2010

SL1 - The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

SL1 - The Llewellyn Drive, Lisburn (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2020
• Mrs Deirdre Gallagher, DfI
• Mr Victor Clegg, DfI

SL1 - Support for the Taxi Industry

SL1 - The Coolshinney Park, Magherafelt (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2020

Subordinate Legislation - SRs - Not Subject to Assembly Proceedings

SR 2020-177 The Ormeau Road, Belfast (Footway) (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2020

SR 2020-180 The A29 New Road and B30 Newry Road, Silverbridge (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2020

SR 2020-181 The Whitla Street, Belfast (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2020

SR 2020-182 The Railway Avenue, Newry (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2020

SR 2020-183 The Back Street at Duncairn Gardens, Belfast (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2020

SR 2020-184 The Footpath to the rear of Albert Street, Quadrant Place and Cullingtree Road, Belfast (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2020

SR 2020-188 The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

SR 2020-190 Taxi Licensing (Amendment No. 2) (Coronavirus) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

Public from 10:56 AM (81 mins)
Briefing from Northern Ireland Water
• Ms Sara Venning, Northern Ireland Water
• Mr Ronan Larkin, Northern Ireland Water

Public from 12:17 PM (3 mins)
Committee Business
12:33 PMSenate ChamberCommittee for Finance

Closed from 12:33 PM (19 mins)
Private Members' Legislation: The Functioning of Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill - Briefing from the Senior Assistant Bill Clerk
• Ms Claire McCanny, Assembly Clerk

Public from 12:52 PM (3 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 12:55 PM (58 mins)
Oral Evidence - Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) – Departmental Evidence Session
• Mr Jeff McGuinness, DoF

Public from 1:53 PM (3 mins)
Public Accounts Committee’s Report on Excess Votes (Northern Ireland) 2016-17

Public from 1:56 PM (1 mins)
Written Evidence - Review of Financial Process - Department of Finance

Public from 1:58 PM (24 mins)
RaISe Oral Briefing - Personal Protective Equipment: ‘make and buy’ in Scotland
• Mr Colin Pidgeon, Research Officer

Public from 2:22 PM (1 mins)
The Civil Service Injury Benefits Scheme (Amendment) Scheme (Northern Ireland) 2020

Public from 2:23 PM (18 mins)
Committee Business
1:05 PMRoom 21Audit Committee

Public from 1:05 PM (1 mins)
Committee Business

Closed from 1:06 PM (77 mins)
Assembly Legal Services - Briefing on Powers of the Audit Committee
• Ms Alice McKelvey, Legal Advisor

Public from 2:23 PM (17 mins)
Assembly Research Briefing - Topical issues inc. work of Comparative Committees
• Ms Rachel Keyes, Research Officer

Public from 2:40 PM (30 mins)
Northern Ireland Assembly Commission - Briefing on budgetary implications of the Determination covering members' allowances.
• Mrs Lesley Hogg, Assembly Clerk
• Mr Richard Stewart, Director

Public from 3:10 PM (3 mins)
Budget 2021-22 in respect of the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission (NIAC), Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO) and Northern Ireland Public Service Ombudsman (NIPSO).

Public from 3:13 PM (6 mins)
Committee Business
2:01 PMRoom 29Committee for Communities

Public from 2:01 PM (14 mins)
Committee Business
• Ms Anne McCleary, DfC
• Mr Gerry McCann, DfC

Public from 2:15 PM (85 mins)
Review of Personal Independence Payment
• Ms Marie Cavanagh, Children in Northern Ireland

Pension Schemes Bill - RaISe Briefing
• Ms Eleanor Murphy, Research Officer

SR 2020-192 The Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Regulations (NI) 2020

Public from 3:40 PM (2 mins)
Committee Business
3:18 PMSenate ChamberCommittee for The Executive Office

Public from 3:18 PM (78 mins)
Committee Business

Implementation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland (Article 2(1)) - Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
• Dr Evelyn Collins CBE, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
• Ms Geraldine McGahey OBE, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
• Dr David Russell, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

Public from 4:36 PM (8 mins)
Report on Informal Strategic Planning Meeting

Committee Business
Thursday 17 September 2020
9:24 AMRoom 30Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Public from 9:24 AM (10 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 9:34 AM (60 mins)
Oral Briefing from RaISe - Common Framework ETS
• Ms Suzie Cave, Research Officer

Public from 10:34 AM (58 mins)
Oral Evidence from DAERA - Common Framework ETS and Statutory Instrument Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Order 2020
• Mr John Mills, DAERA
• Mr Hugh McGinn, DAERA
• Mr Richard Coey, DAERA

Public from 11:32 AM (27 mins)
Oral Evidence from DAERA - Update on EU Exit Preparations from EMFG
• Mr John Mills, DAERA
• Mr Richard Coey, DAERA
• Ms Helen Lewis, DAERA
• Mr Anthony Courtney, DAERA

Public from 11:59 AM (1 mins)
Oral Evidence from DAERA - Statutory Instruments with devolved content to be laid in Westminster

Public from 12:00 PM (8 mins)
Written Briefing DAERA - Update on The UK Government Fisheries Bill

Written Briefing DAERA - Common Frameworks

Written Briefing DAERA - SR 2020/152 The Edible Crabs (Conservation) Regulations (NI) 2020
• Ms Claire Vincent, DAERA
• Mr Paddy Campbell, DAERA

Written Briefing DAERA - SR 2020/153 The Edible Crabs (Undersized) Order (NI) 2020

Public from 12:08 PM (3 mins)
Committee Business

Closed from 12:11 PM (24 mins)
10:03 AMRoom 29Committee for Justice

Public from 10:03 AM (3 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 10:06 AM (118 mins)
Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill - Research Paper on Domestic Abuse Commissioners

Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill - Further Informal Deliberations on the Bill clauses and possible amendments

Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill - Consideration of other issues not currently included in the Bill

Department of Justice Main Estimates

Annual Renewal of the Secretary of State’s Direction under Section 1A(7) of the Prisons Act (NI) 1953 as amended by Schedule 4 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Devolution of Policing and Justice Functions) Order 2010

Consultation on the Law on Child Sexual Exploitation – Summary of Responses and Next Steps

Department of Justice Draft Corporate Plan 2019-2022 and Business Plan 2020-21

Restarting the Accreditation Process for Community Based Restorative Justice Organisations – Transfer of Legislation

Closed from 12:22 PM (73 mins)
Committee Business
10:35 AMSenate ChamberCommittee for Health

Closed from 10:35 AM (25 mins)
Committee Inquiry: COVID-19 and its impact on Care Homes

Public from 11:00 AM (5 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 11:05 AM (45 mins)
Brexit Briefing
• Ms Cathy Harrison, DoH
• Ms Eimear Smyth, DoH
• Ms Patricia Quinn-Duffy, DoH
• Ms Fiona Taylor, DoH

Public from 11:50 AM (20 mins)
UK SI - The European Qualifications (Health and Social Care Professionals) (EFTA States and Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
• Ms Patricia Quinn-Duffy, DoH

Public from 12:10 PM (25 mins)
UK SI - The Nutrition (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
• Mrs Sharon Gilmore, Food Standards Agency NI

Public from 12:35 PM (10 mins)
SR 2020/193 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (Amendment No. 9) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

Public from 12:45 PM (15 mins)
SR 2020/194 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (Amendment No. 10) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

Public from 1:00 PM (7 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 (57 mins)
Professor Kent Roach

Public from 3:00 PM (50 mins)
Dr.Katie Boyle

Public from 3:50 PM (10 mins)
Committee Business
2:04 PMRoom 30Committee on Procedures

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

Public from 2:06 PM (9 mins)
Standing Orders: Temporary Provision

Public from 2:15 PM (5 mins)
Committee Business

Closed from 2:20 PM (28 mins)
Review of Standing Order 45A - Legal Advice

Closed from 2:48 PM (39 mins)
Strategic Planning
2:06 PMSenate ChamberPublic Accounts Committee

Public from 2:06 PM (8 mins)
Committee Business

Public from 2:14 PM (2 mins)
Ministerial Direction - Ministerial Direction in relation to the Infected Blood Payment Scheme
• Mr Kieran Donnelly CB, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office

Public from 2:16 PM (28 mins)
Inquiry into The LandWeb Project and Digital Transformation - Briefing Session
• Mr Kieran Donnelly CB, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Rodney Allen, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mrs Clare Dornan, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Ms Christine Burns, Northern Ireland Audit Office

Closed from 2:44 PM (54 mins)
Inquiry into The LandWeb Project and Digital Transformation - Preparation Session
• Mr Kieran Donnelly CB, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Kyle Bingham, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mr Rodney Allen, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Mrs Clare Dornan, Northern Ireland Audit Office
• Ms Christine Burns, Northern Ireland Audit Office

Closed from 3:45 PM (15 mins)
Committee Business

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