Funding for the new Department of Justice and workers’ compensation were among some of the issues debated by the Assembly this week.
MondayThe first order of business on Monday was a Speaker’s ruling on the conduct of MLAs with regard to unparliamentary language. The Speaker made it clear that if he judged an MLA to have used such language, they must either withdraw it or be ejected from the Chamber. The Speaker also made it clear that he would not allow MLAs to challenge his authority within the Chamber.
The Minister for Regional Development then reported on a North South Ministerial Council meeting on transport matters.
The Assembly went on to debate a motion, introduced by the Finance and Personnel Minister, to approve the budget for the new Department of Justice and, Public Prosecution Service. The motion was agreed by cross community consent, that is, a majority of both nationalists and unionists approved the motion. The Assembly also approved the first stage of the Northern Ireland Budget bill. MLAs then debated a bill to enable those who contracted industrial diseases and whose employers are not in business, to claim from a government fund. This was agreed by MLAs.