What's happening in the Chamber - Tuesday 21st April 2020


Executive Committee Business


Motion: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020. The Executive Office

That the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 be approved.


Motion: The draft Discretionary Support (Amendment No. 2) (COVID-19) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020. Minister for Communities 


Motion: Accelerated Passage – The Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Bill. Minister for Communities

That the Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Bill proceed under the accelerated passage procedure.


Second Stage: The Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Bill. Minister for Communities


Motion: Suspension of Standing Orders 31(d), 37, 39(1) and 42(5). Minister for Communities

That Standing Orders 31(d), 37, 39(1) and 42(5) be suspended in respect of the passage of the Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Bill.


SO 31(d) refers to the Further Consideration Stage where MLAs can consider and vote on amendments proposed for the Bill.

SO 37A refers to the Exceptional Further Consideration Stage where the Minister submits a statement to the Speaker saying that as a consequence of an amendment to the Bill, it is either outside of the Assembly’s legislative competence or has a serious technical defect and further amendments are necessary to remedy this.

SO 39(1) states that after the completion of the Further Consideration Stage, the Bill will be put on a list for future business until a date is set for its Final Stage.

SO 42(5) states that no Bill should pass all its required Assembly stages in less than 10 days.


The effect of all these suspensions is to speed up the passage of Bills so that all stages can be completed in the minimum amount of time. 



Any changes made to items of business or any new items can be found on the Order Paper along with indicative timings for the day's business.


The week's Committee meetings can found on the Business Diary along with links to their agendas.


You can watch all Assembly Business live on niassembly.tv.

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