What's Happening the Chamber - Tuesday 30th June 2020

The Assembly Chamber in Parliament Buildings


Assembly Business

Motion: Conferral of Functions on the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission - John Blair MLA, Keith Buchanan MLA, Robbie Butler MLA, Dolores Kelly MLA, John O’Dowd MLA.


That this Assembly notes that Members' salaries and pensions are determined by an independent body and that there should be no change to that arrangement; agrees that alternative provision should be made for Members' allowances; and, in accordance with section 47 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, resolves that the Assembly Commission may determine the allowances payable to Members of the Assembly, the date from which such allowances are payable, which may be a date before or after the making of the determination or this resolution, and that the Commission shall publish any such determination.


Executive Committee Business

Motion: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Amendment No. 5) Regulations (NI) 2020 - tabled by the Executive Office


Motion: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Amendment No. 6) Regulations (NI) 2020 - - tabled by the Executive Office


Motion: The Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts) (Amendment) Regulations (NI) 2020 - tabled by the Minister for Infrastructure


Motion: The Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts) (Amendment) Regulations (NI) 2020 - tabled by the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs


Legislative Consent Motion: Environment Bill - tabled by the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs


That this Assembly endorses the principle of the extension to Northern Ireland of the provisions of the Environment Bill, as introduced on 30 January 2020, dealing with: Environmental Governance: Northern Ireland in clauses 45 and 46 and Schedules 2 and 3; Waste and Resource Efficiency in clauses 47 – 53, 56, 58, 62, 64 and 68 and Schedules 4 - 9; Water Quality in clauses 81 and 83; and Amendment of REACH legislation in clause 125 and Schedule 19.


Final Stage: Housing (Amendment) Bill (NIA Bill 6/17-22 - tabled by the Minister for Communities


Question Time

Education - view the full list of questions

Here are some of the questions the Minister will be asked -


(Q1) To ask the Minister of Education how he plans to communicate with principals and Boards of Governors on the reopening of schools as lockdown restrictions are eased - Steve Aiken MLA



(Q2) To ask the Minister of Education for an update on the backlog in special educational needs assessment and statementing in North Belfast - Gerry Kelly MLA



(Q12) To ask the Minister of Education how many schools, across all sectors, have submitted development proposals to his Department to allow the teaching of Key Stage 4 - Doug Beattie MLA



(Q14) To ask the Minister of Education to outline the guidance his Department provides to post-primary schools on admissions - Andrew Muir MLA.


Finance - view the full list of questions

Here are some of the questions the Minister will be asked -


(Q1) To ask the Minister of Finance whether he will make funding for additional police officers, as agreed in New Decade, New Approach, available as a matter of urgency - Thomas Buchanan MLA


(Q3) To ask the Minister of Finance why the recommendations in the Public Accounts Committee report on Transforming Land Registers: The LandWeb Project were not implemented fully - Alan Chambers MLA


(Q6) To ask the Minister of Finance to outline the additional funding Northern Ireland has received from Barnett consequentials in the last twelve months - Andy Allen MLA


(Q9) To ask the Minister of Finance to outline the Executive’s fiscal powers in relation to borrowing and revenue raising for any financial recovery strategy following the COVID-19 pandemic - Clare Bailey MLA


(Q10) To ask the Minister of Finance what support is being provided to civil servants with COVID-19-related childcare issues to allow them to continue to work from home - Claire Sugden MLA


Private Members’ Business

Motion: Concern and Anxiety over the Reopening of Schools - Karen Mullan MLA, Catherine Kelly MLA, JohnO’Dowd MLA, Pat Sheehan MLA


That this Assembly recognises the concern and anxiety that exists among teaching and nonteaching staff, as well as among parents and young people, in relation to the eventual reopening of schools; understands the challenges facing school Boards of Governors and Principals in keeping children and teachers safe while providing high quality education; believes that any reopening of schools should be based on scientific and medical advice consistent with that provided by the World Health Organisation and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control; and calls on the Minister of Education to engage and consult extensively with education stakeholders as well as parents and young people in advance of the reopening of schools in order to provide clear and early guidance.


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Any changes made to items of business or any new items can be found on the Order Paper along with updates to the 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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