What's Happening in the Chamber - Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Pam Cameron MLA speaking in the Chamber

Ministerial Statements


NSMC Institutional Meeting - by the Executive Office.


Green Growth Strategy and Delivery Framework - by the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.


Major capital works programme - by the Minister of Education


Executive Committee Business

Further Consideration Stage: Housing (Amendment) Bill (NIA Bill 6/17-22) - Tabled by the Minister for Communities.


Legislative Consent Motion: Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill - Tabled by the Minister of Justice.


That this Assembly agrees the extension to Northern Ireland of certain provisions within the Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill relating to the interference with unmanned aircraft (drones) over places of detention.


Legislative Consent Motion: Domestic Abuse Bill - Tabled by the Minister of Justice.


That this Assembly endorses the principle of the extension to Northern Ireland of the relevant provisions of the Domestic Abuse  Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 3 March 2020, relating to the provisions to extend the power of the courts in Northern Ireland to try in the home jurisdiction certain sexual and violent offences which have been committed abroad, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Assembly.


Question Time

Communities - view the full list of questions

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

  • (Q1) To ask the Minister for Communities what support will be given to the advice sector to help it return to normal business and continue to help vulnerable people following lockdown - Andrew Muir MLA
  • (Q4) To ask the Minister for Communities to outline the support she has provided to local government during the COVID-19 crisis - Declan McAleer MLA
  • (Q5) To ask the Minister for Communities for an update on the delivery of the legislation and amended provisions she brought forward to social security entitlements in response to the COVID-19 crisis - SineadEnnis MLA
  • (Q8) To ask the Minister for Communities whether there are plans for councils to continue issuing food parcels to vulnerable people beyond the end of June 2020 - Keith Buchanan MLA


Economy - view the full list of questions

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

  • (Q1) To ask the Minister for the Economy what steps she plans to take in response to the UK Government's decision to restrict the number of English students able to study at local universities - Daniel McCrossan MLA
  • (Q3) To ask the Minister for the Economy what engagement her Department has had with mobile data and broadband providers in relation to the No One Left Behind - Internet Access for All campaign - Sinead Ennis MLA
  • (Q7) To ask the Minister for the Economy, in relation to planning for an economic recovery after COVID-19, to outline the actions she will take to address regional imbalances and the lack of InvestNI led investment in Foyle - Martina Anderson MLA
  • (Q9) To ask the Minister for the Economy for an update on the UK/EU trade negotiations, including the areas of priority for Northern Ireland - Michelle McIlveen MLA

 

Private Members’ Business

Motion: Mental Health and Wellbeing after COVID-19 Tabled by Pam Cameron MLA and Alex Easton MLA.


That this Assembly recognises the importance of prioritising mental health and wellbeing as part of the COVID-19 recovery; notes that the long-term impact of the pandemic on working practices, everyday social interaction and hospital or care home visiting will present new and substantive challenges to individual mental wellbeing, especially among the most vulnerable; stresses, therefore, the need for refreshed and reformed mental health and wellbeing service  provision that is fit for purpose; further notes, to this end, the transformative role played by community and voluntary providers whose services are subject to increasing demand; and calls on the Minister of Health to outline plans to tackle COVID-19-related mental illness moving forward.


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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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