What's Happening in the Chamber - Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th July 2020


Picture of the Assembly Chamber taken during a Plenary session in January 2020

Monday 6th July 2020

Assembly Business

Motion: Suspension of Standing Order 20(1) - Tabled by Keith Buchanan, John O’Dowd, Dolores Kelly, Robbie Butler, Kellie Armstrong, Clare Bailey.


This Standing Order refers to Ministerial Question Time being held between 2.00pm and 3.30pm on sitting days. The SO is suspended here so that Question Time will not take place today.


Committee Membership:  Tabled by Robbie Butler, Dr Steve Aiken

That Mr John Stewart replace Mr Doug Beattie as a member of the Committee on Standards and Privileges.


Nomination of a Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman: Tabled by John Blair, Keith Buchanan, John O’Dowd, Dolores Kelly, Robbie Butler


That this Assembly, in accordance with section 3(1) of the Public Services Ombudsman Act (Northern Ireland) 2016, nominates Margaret Kelly for appointment as the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman.


Executive Committee Business

Motion: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Amendment No. 7) Regulations (NI) 2020
- Tabled by The Executive Office 


Motion: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Amendment No. 8) Regulations (NI) 2020
- Tabled by The Executive Office


Motion: Suspension of Standing Order 42(1) - Tabled by the The Executive Office

That Standing Order 42(1) be suspended for 6 July in respect of the passage of the Executive Committee (Functions) Bill.

Standing Order 42(1) stipulates a minimum of five working days between each stage of a Bill. Suspending this allows a Bill to proceed with Accelerated Passage.


Motion: Accelerated Passage – The Executive Committee (Functions) Bill
- Tabled by The Executive Office

That the Executive Committee (Functions) Bill proceed under the accelerated passage procedure.


Second Stage: The Executive Committee (Functions) Bill - Tabled by TheExecutive Office


Tuesday 7th July 2020

Assembly Business

Motion: Suspension of Standing Order 20(A) - Tabled by Keith Buchanan, John O’Dowd, Dolores Kelly, Robbie Butler, Kellie Armstrong, Clare Bailey.


This Standing Order deals with Topical Questions that are usually taken during the last 15 minutes of each Minister’s Question Time. By suspending this Standing Order, Topical Questions will not take place today.


Executive Committee Business

Second Stage: Pension Schemes Bill - Tabled by the Minister for Communities


Motion: The Sea Fish Industry (Coronavirus) (Fixed Costs) Scheme (NI) 2020 - Tabled by the Minister of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs


Motion: The Sea Fish Industry (Coronavirus) (Fixed Costs) (Amendment) Scheme (NI) 2020 - Tabled by the Minister of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs


Motion: The Rates (Exemption for Automatic Telling Machines in Rural Areas) Regulations - Tabled by the Minister of Finance


Legislative Consent Motion: Business and Planning Bill - Tabled by the Minister for Infrastructure


That this Assembly endorses the principle of the inclusion in the Business and Planning Bill of provision for temporary reduction in the duration of certain Northern Ireland driving licences.


Committee Business

Motion: Concerns over COVID-19 Guidance and Financial Support to Industry Sectors - Tabld by the Chairperson, Committee for Infrastructure


That this Assembly recognises the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the taxi, haulage, driving instruction, and private hire bus and coach sectors; acknowledges that these industries have not been prioritised in terms of guidance and support packages; and calls on the Minister for Infrastructure to bring forward proposals for the formulation of guidance and financial support for these sectors as a matter of urgency.


Question Time

Executive Office - view the full list of questions

The deputy First Minister will be taking questions today. Here are a few of the questions the Minister will be asked:

(Q1) To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the issues delaying payment to victims from the Troubles-related incident Victims Payment Scheme - Jonathan Buckley


(Q2) To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what assurances they can give that the recommendations of the Hart Inquiry will be implemented full. - Jemma Dolan


(Q4) To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the implementation of New Decade, New Approach. - Keith Buchanan


(Q7) To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the negotiations on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. - Catherine Kelly


Health - view the full list of questions

Here are a few of the questions the Minister will be asked:

(Q1) To ask the Minister of Health what action he has taken to ensure that a robust policy of test, trace and isolate can be implemented fully in the event of a second wave of COVID-19 - Martina Anderson


(Q3) To ask the Minister of Health whether eligibility for the forthcoming influenza immunisation programme will be impacted by COVID-19 restrictions - Harry Harvey


(Q7) To ask the Minister of Health to outline how he plans to fill the vacancies on the Board of the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority, including a timeframe for new appointments. - Catherine Kelly


Private Members’ Business

Motion: Disability Services and Family Carer Support - Tabled by Robbie Butler, Colin McGrath, Colm Gildernew, Kellie Armstrong, Pam Cameron, Gerry Carroll, Rachel Woods


That this Assembly recognises the significant impact of COVID-19 on children and adults with a disability and the exceptional contribution of family carers further to the cessation of many statutory and non-statutory services; and calls on the Minister of Health to produce a detailed plan for the resumption of services.


Motion: Ministerial Breaches of COVID-19 Regulations and Guidelines and the Associated Damage to Executive Messaging on COVID-19. Tabled by Christopher Stalford, Kellie Armstrong, Dr. Steve Aiken, Colin McGrath


That this Assembly acknowledges the immense sacrifices that people, families and communities have made during the COVID-19 emergency; pays tribute to those who selflessly prioritised the need to keep each other safe above their own personal needs, particularly during times of trauma, loss and grief; expresses disappointment in the actions of those in ministerial office who breached public guidance and failed to share in the sacrifice that we have asked of others; implores members of the public to stay with us and to continue acting in accordance with the regulations in order to keep each other safe and prevent further deaths; recommits to upholding the spirit and the letter of the COVID-19 regulations and the related public health guidance; and calls on the deputy First Minister and the Minister of Finance to apologise for their actions, which have caused immense hurt.

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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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