The Chairperson of the Committee for Finance and Personnel (Mr Molloy):

Marriage Bill:  Committee Stage (Period Extension) – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 12:30 pm on 30 September 2002.

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I beg to move

That, in accordance with Standing Order 31(5), the period referred to in Standing Order 31(3) be extended to 4 November 2002, in relation to the Committee Stage of the Marriage Bill (NIA 18/01).

Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. The Committee Stage of the Marriage Bill is due to conclude formally on 10 October 2002, by which time the Committee is required to report its findings to the Assembly. The Committee has completed its deliberations on the Bill, and a draft report is being prepared.

The Committee is dealing with two other Bills, the Budget and two inquiries. The motion to extend Committee Stage until 4 November 2002 is a precautionary measure to ensure that the Committee is able to approve and publish the report on the Bill. The Committee is content that it will be able to report its findings to the Assembly by the new deadline. I ask Members to support the motion.

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved:

That, in accordance with Standing Order 31(5), the period referred to in Standing Order 31(3) be extended to 4 November 2002, in relation to the Committee Stage of the Marriage Bill (NIA 18/01).