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Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults Bill: Committee Stage (Period Extension)

– in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:00 pm on 7th October 2002.

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Photo of Dr Joe Hendron Dr Joe Hendron Social Democratic and Labour Party 4:00 pm, 7th October 2002

I beg to move

That, in accordance with Standing Order 31(5), the period referred to in Standing Order 31(3) be extended to 22 November 2002, in relation to the Committee Stage of the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults Bill (NIA 22/01).

The Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety is examining the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults Bill. It is a significant piece of legislation and runs to over 50 clauses. The Committee warmly welcomes the Bill, which contains important provisions to enhance the protection of children and vulnerable adults. The Bill breaks new ground, and it is important that the Committee be able to devote sufficient time to scrutiny of its provisions, and to discussion of the impact it will have on organisations working with children.

Related issues include whistle-blowing and the making of disqualification orders for persons deemed to be a risk to children. In order to be satisfied that the Bill can fully deliver on its intent and provide safeguards for vulnerable young adults, the Committee asks that the Committee Stage of the Bill be extended to Friday 22 November 2002.

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 22 November 2002, in relation to the Committee Stage of the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults Bill (NIA 22/01).