Northern Ireland (Ministers, Elections and Petitions of Concern) Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee on 29th June 2021.

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[Graham Stringer in the Chair]

Photo of Graham Stringer Graham Stringer Labour, Blackley and Broughton 9:25 am, 29th June 2021

Before we begin, I have a few preliminary announcements. Hon. Members will understand the need to respect social distancing guidance, in line with the House of Commons Commission decision. Face coverings should be worn in Committee unless Members are speaking or medically exempt. Hansard colleagues would be grateful if Members emailed their speaking notes to hansardnotes@parliament.uk. Please switch electronic devices to silent mode. I remind Members—sometimes people forget—that tea and coffee are not allowed during sittings.

Today we will first consider the programme motion on the amendment paper, then a motion to enable the reporting of written evidence for publication and then a motion to allow us to deliberate in private about our questions before the oral evidence session. In view of the time available, I hope that we can deal with those matters formally, without debate.

Ordered,

That—

1. the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25 am on Tuesday 29 June) meet—

(a) at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 29 June;

(b) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 6 July;

(c) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 8 July;

2. the Committee shall hear oral evidence in accordance with the following Table:

Date

Time

Witness

Tuesday 29 June

Until no later than 10.30 am

The Committee on the Administration of Justice;

Professor Jonathan Tonge, University of Liverpool

Tuesday 29 June

Until no later than 11.25 am

Lilah Howson-Smith

Tuesday 29 June

Until no later than 2.30 pm

Sir Jonathan Stephens

Tuesday 29 June

Until no later than 3.15 pm

Emma Little-Pengelly

Tuesday 29 June

Until no later than 4.00 pm

Mark Durkan

Tuesday 29 June

Until no later than 4.45 pm

Alex Maskey, Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly;

Lesley Hogg, Clerk of the Northern Ireland Assembly;

Dr Gareth McGrath, Director of Parliamentary Services, Northern Ireland Assembly

3. the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 5.00 pm on Thursday 8 July.—(Mr Robin Walker.)

Resolved,

That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.—(Mr Robin Walker.)

Photo of Graham Stringer Graham Stringer Labour, Blackley and Broughton

Copies of written evidence that the Committee receives will be made available in the Committee Room and circulated to Members by email.

Resolved,

That, at this and any subsequent meeting at which oral evidence is to be heard, the Committee shall sit in private until the witnesses are admitted.—(Mr Robin Walker.)

The Committee deliberated in private.