Committees of the Assembly
Here you will find information regarding Committees established by the Assembly, including details of their role and powers and links to further pages containing information on their work and publications.
Committees of the Assembly were supported and serviced by the Committee Office. The Committee Office assisted the Assembly in its work as a legislature by supporting Committees in their consideration of subordinate legislation and in taking the Committee Stage of primary legislation. It also assisted Assembly Committees to fulfil their role in policy development and departmental scrutiny.
Statutory Committees of the Assembly had a scrutiny, policy development and consultation role in respect of the Department with which each was associated, and could initiate legislation. They had the power to:
The Statutory Committees of the Assembly were:
Agriculture and Rural Development
† An Act to change the name of the Department of Higher and Further Education, Training and Employment to Department for Employment and Learning was given Royal Assent on 20 July 2001.
Assembly Standing Orders made provision for the establishment of Standing Committees. Standing Committees were permanent Committees of the Assembly and had specific roles assigned to them within Standing Orders.
The Standing Committees of the Assembly were:Assembly and Executive Review Committee
Committee on Procedures
Committee of the Centre
Public Accounts Committee
Committee on Standards and Privileges
Ad Hoc Committees were established from time to time to deal with specific time-bounded terms of reference that the Assembly set.
The Ad Hoc Committees of the Assembly are:
Ad Hoc Committee on Flags (NI) Order 2000
Ad hoc Committee on proposed Draft Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2002
Ad Hoc Committee on the Assembly Members (Independent Financial Review and Standards) Bill
Ad Hoc Committee - Private Security Industry (NI) Order 2009
Ad Hoc Committee on the Draft Criminal Damage (Compensation) (Amendment) (NI) Order 2008
Ad Hoc Committee - Local Postal Services
Ad Hoc Committee - Draft Sexual Offences (NI) Order 2007
Ad Hoc Committee - Draft Criminal Justice Order 2007
The Ad Hoc Committees set up prior to the devolution of powers on 2 December 1999 can be accessed by clicking here.
COMMITTEE REPORTS of the First Mandate (1998 - 2003)
Committee Reports from the first mandate may be accessed here.
COMMITTEE REPORTS before Devolution of PowersCommittee reports passed by the The New Northern Ireland Assembly before devolution of powers can be accessed by clicking here.