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The Northern Ireland Assembly has the power to make its own 'primary legislation', or law, within the areas devolved to it under the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (the Act).
Assembly Members make the law mainly through proposing, debating, amending and eventually approving a Public Bill. When fully approved by the Assembly and the Secretary of State, and given Royal Assent, Public Bills become Acts.
There are three types of Public Bill:
From this page you can view how each Public Bill progressed through the various stages of the legislative process since the restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1999 until the end of the 2007 mandate on 24th March 2011.
To access a Bill from a previous session along with its associated explanatory and financial memorandum, notices and marshalled list of amendments and any amended version of the Bill please follow one of the links below:
Alphabetical List of Bills
Click here to see a list of every Bill introduced to the Assembly from 1999 until March 2011.
Bills Receiving Royal Assent
Click here for a yearly breakdown of Bills that have become Acts.
Bills from Previous Sessions
Click here for information on the progression of legislation during the current session.
Search the Assembly website for further information on legislation or a particular bill:
Further information on legislation and the different stages of an Assembly Bill
Bills may be introduced into the Assembly only if they are within the legislative competence of the Assembly.
They are outside that competence if they:
[Note: Reserved matters and Excepted matters (that are ancillary to reserved or transferred matters) may be included in an Assembly bill only if approved by the Secretary of State.]
Stages in Consideration of a Bill
First Stage: Introduction of Bill.
For a more detailed explanation of Assembly Stages click here