Northern Ireland round-up: 15 January 2010

15 January 2010

Parliamentary business relating to Northern Ireland for the week ending 15 January 2010

Written questions

In addition to oral questions, MPs and Peers can ask government ministers questions for written answer. These are often used to obtain detailed information about policies and statistics on the activities of government departments.

Early Day Motions

Early Day Motions (EDMs) are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. However, very few EDMs are actually debated. Instead, they are used for reasons such as publicising the views of individual MPs, drawing attention to specific events or campaigns, and demonstrating the extent of parliamentary support for a particular cause or point of view.

Legislation

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

Current inquiries being undertaken by the Committee include:

  • Consultative Group on the Past
  • Human Rights Bill for Northern Ireland
  • Omagh: a decade after the bomb
  • Television Broadcasting in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Northern Ireland Office.

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