Northern Ireland Assembly

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on the Northern Ireland Assembly. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
19.05.2016Northern Ireland Assembly Elections: 2016
Elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly on 5 May 2016 resulted in little change in the party composition. Following the elections the two largest parties in the Assembly remain the DUP (38 MLAs) and Sinn Féin (28 MLAs).
15.02.2016Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill 2015-16 [Bill 133]
A Bill to implement provisions of the Fresh Start Agreement on tackling paramilitarism and balanced budgets.
20.11.2015A Fresh Start: the Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan and the Northern Ireland (Welfare Reform) Bill 2015-16 [Bill 99]
The Northern Ireland (Welfare Reform) Bill is part of a process to stabilise the political institutions in Northern Ireland. It stems from a package agreed between the UK and Irish Governments and the largest Northern Ireland parties: the Fresh Start agreement. This paper gives a guide to the Bill, and to the agreement.
19.08.2015Northern Ireland: Stormont House Agreement and implementation
This briefing paper sets out the main provisions of the Stormont House Agreement and looks at progress with implementation. The way forward for welfare changes in Northern Ireland, which was a main driver for the talks leading to the Agreement, continues to be unresolved.
12.02.2015Devolution of corporation tax to Northern Ireland
On 7 January 2015 the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers, announced the introduction of legislation to enable the devolution of corporation tax in Northern Ireland in April 2017. A Bill was presented to the House the following day. This note discusses the development of the Government's policy and the wider debate over corporate tax competition.
30.10.2014CAP reform 2014-20: EU Agreement and Implementation in the UK and in Ireland (updated)
CAP reform 2014-2020 has been agreed and is now being implemented. This paper sets out stakeholder reaction and key implementation decisions for the four countries of the UK, and also of Ireland. It updates the November 2013 version which was prepared as government consultations on implementation were still on-going.
11.03.2014Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: amendments
The Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill was amended at third reading in the Lords. This Note discusses the changes, which covered the size of the Assembly, the Civil Service Commissioners for Northern Ireland, and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.
15.11.2013Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013-14
The Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill was not amended in Committee. It returns for Report on 18 November 2013. The Government has tabled two amendments.
17.06.2013Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill
This Bill was introduced to the Commons on 9 May 2013. This Paper provides background for the second reading debate on this Bill expected on 24 June 2013. The Bill creates a new method for appointing the Justice Minister in the Northern Ireland Executive, and allows for transparency in donations and loans to political parties, as well as ending dual mandates between the Assembly and the UK House of Commons. There are also some electoral administration reforms and miscellaneous changes to Northern Ireland law. Most of the provisions were subject to pre-legislative scrutiny by the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee which published a report in March 2013.
13.03.2013Northern Ireland draft bill 2012-13
This Note sets out the main provisions of the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) draft Bill published on 11 February 2013. The draft Bill is being given pre-legislative scrutiny by the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, beginning on 25 February 2013. Their report is expected to be published by the end of this session.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
23.03.2016Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
This House of Lords Library briefing provides an overview of the provisions in the Bill, and a summary of the Bill's proceedings in the House of Commons.
11.03.2016Devolved Legislature Elections, 5 May 2016: Background
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information relating to the elections for the devolved legislatures in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on 5 May 2016.

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
14.06.2011POST OFFICES IN NORTHERN IRELAND
That this House notes the importance of the vital community service provided by post offices in Northern Ireland; and further notes that they hold communities together, allowing customers ...
03.05.201190th ANNIVERSARY OF NORTHERN IRELAND
That this House recognises the 90th anniversary of the foundation of Northern Ireland in 1921; recalls the sacrifice of so many who have given their lives to protect the people of Northern ...
19.01.2011REMOVAL OF ACCESS TO END YEAR FLEXIBILITY FUNDS
That this House notes the decision by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to remove 316 million from the resources available to the Northern Ireland Executive by its decision to end access ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses