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5The Executive Committee and the Ministerial CodeE+W+S+N.I.

(1)In section 20 of the 1998 Act (Executive Committee), after subsection (3) insert—

(4)The Committee shall also have the function of discussing and agreeing upon—

(a)significant or controversial matters that are clearly outside the scope of the agreed programme referred to in paragraph 20 of Strand One of that Agreement;

(b)significant or controversial matters that the First Minister and deputy First Minister acting jointly have determined to be matters that should be considered by the Executive Committee.

(2)After section 28 of the 1998 Act insert—

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28AMinisterial Code

(1)Without prejudice to the operation of section 24, a Minister or junior Minister shall act in accordance with the provisions of the Ministerial Code.

(2)In this section “the Ministerial Code” means—

(a)the Ministerial Code that becomes the Ministerial Code for the purposes of this section by virtue of paragraph 4 of Schedule 1 to the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006 (as from time to time amended in accordance with this section); or

(b)any replacement Ministerial Code prepared and approved in accordance with this section (as from time to time amended in accordance with this section).

(3)If at any time the Executive Committee—

(a)prepares draft amendments to the Ministerial Code; or

(b)prepares a draft Ministerial Code to replace the Ministerial Code,

the First Minister and deputy First Minister acting jointly shall lay the draft amendments or the draft Code before the Assembly for approval.

(4)A draft Ministerial Code or a draft amendment to the Code—

(a)shall not be approved by the Assembly without cross-community support; and

(b)shall not take effect until so approved.

(5)The Ministerial Code must include provision for requiring Ministers or junior Ministers to bring to the attention of the Executive Committee any matter that ought, by virtue of section 20(3) or (4), to be considered by the Committee.

(6)The Ministerial Code must include provision for a procedure to enable any Minister or junior Minister to ask the Executive Committee to determine whether any decision that he is proposing to take, or has taken, relates to a matter that ought, by virtue of section 20(3) or (4), to be considered by the Committee.

(7)The Ministerial Code must also include provision as to the procedures of the Executive Committee with respect to—

(a)the taking of decisions; and

(b)consideration by the Committee of decision papers that are to be considered by the North-South Ministerial Council or the British-Irish Council.

(8)The Ministerial Code must in particular provide—

(a)that it is the duty of the chairmen of the Executive Committee to seek to secure that decisions of the Executive Committee are reached by consensus wherever possible;

(b)that, if consensus cannot be reached, a vote may be taken; and

(c)that, if any three members of the Executive Committee require the vote on a particular matter which is to be voted on by the Executive Committee to require cross-community support, any vote on that matter in the Executive Committee shall require cross-community support in the Executive Committee.

(9)The Ministerial Code may include such other provisions as the Executive Committee thinks fit.

(10)Without prejudice to the operation of section 24, a Minister or junior Minister has no Ministerial authority to take any decision in contravention of a provision of the Ministerial Code made under subsection (5).

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I1Part 2 (ss. 5-19) in force on 26.3.2007 if (and only if) the Secretary of State makes a restoration order by virtue of s. 2(2), see s. 27(4)(5)

6Power to refer Ministerial decision to Executive CommitteeE+W+S+N.I.

After section 28A of the 1998 Act insert—

Power to refer Ministerial decision to Executive CommitteeE+W+S+N.I.
28BPower to refer Ministerial decision to Executive Committee

(1)This section applies if 30 members petition the Assembly expressing concern that a decision taken by a Minister or junior Minister (“the Ministerial decision”)—

(a)may have been taken in contravention of section 28A(1); or

(b)relates to a matter of public importance.

(2)But this section does not apply if the Ministerial decision has previously been the subject of a reference under this section.

(3)If the Presiding Officer, after consulting the political parties whose members hold seats in the Assembly, certifies that the Ministerial decision relates to a matter of public importance, he shall refer the decision to the Executive Committee for its consideration.

(4)Having considered the reference, the Executive Committee shall notify the Presiding Officer—

(a)whether or not the decision was, in its view, taken in contravention of section 28A(1);

(b)whether or not the decision relates, in its view, to a significant or controversial matter; and

(c)as to any action that the Executive Committee proposes to take, or has taken, in relation to the decision.

(5)No reference may be made under this section after the end of the period of seven days beginning with—

(a)the day on which the Ministerial decision was taken; or

(b)if appropriate, the day on which the decision was notified to the Assembly.

(6)Any consideration by the Executive Committee of a Ministerial decision under this section must be completed before the end of the period of seven days beginning with the day on which the reference is made.

(7)Standing orders shall make provision with respect to the procedure to be followed—

(a)in petitioning the Assembly under subsection (1); and

(b)in making a reference under this section.

(8)The periods mentioned in subsections (5) and (6) shall be computed by reference only to days on which the Assembly sits.

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I2Part 2 (ss. 5-19) in force on 26.3.2007 if (and only if) the Secretary of State makes a restoration order by virtue of s. 2(2), see s. 27(4)(5)

7Pledge of officeE+W+S+N.I.

(1)In the pledge of office set out in Schedule 4 to the 1998 Act, after paragraph (c) insert—

(ca)to promote the interests of the whole community represented in the Northern Ireland Assembly towards the goal of a shared future;

(cb)to participate fully in the Executive Committee, the North-South Ministerial Council and the British-Irish Council;

(cc)to observe the joint nature of the offices of First Minister and deputy First Minister;

(cd)to uphold the rule of law based as it is on the fundamental principles of fairness, impartiality and democratic accountability, including support for policing and the courts as set out in paragraph 6 of the St Andrews Agreement;.

(2)At the end of the pledge of office set out in that Schedule insert— Paragraph 6 of the St Andrews Agreement says:

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I3Part 2 (ss. 5-19) in force on 26.3.2007 if (and only if) the Secretary of State makes a restoration order by virtue of s. 2(2), see s. 27(4)(5)

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8First Minister, deputy First Minister and Northern Ireland MinistersE+W+S+N.I.

(1)For section 16 of the 1998 Act (First Minister and deputy First Minister) substitute—

16AAppointment of First Minister, deputy First Minister and Northern Ireland Ministers following Assembly election

(1)This section applies where an Assembly is elected under section 31 or 32.

(2)All Northern Ireland Ministers shall cease to hold office.

(3)Within a period of seven days beginning with the first meeting of the Assembly—

(a)the offices of First Minister and deputy First Minister shall be filled by applying subsections (4) to (7); and

(b)the Ministerial offices to be held by Northern Ireland Ministers shall be filled by applying section 18(2) to (6).

(4)The nominating officer of the largest political party of the largest political designation shall nominate a member of the Assembly to be the First Minister.

(5)The nominating officer of the largest political party of the second largest political designation shall nominate a member of the Assembly to be the deputy First Minister.

(6)If the persons nominated do not take up office within a period specified in standing orders, further nominations shall be made under subsections (4) and (5).

(7)Subsections (4) to (6) shall be applied as many times as may be necessary to secure that the offices of First Minister and deputy First Minister are filled.

(8)But no person may take up office as First Minister, deputy First Minister or Northern Ireland Minister by virtue of this section after the end of the period mentioned in subsection (3) (see further section 32(3)).

(9)The persons nominated under subsections (4) and (5) shall not take up office until each of them has affirmed the terms of the pledge of office.

(10)Subject to the provisions of this Part, the First Minister and the deputy First Minister shall hold office until immediately before those offices are next filled by virtue of this section.

(11)The holder of the office of First Minister or deputy First Minister may by notice in writing to the Presiding Officer designate a Northern Ireland Minister to exercise the functions of that office—

(a)during any absence or incapacity of the holder; or

(b)during any vacancy in that office arising otherwise than under section 16B(2),

but a person shall not have power to act by virtue of paragraph (a) for a continuous period exceeding six weeks.

(12)This section shall be construed in accordance with, and is subject to, section 16C.

16BVacancies in the office of First Minister or deputy First Minister

(1)The First Minister or the deputy First Minister—

(a)may at any time resign by notice in writing to the Presiding Officer; and

(b)shall cease to hold office if he ceases to be a member of the Assembly otherwise than by virtue of a dissolution.

(2)If either the First Minister or the deputy First Minister ceases to hold office at any time, whether by resignation or otherwise, the other—

(a)shall also cease to hold office at that time; but

(b)may continue to exercise the functions of his office until immediately before those offices are filled in accordance with this section.

(3)Where the offices of the First Minister and the deputy First Minister become vacant at any time, they shall be filled by applying subsections (4) to (7) within a period of seven days beginning with that time.

(4)The nominating officer of the largest political party of the largest political designation shall nominate a member of the Assembly to be the First Minister.

(5)The nominating officer of the largest political party of the second largest political designation shall nominate a member of the Assembly to be the deputy First Minister.

(6)If the persons nominated do not take up office within a period specified in standing orders, further nominations shall be made under subsections (4) and (5).

(7)Subsections (4) to (6) shall be applied as many times as may be necessary to secure that the offices of First Minister and deputy First Minister are filled.

(8)But no person may take up office as First Minister or deputy First Minister under this section after the end of the period mentioned in subsection (3) (see further section 32(3)).

(9)The persons nominated under subsections (4) and (5) shall not take up office until each of them has affirmed the terms of the pledge of office.

(10)This section shall be construed in accordance with, and is subject to, section 16C.

16CSections 16A and 16B: supplementary

(1)In sections 16A and 16B and this section “nominating officer”, in relation to a party, means—

(a)the person registered under Part 2 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 as the party's nominating officer; or

(b)a member of the Assembly nominated by him for the purposes of this section.

(2)For the purposes of sections 16A and 16B and this section—

(a)the size of a political party is to be determined by reference to the number of seats in the Assembly which were held by members of the party on the day on which the Assembly first met following its election; but

(b)if two or more parties are taken by virtue of paragraph (a) to be of the same size, the respective sizes of those parties is to be determined by reference to the number of first preference votes cast for the parties at the last general election of members of the Assembly;

(this is subject to subsections (7) and (8)).

(3)For the purposes of sections 16A and 16B and this section, a political party to which one or more members of the Assembly belong is to be taken—

(a)to be of the political designation “Nationalist” if, at the relevant time (see subsection (11)), more than half of the members of the Assembly who belonged to the party were designated Nationalists;

(b)to be of the political designation “Unionist” if, at the relevant time, more than half of the members of the Assembly who belonged to the party were designated Unionists;

(c)otherwise, to be of the political designation “Other”.

(4)For the purposes of sections 16A and 16B and this section—

(a)the size of the political designation “Nationalist” is to be taken to be equal to the number of members of the Assembly who, at the relevant time, were designated Nationalists;

(b)the size of the political designation “Unionist” is to be taken to be equal to the number of members of the Assembly who, at the relevant time, were designated Unionists;

(c)the size of the political designation “Other” is to be taken to be equal to the number of members of the Assembly who, at the relevant time, were neither designated Nationalists nor designated Unionists.

(5)But if two or more political designations are taken by virtue of subsection (4) to be of the same size, the respective sizes of those designations is to be determined by reference to the aggregate number of first preference votes cast, at the last general election of members of the Assembly, for members of the Assembly who, at the relevant time, were—

(a)designated Nationalists (in the case of the political designation “Nationalist”);

(b)designated Unionists (in the case of the political designation “Unionist”); or

(c)neither designated Nationalists nor designated Unionists (in the case of the political designation “Other”).

(6)If at any time the party which is the largest political party of the largest political designation is not the largest political party—

(a)any nomination to be made at that time under section 16A(4) or 16B(4) shall instead be made by the nominating officer of the largest political party; and

(b)any nomination to be made at that time under section 16A(5) or 16B(5) shall instead be made by the nominating officer of the largest political party of the largest political designation.

(7)Where—

(a)the Assembly has resolved under section 30(2) that a political party does not enjoy its confidence; and

(b)the party's period of exclusion (see subsection (12)) under that provision has not come to an end,

subsection (2)(a) above shall have effect as if the number of seats in the Assembly which were held by members of the party on the day on which the Assembly first met following its election was nil.

(8)Where—

(a)the Secretary of State has given a direction under section 30A(5) in respect of a political party; and

(b)the party's period of exclusion under that provision has not come to an end,

subsection (2)(a) above shall have effect as if the number of seats in the Assembly which were held by members of the party on the day on which the Assembly first met following its election was nil.

(9)Where—

(a)a person nominated by the nominating officer of a political party ceased to hold office as First Minister or deputy First Minister as a result of a resolution of the Assembly under section 30(2) or a direction of the Secretary of State under section 30A(5); and

(b)the party's period of exclusion under section 30(2) or 30A(5) subsequently comes to an end otherwise than by virtue of the dissolution of the Assembly,

the First Minister and the deputy First Minister shall cease to hold office when the party's period of exclusion under that provision comes to an end (unless any period of exclusion of the party under the other provision has not come to an end).

(10)But where a direction under section 30A(5) ceases to have effect under section 95A(6) or (7), its so ceasing to have effect shall for the purposes of subsection (9) be taken not to involve the coming to an end of a period of exclusion under section 30A(5).

(11)In this section “the relevant time” means the end of the day on which the Assembly first met following its election.

(12)In this section, a reference to a period of exclusion under any provision is, in the case of a period of exclusion under that provision which has been extended, a reference to that period as extended.

(13)Standing orders may make further provision in connection with the making of nominations under sections 16A and 16B.

(14)In this Act “the pledge of office” means the pledge of office which, together with the code of conduct to which it refers, is set out in Schedule 4.

(2)Schedule 5 (executive selection: consequential amendments) has effect.

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Commencement Information

I4Part 2 (ss. 5-19) in force on 26.3.2007 if (and only if) the Secretary of State makes a restoration order by virtue of s. 2(2), see s. 27(4)(5)

9Department with policing and justice functions: nomination etc of MinistersE+W+S+N.I.

Schedule 6 (department with policing and justice functions: nomination etc of Ministers) has effect.

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I5Part 2 (ss. 5-19) in force on 26.3.2007 if (and only if) the Secretary of State makes a restoration order by virtue of s. 2(2), see s. 27(4)(5)

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10Statutory committee for Office of First Minister and deputy First MinisterE+W+S+N.I.

(1)Section 29 of the 1998 Act (statutory committees) is amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (1)(a), after “committees”)” insert—

(i)to advise and assist the First Minister and the deputy First Minister in the formulation of policy with respect to matters within their responsibilities as Ministers jointly in charge of the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister, and

(ii) .

(3)In subsection (6), for the words from “it is established” to the end of the subsection substitute—

(a)it is established to advise and assist the First Minister and the deputy First Minister and either of those Ministers is a member of his party; or

(b)it is established to advise and assist a Northern Ireland Minister and that Minister is a member of his party.

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Commencement Information

I6Part 2 (ss. 5-19) in force on 26.3.2007 if (and only if) the Secretary of State makes a restoration order by virtue of s. 2(2), see s. 27(4)(5)

11Committee to review functioning of Assembly and Executive CommitteeE+W+S+N.I.

(1)After section 29 of the 1998 Act insert—

29ACommittee to review functioning of Assembly and Executive Committee

(1)Standing orders shall make provision—

(a)for establishing a committee to examine such matters relating to the functioning of the Assembly and the Executive Committee as may be specified in the standing orders;

(b)in relation to the membership of the committee; and

(c)for regulating proceedings of the committee.

(2)Standing orders shall provide for the committee to make reports—

(a)to the Assembly; and

(b)to the Executive Committee.

(3)The committee shall, by no later than 1 May 2015, make a report on the operation of the provisions of Parts 3 and 4 of this Act—

(a)to the Secretary of State;

(b)to the Assembly; and

(c)to the Executive Committee.

29BReview of operation of sections 16A to 16C

(1)Standing orders shall require the committee established by virtue of section 29A to consider—

(a)the operation of sections 16A to 16C; and

(b)in particular, whether to recommend that the Secretary of State should make an order amending this Act and any other enactment so far as may be necessary to secure that they have effect, as from the date of the election of the 2011 Assembly, as if the executive selection amendments had not been made.

(2)In subsection (1)—

  • the 2011 Assembly” means the Assembly due to be elected under section 31 in 2011;

  • the executive selection amendments” means the amendments made by section 8 of, and paragraphs 1, 2(1) and (2) and 3 to 14 of Schedule 5 to, the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006.

(2)If, by no later than 1 February 2011—

(a)the committee established by virtue of section 29A of the 1998 Act makes the recommendation set out in section 29B(1)(b) of that Act, and

(b)the committee's recommendation is approved by the Northern Ireland Assembly with cross-community support (within the meaning of that Act),

the Secretary of State must by order made by statutory instrument amend that Act and any other enactment so far as may be necessary to secure that they have effect, as from the date of the election of the 2011 Assembly, as if the executive selection amendments had not been made.

(3)In subsection (2)—

  • the 2011 Assembly” means the Northern Ireland Assembly due to be elected under section 31 of the 1998 Act in 2011;

  • the executive selection amendments” means the amendments made by section 8 of, and paragraphs 1, 2(1) and (2) and 3 to 14 of Schedule 5 to, this Act.

(4)An order under this section may contain supplementary, incidental, consequential, transitional or saving provision.

(5)A statutory instrument containing an order under this section shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

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I7Part 2 (ss. 5-19) in force on 26.3.2007 if (and only if) the Secretary of State makes a restoration order by virtue of s. 2(2), see s. 27(4)(5)

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12North-South Ministerial Council and British-Irish CouncilE+W+S+N.I.

For section 52 of the 1998 Act substitute—

52ANorth-South Ministerial Council and British-Irish Council

(1)The First Minister and the deputy First Minister acting jointly shall, as far in advance of each meeting of the North-South Ministerial Council or the British-Irish Council as is reasonably practicable, give to the Executive Committee and to the Assembly the following information in relation to the meeting—

(a)the date;

(b)the agenda; and

(c)(once determined under this section) the names of the Ministers or junior Ministers who are to attend the meeting.

(2)Each Minister or junior Minister who has responsibility (whether or not with another Minister or junior Minister) in relation to any matter included in the agenda for a meeting of either Council (“appropriate Minister”) shall be entitled—

(a)to attend the meeting; and

(b)to participate (see section 52C) in the meeting so far as it relates to that matter.

(3)An appropriate Minister may nominate another Minister or junior Minister—

(a)to attend the meeting in place of the appropriate Minister; and

(b)to participate in the meeting so far as it relates to matters for which the appropriate Minister has responsibility,

but a person may not be nominated under this subsection without his consent.

(4)Each appropriate Minister shall notify the First Minister and the deputy First Minister, as soon as reasonably practicable and in any event no later than 10 days before the date of the meeting, that—

(a)he intends to attend the meeting;

(b)he does not intend to attend the meeting but has nominated another person under subsection (3) to attend in his place; or

(c)he does not intend to attend the meeting and he does not intend, or has not been able, to make such a nomination,

and a notification under paragraph (b) shall include the name of the person nominated.

(5)If the appropriate Minister gives a notification under subsection (4)(c) (or if the First Minister and the deputy First Minister receive no notification from him under subsection (4)), the First Minister and the deputy First Minister acting jointly shall nominate a Minister or junior Minister—

(a)to attend the meeting in place of the appropriate Minister; and

(b)to participate in the meeting so far as it relates to matters for which the appropriate Minister has responsibility.

(6)In relation to a matter for which the First Minister and the deputy First Minister are the appropriate Ministers—

(a)the notification to be made by each of them under subsection (4) shall be made to the other; and

(b)if either of them (“A”) gives a notification under subsection (4)(c) (or if the other (“B”) receives no notification from A under subsection (4)), B (acting alone) shall make the nomination under subsection (5) in relation to A.

(7)The First Minister and the deputy First Minister acting jointly shall make such nominations (or further nominations) of Ministers and junior Ministers (including where appropriate alternative nominations) as they consider necessary to ensure such cross-community participation in either Council as is required by the Belfast Agreement.

(8)Subsection (9) applies in relation to any matter included in the agenda for a meeting of either Council if—

(a)the First Minister and the deputy First Minister are not the appropriate Ministers in relation to the matter; but

(b)the matter is one that ought, by virtue of section 20(3) or (4), to be considered by the Executive Committee.

(9)The First Minister and the deputy First Minister acting jointly shall also be entitled—

(a)to attend the meeting; and

(b)to participate in the meeting so far as it relates to that matter.

(10)In this section “day” does not include a Saturday, a Sunday, Christmas Day, Good Friday and any day which is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland.

52BSection 52A: duty to attend Council meetings etc

(1)It shall be a Ministerial responsibility of—

(a)each appropriate Minister; or

(b)if a Minister or junior Minister is nominated under section 52A(3) or (5) to attend a meeting of the North-South Ministerial Council or the British-Irish Council in place of an appropriate Minister, that Minister or junior Minister,

to participate in the meeting so far as it relates to matters for which the appropriate Minister has responsibility.

(2)It shall be a Ministerial responsibility of a Minister or junior Minister nominated to attend a meeting of either Council under section 52A(7) to participate in the meeting so far as specified in the nomination.

(3)Each appropriate Minister shall give to—

(a)a person nominated under section 52A(3) or (5) to attend a meeting of either Council in his place; or

(b)a person nominated under section 52A(7) to participate in a meeting of either Council so far as specified in the nomination,

such information as may be necessary to enable the person's full participation in the meeting.

(4)But if the appropriate Minister does not give sufficient information under subsection (3) to enable the person's full participation in the meeting—

(a)the First Minister and the deputy First Minister acting jointly may request the necessary information; and

(b)if they do so, the appropriate Minister must give that information to the person nominated.

(5)A person nominated under section 52A(3) or (5) may enter into agreements or arrangements in respect of matters for which the appropriate Minister is (or the appropriate Ministers are) responsible.

(6)Without prejudice to the operation of section 24, a Minister or junior Minister attending a meeting of either Council by virtue of any provision of section 52A or this section shall act in accordance with any decisions of the Assembly or the Executive Committee (by virtue of section 20) which are relevant to his participation in the Council concerned.

(7)In this section “appropriate Minister”, in relation to a meeting of the North-South Ministerial Council or the British-Irish Council, has the same meaning as in section 52A.

52CSections 52A and 52B: supplementary

(1)If any question arises under section 52A or 52B as to which Minister or junior Minister has responsibility for any matter, the First Minister and the deputy First Minister acting jointly shall determine that question.

(2)A Minister or junior Minister who participates in a meeting of either the North-South Ministerial Council or the British-Irish Council by virtue of any provision of section 52A or 52B shall, as soon as reasonably practicable after the meeting, make a report—

(a)to the Executive Committee; and

(b)to the Assembly.

(3)A report under subsection (2)(b) shall be made orally unless standing orders authorise it to be made in writing.

(4)The Northern Ireland contributions towards the expenses of the Councils shall be defrayed as expenses of the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister.

(5)In sections 52A and 52B and this section “participate” shall be construed—

(a)in relation to the North-South Ministerial Council, in accordance with paragraphs 5 and 6 of Strand Two of the Belfast Agreement;

(b)in relation to the British-Irish Council, in accordance with the first paragraph 5 of Strand Three of that Agreement.

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I8Part 2 (ss. 5-19) in force on 26.3.2007 if (and only if) the Secretary of State makes a restoration order by virtue of s. 2(2), see s. 27(4)(5)

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13Community designationE+W+S+N.I.

In section 4 of the 1998 Act (transferred, excepted and reserved matters), after subsection (5) insert—

(5A)Standing orders of the Assembly shall provide that a member of the Assembly designated in accordance with the standing orders as a Nationalist, as a Unionist or as Other may change his designation only if—

(a)(being a member of a political party) he becomes a member of a different political party or he ceases to be a member of any political party;

(b)(not being a member of any political party) he becomes a member of a political party.

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14Power of Executive Committee to call for witnesses and documentsE+W+S+N.I.

After section 28B of the 1998 Act insert—

Executive Committee: further provisionsE+W+S+N.I.
28CPower of Executive Committee to call for witnesses and documents

Section 44 applies to the Executive Committee as it applies to the Assembly, but as if—

(a)in subsection (1), for “any person” there were substituted “ a senior officer of a Northern Ireland department (within the meaning given by Article 2(3) of the Departments (Northern Ireland) Order 1999) ”;

(b)at the end of that subsection there were inserted “ but only in so far as they are matters in relation to which the Executive Committee's functions under section 20(3) or (4) are exercisable ”;

(c)subsection (6) were omitted; and

(d)in subsection (7), for “The Presiding Officer” there were substituted “ The First Minister and the deputy First Minister acting jointly ”.

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15Strategies relating to Irish language and Ulster Scots language etcE+W+S+N.I.

After section 28C of the 1998 Act insert—

28DStrategies relating to Irish language and Ulster Scots language etc

(1)The Executive Committee shall adopt a strategy setting out how it proposes to enhance and protect the development of the Irish language.

(2)The Executive Committee shall adopt a strategy setting out how it proposes to enhance and develop the Ulster Scots language, heritage and culture.

(3)The Executive Committee—

(a)must keep under review each of the strategies; and

(b)may from time to time adopt a new strategy or revise a strategy.

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16Strategy relating to poverty, social exclusion etcE+W+S+N.I.

After section 28D of the 1998 Act insert—

28EStrategy relating to poverty, social exclusion etc

(1)The Executive Committee shall adopt a strategy setting out how it proposes to tackle poverty, social exclusion and patterns of deprivation based on objective need.

(2)The Executive Committee—

(a)must keep under review the strategy; and

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17Vacancy in the AssemblyE+W+S+N.I.

In Schedule 6 to the 1998 Act (which makes certain provision about standing orders), after paragraph 4 insert—

Votes in vacancy

5The standing orders may include provision enabling a right to vote in the Assembly which could have been exercised but for a vacancy in the membership of the Assembly to be exercisable in such manner as is so provided.

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18Report on progress towards devolution of policing and justice mattersE+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Northern Ireland Assembly must make a report to the Secretary of State before 27 March 2008—

(a)as to the preparations that the Assembly has made, and intends to make, having regard to paragraph 7 of the St Andrews Agreement, for or in connection with policing and justice matters ceasing to be reserved matters;

(b)as to which matters are likely to be the subject of any request under section 4(2A) of the 1998 Act that policing and justice matters should cease to be reserved matters;

(c)containing an assessment of whether the Assembly is likely to make such a request before 1 May 2008.

(2)The Secretary of State must lay a copy of the report before each House of Parliament.

(3)Paragraph 7 of the St Andrews Agreement says: “ Discussions on the devolution of policing and justice have progressed well in the Preparation for Government Committee. The Governments have requested the parties to continue these discussions so as to agree the necessary administrative arrangements to create a new policing and justice department. It is our view that implementation of the agreement published today should be sufficient to build the community confidence necessary for the Assembly to request the devolution of criminal justice and policing from the British Government by May 2008. ”

(4)In this section “policing and justice matter” has the meaning given by section 4(6) of the 1998 Act (as inserted by section 16(5) of the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006 (c. 33)) and “reserved matter” has the meaning given by section 4(1) of the 1998 Act.

(5)In section 16(3) of the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006, in the inserted section 4(2A) of the 1998 Act, for “devolved policing and justice matter” substitute “ policing and justice matter ”.

(6)In section 16(5) of the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006, in the inserted section 4(6) of the 1998 Act, for “ “devolved policing and justice matter”” substitute “policing and justice matter” .

(7)In section 17(1) of the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006, in the inserted section 21A(8)(b) of the 1998 Act, for “devolved policing and justice matter” substitute “ policing and justice matter ”.

(8)The subject-matter of subsections (1) and (2) is to be treated as a reserved matter for the purposes of the 1998 Act.

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19Minor and consequential amendmentsE+W+S+N.I.

Schedule 7 (minor and consequential amendments relating to Part 2) has effect.

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