This committee from the Fourth
Assembly has been dissolved. New committees will be formed during the Fifth
The Business Committee was responsible for the organisation
of Assembly Business. It was the only Committee whose functions and remit was
set out in Standing Orders. Its role was to “facilitate the effective
organisation of Assembly proceedings” as stated in Standing
The Presiding Officer chaired the meetings, which were
attended by the Minister for Government Business and a Business Manager from
each of the other parties represented in the Assembly.
The Committee usually met weekly in private when the
Assembly was in session, to comment on proposals for the organisation of
Government business and to determine the organisation of Assembly business in
Plenary. For these meetings, only the minutes were published (see below).
The Committee may have met publicly
on an ad hoc basis, to make recommendations on the general practice and
procedure of the Assembly in the conduct of its business, including any
proposals for the re-making or revisions of Standing
These meetings were subject to the normal procedures for
public meetings and members of the public were welcome to sit in the public
gallery to observe them. Information on how to attend a meeting of the
Committee can be found in the Attend
a Committee Meeting section.
out more about the Business Committee.
Transcripts and Minutes
Reports produced by the
Committee must publish a timetable every six months that:
timetables for Plenary meetings;
times available for other committee meetings within the Assembly;
times for meetings of political groups;
dates for oral questions to be taken in Plenary meetings.
A list of Members who served on the
Committee during the Fourth Assembly can be found below: