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Pam Tilson from the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education delivered a workshop on building relations with MLAs

Pam Tilson from the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education delivered a workshop on building relations with MLAs

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    • 1.
      • Pam Tilson
      • Lobbying Officer
      • Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education
    • 2. Devolution
      • The transfer of certain powers from a central government to a regional government.
      • Allows decisions to be made at a level closer to the people they affect.
      • Central government retains power over certain areas.
      • Northern Ireland continues to elect MPs to the UK Parliament’s House of Commons and the Secretary of State continues to represent Northern Ireland’s interests in the UK Cabinet.
    • 3. Transferred Matters
      • Education
      • Health
      • Housing
      • Transport
      • Road safety
      • Environment
      • Sport, Arts & Leisure
      • Wildlife protection
      • Agriculture
      • Forestry and fishing
      • Economic Development
      • Employment and Training
      • Fire and ambulance services
      • Tourism
      The Northern Ireland Assembly has the power to make decisions on many issues; including:
    • 4. The Governance of Northern Ireland 108 Elected Members including Speaker & Deputy Speakers First and Deputy First Ministers Assembly Executive Committee ‘Cabinet’ 10 Executive Department Ministers The Committee System
    • 5.
      • Agriculture and Rural Development
      • Culture, Arts & Leisure
      • Education
      • Employment & Learning
      • Enterprise, Trade and Investment
      • Environment
      • Health, Social Services and Public Safety
      • Finance & Personnel
      • Regional Development
      • Social Development
      • The Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister (11 th department)
      Executive Departments
    • 6. Northern Ireland Assembly Election, 7 March 2007 +6 (2003) + 4 -9 -2 +1 +1 30.1% 26.2% 14.9% 15.2% 5.2% 0.6% 1.7% 3.2%
    • 7. 108 Members of the Assembly elected 7 March 2007 Social Democratic and Labour Party 16 Democratic Unionist Party 36 Ulster Unionist Party 18 The Alliance Party 7 Progressive Unionist Party 1 Green Party 1 Independent 1 Sinn Fein 28 Total = 108 MLAs
    • 8. Political Party Designations as of Mar 2007 Unionist community Nationalist community UUP SDLP DUP SF APNI PUP Indep . Political parties Others Speaker GP
    • 9. St Andrews Agreement
      • Ministers - more accountable to the Executive and the Assembly
      • a legally binding Ministerial Code
      • No joint election of FM and DFM
      • Specific reference in Pledge of Office to support for the ‘rule of law’, including policing and the courts; commitment to the joint nature of OFMDFM and to participating in all the institutions.
      • OFMDFM Committee now a Statutory Committee
      • A new Institutional Review Committee reviewing functioning of the Assembly and Executive
      • No redesignation except when a Member changes party.
      • Greater accountability of North-South Institutions
    • 10. Sittings of the Assembly
      • Monday and Tuesday
      • Proceedings held in public
      • Begin with prayers/private reflection
      • Quorum – 10, including the Speaker
      • Categories of Business
      • Questions commence at 2.30pm and finish at 4.00pm on Mondays
      • There may be an adjournment debate at the end of a sitting.
    • 11. Questions
      • Written and Oral
      • Must be for the purpose of seeking information
      • Written questions can be longer and ask for more detail.
      • Oral questions asked during Question Time – a very public way of getting Ministers to explain their actions
      • 3 Departments questioned each week (30 mins each):
        • OFMDFM, every fortnight
        • Other Ministers, once every 4 weeks
      • Computer randomly selects 20 questions
      • Departments have just under 2 weeks to prepare answers.
    • 12. The Legislative Process
      • First Stage: Introduction of Bill to the Assembly. The Speaker will have determined that the Assembly has power to legislate in this area.
      • Second Stage: A debate on the general principles of the Bill.
      • Committee Stage: Detailed investigation by a Committee which concludes with the publication of a report for consideration by the Assembly
      • Consideration Stage: Consideration of, and an opportunity for Members to vote on, all the details of the Bill, including amendments proposed to the Bill
      • Further Consideration Stage: Consideration by the Assembly of, and an opportunity for Members to vote on, any further amendments to the Bill
      • Final Stage: Passage or rejection of Bill by the Assembly, without further amendment.
      • Royal Assent
    • 13. Committees
      • Most of the day-to-day work of the Assembly is done in Committees.
      • There are 3 types of Committees:
        • Statutory
        • Standing
        • Ad Hoc
      • Membership of Committees broadly reflects party strength in the Assembly. The d’Hondt system is used to allocate Chairs/ Deputy Chairs.
      • Most Committees have 11 members.
      • Most MLAs were members of 2 or 3 Committees. Meetings are usually held weekly and last 2 – 3 hours.
    • 14. Committees
      • Have right to:-
      • Scrutinise Bills and make amendments
      • Scrutinise Department Budget
      • Initiate inquiries on areas within their Departmental responsibility
      • Bring forward their own legislation
    • 15. Relationship Mapping
      • Who knows who
      • Who des what
      • What can you offer them (publicity, briefing)
      • Be clear about what you want them to do.
    • 16. Politicians are not the only ones who are important
      • Party Policy teams
      • Special Advisors (SpAds)
      • Clerks/Researchers for Committees
      • Staff, Constituency and Parliamentary
    • 17. Use your available resources in campaigns
      • Eg.
      • Local Groups/Members
      • Parents/teachers
      • Children
      • Constituents
      • Other allies
    • 18.
      • Patience is a virtue
      • Not all issues are ‘winnable’ straight away
      • Eg. Free Personal Care – first on the agenda 2001.
    • 19. Know the Party System
      • Who are key players?
      • May not all be public figures
      • How do Parties determine policy?
      • - Conferences?
      • - Individuals?
      • - Spokespeople?
    • 20. The end
      • Contact Pam Tilson
      • NICIE Lobbying Officer
      • Phone 9023 6200
      • Email
      • Thanks for listening.