TODAY’S BUSINESS AT THE ASSEMBLY

First Minister Peter Robinson

First Minister Peter Robinson

THE Assembly’s 108 MLAs return to work today after the Christmas and New Year break.

The ongoing Union flag protest is likely to be raised during questions to First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy first minister Martin McGuinness.

Mr Robinson could be asked about the setting up of the Unionist Forum and its progress in dealing with grassroots loyalist issues.

The Assemblywill sit at noon.

Indicative Timings for Order of Business

1. Prayers

2. Executive Committee Business

Motion: The draft Single Use Carrier Bags Charge Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012

Proposed:

That the draft Single Use Carrier Bags Charge Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 be approved.

Minister of the Environment

3. Committee Business

Motion: Single Farm Payments

Proposed:

That this Assembly acknowledges the importance of Single Farm Payments to the farming industry and to the wider rural economy; expresses concern about the issues arising from the inspection and payment system for the 2011 scheme; and calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to ensure that systems for the delivery of the scheme in the future are fit for purpose and that the inspection process is expedited effectively.

Chairperson, Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development

4. Question Time

4.1 Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister

4.2 Finance and Personnel

5. Adjournment

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