The Assembly & Executive
What is the difference between theand the ?
The Assembly is the, or law-making body, made up of elected by the people of Northern Ireland to represent their views and make laws on their behalf. It meets in the of , in the grounds of the Stormont Estate in Belfast.
The– or ‘Executive’ – is the Government of Northern Ireland, made up of in charge of Government Departments. The Ministers are MLAs chosen by their parties, using the . The Executive Committee meets in Stormont Castle, also on the Stormont Estate. Its work is co-ordinated by the and .
Ministers are responsible for day to day government operational decisions within their own areas of responsibility. They get together as the Executive Committee to draw up the draft, the and to approve the introduction of Executive legislation to the Assembly.
As the elected body, the Assembly holds the Executive to account, scrutinising Ministers’ proposals for newand operational decisions.
Play the video to find out more about how the Assembly and Executive work together.