Chairing the Business Committee

The Speaker and the Chief Whips of the main political parties form the Business Committee. Following the 2016 election, the decision was taken to allow smaller parties to have representation on the Business Committee for first time since devolution. The Business Committee is an important committee, responsible for agreeing what business the plenary sessions of the Assembly will deal with. These sessions take place on a Monday and Tuesday in the Assembly Chamber. The Order Paper is the agenda for a plenary session. It lists the order of business for that meeting. The Business Committee usually meets on Tuesdays at lunchtime.