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Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Bill
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The bill provides for the restoration of the Assembly and the devolved institutions on 26 March 2007.

It also repeals the Northern Ireland Act 2000.

MAIN PROVISIONS
  • Create a new transitional assembly to operate from the 24th November and the date of full restoration
  • Seek an "endorsement by the electorate" of the St. Andrews Agreement
  • Amend the Northern Ireland Act 1998 in relation to the operation of the Assembly, inparticular providing for a statutory ministerial code and changing the procedure for appointing the First and Deputy First Minister
  • Place a duty on a future restored executive to develop strategies in relation to Irish and Ulster Scots language, poverty and social exclusion
  • The executive must report to the Secretary of State one year after restoration to update him on progress towards the devolution of policing and justice matters
  • The Education (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 will be amended so that the prohibition of academic selection doesn┐t come into effect until devolution is restored


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