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Public Assemblies, Parades and Protests

In this section you will find information on the Public Assemblies, Parades and Protests legislation.

Public Assemblies, Parades and Protests

As part of the agreement reached at Hillsborough Castle on 5 February 2010, the First Minister and deputy First Ministers agreed to establish a co-chaired working group comprising six members with experience of dealing with parading issues. The group is tasked with bringing forward agreed outcomes and proposals which it believes capable of achieving cross-community support for a new and improved framework for parading.

Consultation on 'The Public Assemblies, Parades and Protests Bill (Northern Ireland)'

As a result of the report from the working group a paper was issued by the First Minister and Deputy First Minister for public consultation between 20 April and 14 July 2010. The Consultation Document included the Code of Conduct section from the Report of the Working Group and the draft legislation – “The Public Assemblies, Parades and Protests Bill (Northern Ireland)” – which allows, subject to the approval of the Northern Ireland Assembly, for the implementation of the new arrangements recommended by the Working Group.
An Explanatory Guide to the draft legislation was also provided.  The closing date for views and comments on the proposed Bill was 1.00pm on Wednesday 14 July 2010.  

Summary of responses received on the consultation paper

A summary of the responses received has been compiled and is available below.