Rule 12.1A of Standing Orders allows the Parliament (on a motion on the Parliamentary Bureau) to decide that an Acting Convener can be chosen for a committee where the convener is on an extended period of maternity, paternity, parental, adoption or shared parental leave. As with committee convenerships, the Parliamentary Bureau must have regard to the balance of the political parties in the Parliament.
The Acting Convener will have all the functions of a convener. The Convener who is on leave will continue to hold office, be a committee member and can continue to receive committee papers. However, the convener will not participate in committee meetings or any other business of the committee.”