Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Venue: Room 21

The meeting opened at 11.06a.m. in public session

1. Apologies

Apologies are detailed above.

2. Minutes of the last meeting

Agreed: The Committee agreed the minutes of the Committee meeting held on Tuesday, 7 February  2012.

3. Matters Arising        

There were no matters arising. 

4. Review of Parts III and IV of the Northern Ireland Act in the Context of    Reviewing the Size of the NI Assembly and the number of NI Departments

The Chairperson reminded the Committee that the purpose of this agenda item was for the Committee to consider and agree  the wording of the revised Terms of Reference of its Review of Parts III and IV of the Northern Ireland Act, the revised stakeholder ‘Call for Evidence’ paper and the signposting advertisement for the Review. 

The Clerk briefed the Committee on the papers before Members today.

Mr Paul Givan left the meeting at 11.07am

The meeting was suspended at 11.12am due to absence of quorum.

The meeting resumed at 11.15am. 

The Chairperson reminded the Committee of the purpose of this agenda item and the Clerk briefed the Committee on the papers before Members.

The Committee discussed its forthcoming Review including the revised Terms of Reference, the revised stakeholder ‘Call for Evidence’ paper and the signposting advertisement for the Review.    

Agreed:  The Committee agreed the revised Terms of Reference.

Agreed:  The Committee agreed the revised stakeholder ‘Call for Evidence’ paper. 

Mrs Sandra Overend joined the meeting at 11.20am.

Agreed: The Committee agreed the signposting advertisement for the Review. 

Agreed: That the Committee staff make the appropriate arrangements to publish the advertisement in the three daily papers. 

Agreed: That the Committee staff publish the Terms of Reference on the Committee’s webpage and to issue the stakeholder ‘Call for Evidence’ paper to the key stakeholders that were agreed at the meeting of 31 January. 

The Chairperson reminded Members that the deadline for submissions on the ‘Call for Evidence’ paper is 28 March 2012, and that is it hoped that some key stakeholders may make their submissions before the deadline. 

Agreed: That the Committee staff, in consultation with the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson, write to Members to advise of submissions and stakeholders, which might be invited to provide oral evidence at the next Committee meeting or the following meeting.

6. Any Other Business

There were no other items of business.

7. Date, time and place of next meeting

The next meeting of the Assembly and Executive Review Committee will be held on 28 February 2012, at 11.00 am in Room 21, Parliament Buildings.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at  11.22am

Mr Stephen Moutray
Chairperson, Assembly and Executive Review Committee

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