Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Tuesday, 06 December 2011

Venue: Room 106

1. Introduction and Apologies

1.1 Apologies were noted from the Speaker, Mr P Maskey and Mr J McCallister.

1.2 The acting Chairperson welcomed Nick Mitford as Assistant Clerk to the Committee.

2. Minutes of the meeting held on 29 November 2011

2.1 The minutes of the meeting held on 29 November were agreed and signed by the acting Chairperson.  

3. Matters arising

3.1 There were no matters arising.

4. Finalisation of Order Papers for Week Commencing 12 December 2011

Executive Business

4.1 Members noted that, in addition to Question Time to the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister and the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, two postponed Ministerial Statements from the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development on the NSMC Meeting in Aquaculture and Marine Sectoral Format and the NSMC Meeting in Agriculture Sectoral Format had been re-scheduled for Monday 12 December 2011. 

4.2 Members noted that, apart from Question Time to the Minister of Education and Minister of Justice, no further Executive business had been scheduled for Tuesday 13 December.

Committee Business

4.3 Members confirmed the motion from the Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety on ‘Fractures resulting from osteoporosis’ for Tuesday 13 December, with the usual timings.

Private Members’ Business

4.4 Members confirmed the following Private Members’ Motions on Monday 12 December, with the usual timings:

  • ‘Cancer Drugs Fund’ (Mr A Ross, Mr P Weir); and
  • ‘Fuel Payments for Cancer Patients’ (Ms M Gildernew, Ms M Boyle, Mr M Brady).

Members noted that the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety would be responding to both debates.

4.6 Members agreed to schedule the following deferred choice of a DUP Private Members’ Motion on Tuesday 13 December with the usual timings:

  • ‘Pay Day Loans’ (Mr A McQuillan, Mr P Girvan, Mr D Hilditch, Mr W Humphrey).

Members also confirmed the following Adjournment topic:

  • ‘The amalgamation of the three Inner-South Belfast primary schools (Blythefield, Donegall Road and Fane Street) on a new site at the City Hospital ’.

4.7 Junior Minister Bell advised that all relevant Members were available to respond, but that no Executive response was anticipated to the motion on ‘Pay Day Loans’.

5. Any Other Business

5.1 There was no other business.

6. Date and Time of next meeting

6.1 Members agreed to meet at approximately 12.30pm on Tuesday 10 January 2012 in Room 106, and noted that plenary business would be scheduled at that meeting for the weeks beginning 16 and 23 January 2012.

6.2 The acting Chairperson wished members a happy Christmas.

The acting Chairperson brought the meeting to a close at 12.38pm.

Ms Jennifer McCann
Acting Chairperson

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