Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Thursday, 11 December 2008

Venue: Room 152, Parliament Buildings

The meeting opened in closed session at 10.14 a.m.

1. Apologies

The apologies are detailed above.

2. Inquiry into the Development of a Museums Policy for Northern Ireland

Agreed : The Committee agreed the following sections of the report:

Executive Summary – read and agreed, subject to a minor amendment.

List of Recommendations – read and agreed.

Introduction – read and agreed.

10 16 a.m. Mr McNarry joined the meeting. 
10.16 a.m. Mr McCartney joined the meeting.

The need for a museums policy – read and agreed.

The relationship between independent, council and national museums – read and agreed.

Strengthening the museums sector and improving cross-departmental links – read and agreed.

The future of museums under the RPA – read and agreed.

The key elements of a museums policy – read and agreed.

Next steps – the process for developing a museums policy – read and agreed.

10.20 a.m. Mr Shannon joined the meeting.

Agreed : The Committee agreed that the following papers should be appended to the Committee’s report:

Minutes of Proceedings

Minutes of Evidence

List of Written Submissions to the Committee

Written Submissions to the Committee

List of Witnesses Who Gave Evidence to the Committee

List of Research Papers

Research Papers

List of additional information

Additional Information

List of Abbreviations

Agreed: The Committee ordered the report to be printed, as amended.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to forward advance embargoed copies of the report to the Department, the Northern Ireland Museums Council and the National Museums Northern Ireland.

The meeting moved into public session at 10.25 a.m.

3. Presentation from Research Services on Safety at Sports Grounds

Ms Ruth Barry briefed the Committee on the Safety at Sports Grounds ( Northern Ireland) Order 2006. Following a question and answer session, Ms Barry agreed to forward further information to the Committee.

4. Briefing on Safety at Sports Grounds

The following officials joined the meeting:

Mr Jack Palmer - Head of DCAL Sports Branch 
Mr Greg Magee - DCAL Sports Branch 
Professor Eamonn McCartan - Chief Executive Sport NI 
Mr Paul Scott - Sport NI

The officials briefed the Committee on issues relating to s afety at sports grounds . A question and answer session followed. The officials agreed to provide clarification in writing on a number of issues.

12.12 p.m. Mr Ramsey left the meeting.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to invite the officials to brief the Committee again in the New Year on how the issues are progressing.

4. Consideration of Statutory Rules

‘ Question put and agreed:

That the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure has considered the Eel Fishing (Licence Duties) Regulations 2008, and subject to the report of the Examiner of Statutory Rules, has no objection to the rule .’

‘Question put and agreed:

That the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure has considered the Fisheries (Amendment No. 2) Byelaws (NI) 2008, and subject to the report of the Examiner of Statutory Rules, has no objection to the rule .’

12.26 p.m. Mr McNarry left the meeting.

5. Draft Minutes of the meeting held on 4 December 2008

The draft minutes of the meeting held on 4 December 2008 were agreed.

6. Matters Arising

Agreed : The Committee agreed to defer matters arising to its next meeting.

7. Chairperson’s Business

The Chairperson advised that he and number of other Members had held an informal meeting with a number of interest groups on Tuesday 9 December 2008, and that the Committee Office would provide a report at its next meeting.

The Chairperson advised that he had received an invitation from Swim Ulster to attend the Annual Ulster Open Championships in Bangor Castle on 19 - 21 December 2008, and that the Deputy Chairperson would attend the event.

8. Correspondence

Agreed : The Committee agreed to defer c orrespondence to its next meeting.

9. Forward Work Plan

Agreed : The Committee agreed to discuss its forward work programme for the period of January 2009 to the Easter recess, at the Committee’s meeting on Thursday 8 January 2009.

Agreed : The Committee agreed to defer the briefing on the Community Festival Fund to the New Year.

10. Date and time of the next meeting

The next meeting of the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure will be on Thursday 8 January 2009 at 10.30 a.m. in Room 152, Parliament Buildings.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 12.30 p.m.

Mr Barry McElduff MLA 
Chairperson, Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure 
8 January 2009

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