Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Venue: Room 135, Parliament Buildings

The meeting opened in public session at 2.05 p.m.

1. Apologies

The apologies are detailed above.

2.16 p.m. Mr Shannon joined the meeting.

2. Review of the Department’s management of its arms lengths bodies

The following Departmental officials and representatives joined the meeting:

Mr Paul Sweeney (Permanent Secretary, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure)
Ms Linda Wilson (Director of Culture, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure)
Ms Rosemary Kelly (Chair of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland)
Ms Roisin McDonough (Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland)

The officials and representatives briefed the Committee. This was followed by a question and answer session.

2.25 p.m. Mr McNarry left the meeting. 
2.30 p.m. Mr McCartney left the meeting.
2.47 p.m. Mr Ramsey left the meeting.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 2.47 p.m. 
The Chairperson reconvened the meeting at 3.16 p.m.

Mr McCartney rejoined the meeting at 3.40 p.m.

Agreed : The Committee agreed to write to the Department at the end of June to seek an update on Board members from Sport NI who were due to receive mandatory training.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the Department to ask for clarification on its powers to take forward the issue of mandatory training with the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the Department to ask if it is content with the level of representation of finance specialists on the Boards of its arms lengths bodies.

Agreed: The Committee agreed that the committee office staff would consider the Hansard from the meeting to ascertain if further information and clarification would be required from the officials and representatives.

3. Date and time of the next meeting

The next meeting of the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure will be on Thursday 2 April 2009 at 10.30 a.m. in Room 152, Parliament Buildings.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 3.47 p.m.

Mr Barry McElduff MLA 
Chairperson, Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure 
2 April 2009

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