Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Thursday, 02 September 2010

Venue: Room 135, Parliament Buildings

The meeting opened in open session at 12.03 p.m.

1. Apologies

The apologies are noted above.

2. Draft Minutes of 1 July 2010

Agreed: The Committee agreed the minutes of the Committee meeting of 1 July 2010.

3. Correspondence from DCAL on Special Olympics Ulster

The Committee considered correspondence from DCAL in relation to the Special Olympics Ulster.

Agreed: To explore the issue with DCAL officials during the next agenda item on Budget 2010.

Agreed: To invite SportNI and Special Olympics Ulster to brief the Committee regarding the fact that there is no bid for Special Olympics Ulster in the Comprehensive Spending Review.

4. DCAL briefing on Comprehensive Spending Review

The Committee noted the following papers in relation to the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) exercise and Budget 2010:

  • Memo from the Clerk summarising the spending review;
  • DCAL letter providing background information and timelines of CSR;
  • DCAL summary of Spending Proposals and saving plan;
  • DCAL Budget 2010 Spending Proposals (in rank order of priority);
  • DCAL response regarding Budget 2010 exercise;
  • DFP budget guidelines;
  • DCAL PowerPoint presentation on CSR;
  • A list of suggested questions;

The Committee considered a letter from NICVA in relation to the CSR.

Agreed: To provide members of the public gallery with a copy of the DCAL PowerPoint presentation.

Agreed: To invite NICVA to brief the Committee at its meeting of 9 September regarding budget implications for the community/voluntary sector in relation to arts and sports.

The following officials joined the meeting:

Edgar Jardine – Deputy Secretary – DCAL
Deborah Brown – Director of Corporate Services – DCAL 
Michael O'Dowd – Head of Finance – DCAL

The officials made an opening statement.

A question and answer session followed.

Mr. McCarthy left the meeting at 1:03p.m. 
Mr. McCartney left the meeting at 1:06p.m.

Agreed: To invite SportNI and the Arts Council to brief the Committee at its meeting of 16 September regarding the impact of the saving plan proposals.

Agreed: To receive a further briefing from the Department on the development of its spending and savings proposals within the Budget 2010 timetable.

5. Any other business

There were no other items of business.

6. Forward Work Programme

The Committee noted the Forward Work Programme .

Agreed: That next week’s briefing from DCAL on September Monitoring should be covered by Hansard.

7. Date and time of the next meeting

The next meeting of the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure will take place on Thursday 9 September 2010 at 10.30 a.m. in Room 21, Parliament Buildings.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 1.18p.m.

Mr Barry McElduff 
Chairperson, Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure 
9 September 2010

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