Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Thursday, 17 February 2011

Venue: Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings

The meeting opened at 10.36 a.m

1. Apologies

As above.

2. Draft minutes 10 February 2011

The Committee agreed the tabled minutes of 10 February 2011.

3. Matters arising

The Committee noted the response from BBC NI regarding its promotional strategy.

The Committee noted the OFMDFM Committee update on the Sustainable Development Commission.

Mr Burns joined the meeting at 10.40 a.m.

The Committee considered the tabled letter from the MAC in relation to its artwork competition to mark the opening of the MAC theatre.

Agreed : The Committee agreed to support the event which is to be held in the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings in May 2011.

Lord Browne left the meeting at 10.45 a.m.

The Committee noted the response from the Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure in relation to the strategic approach to commemorations.

4. Ministerial briefing regarding Final Draft of the Museums Policy

Dr Dan Hull, Assembly Services Researcher briefed the Committee on a paper entitled ‘Brief comparison between the draft museums policy and the final version’.

The Committee considered the briefing paper and the final draft of the Museum’s Policy from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

The Minister and the following officials joined the meeting at 10.55 a.m.

Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure 
Mick Cory-Director Sports, Museums and Recreation - DCAL 
Stephen McGowan, Head of Creative Industries and Innovation - DCAL

The Minister and officials briefed the Committee on the final of the draft Museums Policy.

Mr Robinson declared an interest as a member of Newtownabbley Borough Council.

Mr McClarty declared an interest as a member of Coleraine Borough Council.

Mr Humphrey declared an interest as a member of Belfast City Council and Belfast Visitor & Convention Bureau.

Mr Hilditch declared an interest as he is the Chairperson of Carrickfergus Museum Committee of Carrickfergus Borough Council.

A question and answer session followed.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the Department requesting further clarification on the policy.

The Minister and officials left the meeting at 11.57 a.m.

The deputy Chairperson, Mr Humphrey and Mr Burns left the meeting at 11.58 a.m

5. Libraries NI briefing on Stage II Consultation

The Committee considered the briefing paper and consultation documents from Libraries NI.

The following representatives joined the meeting at 12 noon.

The deputy Chairperson and Mr Humphrey rejoined the meeting at 12 noon.

Dr David Elliott, Chairperson of Board of Libraries NI 
Ms Irene Knox, Chief Executive, Libraries NI 
Ms Helen Osborn, Director of Service Delivery, Libraries NI

The representatives briefed the Committee on Stage II of Libraries NI Consultation.

A question and answer session followed.

Mr McClarty left the meeting at 12.10 p.m 
Mr Humprhey left the meeting at 12.30 p.m 
Mr Hilditch left the meeting at 12.31 p.m 
Mr Hilditch rejoined the meeting at 12.48 p.m

Agreed: The Committee agreed to issue a press release in relation to the Libraries NI’s consultation and to produce a formal response to the consultation.

The representatives left the meeting at 12.48 p.m

6. Chairperson’s Business

The Chairperson spoke on behalf of the Committee at the Spring Supplementary Estimates and second stage of the Budget Bill in the Chamber.

The Chairperson and the deputy Chairperson will attend the pre match function at Ravenhill prior to the Ulster v Cardiff fixture on Friday 25 th February.

7. Correspondence

The Committee noted the Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure’s Draft Equality Scheme and Action Plan.

The Committee considered the Department of Justice’s letter regarding traffic control at cycling road races.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to forward the letter to DCAL and request that they take the lead in relation to this issue.

The Committee considered the correspondence from Arts & Business NI in relation to the Draft budget 2011-2015 Consultation.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to forward the Committee’s response to Budget 2011-15 to Arts & Business NI for information.

The Committee considered the letter fromTrevor Leonard regarding correspondence sent to the Minister in May 2010.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the Minister requesting that he responds to Mr Leonard’s letter and to write to Mr Leonard to inform him of the Committee’s actions.

The Committee considered the email from Jonathan Edwards; the athletes’ representative of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games .

Agreed: The Committee agreed to acknowledge Mr Edward’s email.

The Committee noted the letter from DCAL regarding the Public Bodies Bill – Legislative Consent motion.

8. Forward Work Programme

The Committee noted the Forward Work Programme.

9. Any Other Business

There was no other business.

10. Date and time of next meeting

The next meeting of the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure will take place on Thursday 03 March 2011 at 10.30a.m. in the McClure Room, Belmont Tower, Belfast.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 12.55 p.m

Mr Barry McElduff, MLA 
Chairperson, Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure 
03 March 2011

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