Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: Thursday, 14 February 2013

Venue: Room 21, Parliament Buildings

The meeting opened at 10.44am.

1. Apologies

The apologies are noted above.  

2. Briefing from Sport NI on Committee’s Investigation into Gaps in Child Protection and Safeguarding across the Culture, Arts and Leisure Remit

The following officials joined the meeting at 10.45am:

Sport NI’s Acting Chief Executive, Mr Nick Harkness;

Sport NI’s Policy, Planning and Research Manager, Mr Paul Donnelly; and

NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit Officer, Mr Paul Stephenson.

The officials briefed the Committee.

Mr Oliver McMullan joined the meeting at 10.48am.

A question and answer session followed.

Mr Michael McGimpsey joined the meeting at 11.01am.

Agreed: Officials agreed to provide to the Committee information on its Coaching the Whole Child Workshop.

The officials left the meeting at 11.51am.

Mr Michael McGimpsey left the meeting at 11.52am.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to take agenda items 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8 next while the meeting was quorate.

3. Draft Minutes of the Meeting held on 7 February 2013 and 12 February 2013

The Committee agreed the draft minutes of 7 February 2013 and 12 February 2013.

4. Matters Arising

The Committee noted the correspondence tracker.

The Committee noted correspondence from the Minister regarding the concerns of the Northern Ireland School’s Football Association.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to include correspondence from the Minister regarding NSPCC’s briefing paper ‘Safeguarding in Sport’ as part of its Investigation into Child Protection and Safeguarding across the Culture, Arts and Leisure remit.

The Committee noted the Minister’s correspondence on Assembly Research’s briefing paper on the Department’s Evaluation of the Communities Festivals Fund.

The Committee noted correspondence from the DETI Minister regarding efforts to secure accommodation for the World Police and Fire Games.

5. Inquiry Report into Maximising the Potential of the Creative Industries

Agreed: The Committee agreed that Appendix 1 – Minutes of Proceedings stand part of the Report. 

Agreed: The Committee agreed that Appendix 2 – Minutes of Evidence stand part of the Report. 

Agreed: The Committee agreed that Appendix 3 – Written Submissions stand part of the Report. 

Agreed: The Committee agreed that Appendix 4 – Research papers stand part of the Report. 

Agreed: The Committee agreed that Appendix 5 – Other Papers submitted to the Committee stand part of the Report.

Agreed: The Committee agreed that the relevant extract from the minutes of today’s meeting stand part of the Report.

Agreed: The Committee agreed that the Report be the First Report of the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure to the Assembly of the 2012/13 Session.

6. Correspondence

Agreed: The Committee agreed that the Clerk should draft a response to the OFMDFM Committee on the Executive’s draft European Priorities paper, for agreement at next week’s meeting.

The Committee noted correspondence from the Arts Council on its EQIA for its Five Year Strategic Plan.

7. Chairperson’s Business

The Committee noted the invitation tracker.

8. Forward Work Programme

Agreed: The Committee agreed the changes to the Forward Work Programme.         

Agreed: The Committee agreed to hold its meeting of 14 March 2013 at the MAC Theatre.

Ms Rosaleen McCorley left the meeting at 12.04pm.

Mr David Hilditch left the meeting at 12.04pm.

The meeting was suspended at 12.04pm.

Mr Oliver McMullan left the meeting at 12.06pm.

Mr Michael McGimpsey returned to the meeting at 12.08pm.

Mr Oliver McMullan returned to the meeting at 12.08pm.

The Committee meeting resumed in public session at 12.08pm.

9. Briefing from Volunteer Now on Committee’s Investigation into Gaps in Child Protection and Safeguarding Across the Culture, Arts and Leisure Remit

The following officials joined the meeting at 12.08pm:

Director of Policy and Capital Building, Ms Sandra Adair; and

Safeguarding Manager, Ms Veronica Gray.

The officials briefed the Committee.

Mr David Hilditch rejoined the meeting at 12.14pm.

A question and answer session followed.

Ms Rosaleen McCorley rejoined the meeting at 12.21pm.

Mr Michael McGimpsey left the meeting at 12.42pm.

Officials left the meeting at 12.51pm.

10. Date and Time of Next Meeting        

The next meeting of the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure will take place on Thursday 21st  February 2013, Lisburn City Library.

The Committee adjourned at 12.53pm.

Miss Michelle McIlveen MLA
Chairperson, Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure
21 February 2013

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