Research Papers 2012

Synopsis Here you will find a list of Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure research papers published during 2012.

  • The relationship between physical activity and mental health: a summary of evidence and policy

    Reference: 198/12 - Date: 20/12/2012

    This paper summarises the evidence available for the positive effects of physical activity on mental ill-health. It also summarises references to this link in current strategy and policy documents, both in Northern Ireland and in Scotland.

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  • An analysis and summary of Delivering Tomorrow’s Libraries

    Reference: 171/12 - Date: 06/11/2012

    This paper presents a summary and brief analysis of the Northern Ireland public libraries policy framework, Delivering Tomorrow’s Libraries.

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  • An update on the economic performance of the creative industries

    Reference: 118/12 - Date: 06/07/2012

    This paper provides an update on the available statistics indicating the performance of the creative industries, following a previous Assembly research paper on this issue in September 2011 Paper 93/11 The Creative Industries: background, definitions and recent policy development . In particular, some indication is provided of the performance of the creative industries through the economic downturn.

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  • The DCAL Creative Industries Framework and the Scottish Creative Industries Strategy

    Reference: 117/12 - Date: 06/07/2012

    This paper presents a comparison between the draft DCAL Creative Industries Framework and the Scottish Creative Industries Strategy.

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  • Legislation and guidance governing the ownership of archaeological archives

    Reference: 83/12 - Date: 17/05/2012

    Archaeological archives can be described as the artefacts and records which derive from archaeological excavation or survey work. The following is a summary of current issues regarding the ownership of archaeological archives in Northern Ireland, along with comparisons with other jurisdictions.

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  • Sport Matters strategy: Capital requirements

    Reference: 54/12 - Date: 02/03/2012

    Sport Matters (the Northern Ireland Strategy for Sport and Physical Recreation 2009 – 2019) was developed by DCAL in partnership with Sport NI, and was approved by the Northern Ireland Executive in December 2009. A set of 26 targets are included in the strategy, structured around the themes of participation, performance and places. This paper also provides an overview of the strategy and its projected capital requirements. This paper details the actual DCAL expenditure on sport infrastructure and the estimated funding shortfall.

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  • EU sports policy and the Sport Matters strategy

    Reference: 53/12 - Date: 02/03/2012

    This paper describes current European Union policy with regard to sport, and in particular the actions set out in the European Commission Communication Developing the European Dimension of Sport. Some context for these proposed actions is provided through a brief analysis of Sport Matters: the Northern Ireland Strategy for Sport and Physical Recreation 2009–2019.

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  • The Fisheries Act and associated European legislation

    Reference: 36/12 - Date: 17/02/2012

    This research paper describes the provisions made by the Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1966, particularly regarding the granting of licences for salmon fishing at sea. The relationship between the Act and relevant European legislation is also described, and the DCAL commitments under the Convention for the Conservation of Salmon in the North Atlantic Ocean outlined. An indication is provided of the likely process required for undertaking changes to the Fisheries Act.

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  • Planning and inland fisheries

    Reference: 35/12 - Date: 17/02/2012

    This briefing paper sets out the provisions made within planning policy statements for inland fisheries, in the light of potential implications of development on flood plains and riverbanks

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  • Programme for Government commitments: Culture, arts and leisure issues

    Reference: 17/12 - Date: 31/01/2012

    A Draft Programme for Government (PfG) was introduced to the Assembly on 17 November 2011, setting out the Executive’s plans and priorities for the period 2011–15. The Executive also published a Draft Investment Strategy and an Economic Strategy for Northern Ireland. This briefing paper provides an overview of the main commitments and priorities set out within these documents in relation to culture, arts and leisure.

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