Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister
Welcome to the Home Page of the Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister. The Committee was established to advise and assist the First Minister, the Rt Hon Peter D Robinson MLA and the deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness MLA, on matters within their responsibilities as Ministers. The Committee undertakes a scrutiny, policy development and consultation role with respect to the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister and plays a key role in the consideration and development of legislation. The Committee Chairperson is Mr Mike Nesbitt.
Here you will find information about the Committee membership and the work of the Committee.
The Committee for the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister will next meet on Wednesday 12 March at 2.00pm in Room 30, Parliament Buildings.
The Committee will be briefed by officials from the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister on the draft Racial Equality Strategy.
Forthcoming business will be published in the Business Diary.
Existing work streams
- Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman (NIPSO) Bill
- Budget scrutiny
- Programme for Government scrutiny
- Committee EU priorities for 2013 and selection of priorities in 2014
- Subsidiarity monitoring
Strategic Committee Priorities for 2013-14
- Programme for Government Commitment 15
Development of Maze Long Kesh site
- Programme for Government Commitment 31 & 32
Social Investment Fund
- Programme for Government Commitment 33
- Programme for Government Commitment 34
Poverty & Social Exclusion
- Programme for Government Commitment 67
Cohesion, Sharing & Integration Strategy
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The Committee has developed policy proposals to merge and reform the offices of Assembly Ombudsman and Northern Ireland Commissioner for Complaints into a new office to be known as the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman. The Committee has directed that a bill to give effect to its proposals be prepared for introduction in the Assembly. Click here for further information.
At its meeting on 19 February 2014, the Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister agreed the Terms of Reference for an Inquiry into the Barroso Taskforce.
The Inquiry will investigate the impact of the Barroso Taskforce on Northern Ireland’s engagement on European issues and consider how the Executive engages on European affairs post-Barroso.
Further information can be found here.
Committee Members visit Forthspring Inter Community Group on the Springfield Road to hear about the work they are doing with young people across the interface.