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 22 October 2014, at 2.00pm in Room 30, Parliament Buildings when it will continue its consideration of legislative proposals for a Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsperson.
The Committee is also due to receive briefings from Departmental officials on the Social Investment Fund and an update on Together: Building a United Community. Finally the Committee will consider a draft Inquiry plan following the receipt of written submissions to its Inquiry into Building a United Community.
Forthcoming business will be published in the Business Diary.
Strategic Priorities 2014/15
- Northern Ireland Public Service Ombudsperson Bill
- Building a United Community
- Budget scrutiny
- Forthcoming budget proposals
- Programme for Government
- PfG 31/32 Social Investment Fund
- PfG 67 Building a United Community
- Policy Scrutiny
- Children and Young Peopleo Active Ageing
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 Ombudsperson. The Committee is currently considering a draft bill to give effect to its proposals and it is hoped this will be ready for introduction in the Assembly in autumn 2014. Click here for further information.
The Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister is undertaking an Inquiry into Building a United Community.
The purpose of the inquiry is to inform the Executive’s approach in the actions it takes to tackle sectarianism, racism and other forms of intolerance; and to make recommendations in order to support and enhance policy in uniting communities and community integration, including how communities are involved in decision making.
The Inquiry will also seek to make recommendations based on the evidence gathered.
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Committee Motion: That this Assembly notes that 16 -22 June 2014 marks both Refugee Week 2014 and Community Relations Week 2014; further notes the respective themes of ‘Shared Future’ and ‘Building a United Community’; and expresses its support for both Refugee Week and Community Relations Week, particularly in relation to their shared aim of facilitating positive encounters between diverse cultures in order to encourage greater understanding, overcome hostility and build a shared society.
The full text of the debate held on 16 June is available here.
Further information can be found here.
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 investigated the impact of the Barroso Taskforce on Northern Ireland’s engagement on European issues and considered how the Executive engages on European affairs post-Barroso.
The Committee’s Report is available here and was debated in plenary on Tuesday 9 September. You can read the Official Report of that debate here.
The Committee hosted a visit from the Enlarged Presidency of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 2 April 2014. The Committee met with EESC President Henri Malosse, Vice Presidents Jane Morrice and Hans-Joachim Wilms and other EESC members to discuss the role of the EU in the peace process, social cohesion and the future of the European Union.
EESC is a consultative body of the European Union and provides a formal platform for economic and social interest groups and representatives to provide views on EU issues. There are currently 344 members who are each nominated by national governments and the Presidency visited Belfast from 2-4 April 2014 at the suggestion of the EESC Vice President Jane Morrice.
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.