Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Venue: Room 144

2:03 pm The meeting opened in public session.

1. Apologies

Apologies are listed above.

2. Minutes of the meeting on 23 January 2013

Agreed: The minutes of the last meeting were agreed.

3. Matters Arising

Tender for Domiciliary Care

The Committee received a briefing from the C&AG setting out his proposal to provide the Committee, before Easter recess, with a memo addressing the questions it raised on the tendering of domiciliary care in the Western Trust.

Agreed: The Committee was content with the approach and agreed to consider the C&AG’s findings upon the completion of his investigation.

2:07 pm The meeting went into closed session.

2:07 pm Mr McKay left the meeting.

4. Issues Paper on ‘The Safety of Services Provided by Health and Social Care Trusts’

Correspondence from the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

The Committee noted correspondence from Dr Andrew McCormick, Accounting Officer, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety providing the information sought by it following its evidence session on 14 November.

2:15 pm Mr McKay entered the meeting.

Agreed:   Following consideration of an issues paper reflecting the additional information the Committee agreed the outline of its draft report.

3:04 pm Mr Hussey declared an interest stating that he is the Chair of the Audit Committee for the Northern Ireland Policing Board.

3:04 pm Mr Copeland and Mr Hussey left the meeting.

5. PAC Inquiry on ‘PSNI: Use of Agency Staff’

Correspondence from the Northern Ireland Policing Board

The Committee noted correspondence from Mr Sam Pollock, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Policing Board including outstanding information collated by witnesses to the evidence session 10 October 2012.

3:11 pm Mr Copeland entered the meeting.

Correspondence from PSNI

The Committee considered correspondence from Superintendent Ryan Henderson, PSNI providing additional information sought after the evidence session on 28 November 2012.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the PSNI to clarify some information in the response.

3:25 pm Mr McQuillan left the meeting.

Correspondence from NIPSA

The Committee noted correspondence from Mr Ryan McKinney, Assistant Secretary, NIPSA enclosing a submission and a response from the PSNI relating to an FOI request.

3:35 pm External advisors left the meeting.

3:36 pm Mr McKay left the meeting.

6. Further Briefing on NIAO Report on ‘Invest NI: A Performance Review’

The Committee considered a Clerk’s brief detailing proposals emerging from a recent study visit to Tullylagan on the Committee’s process and approach to inquiries.

3:38 pm Mr McKay entered the meeting.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to the Tullylagan proposals subject to one amendment, and agreed to continue with development work in principle and subject to review.

3:58 pm Mr Copeland and Mr McLaughlin left the meeting.

7. Any other business

University of Ulster – Showcase Event    

The Chairperson informed the Committee of a forthcoming event being operated by the University of Ulster showcasing its work on research innovations and creative projects.

8. Date, time and place of next meeting

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 6 February 2013 at 2:00 pm in the Room 29, Parliament Buildings.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 4:07 pm.

Ms Michaela Boyle
Chairperson, Public Accounts Committee
6 February 2013

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