Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: Wednesday, 09 January 2013

Venue: Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings

10.32am          The meeting commenced in public session

1. Apologies

As above.

2. Chairperson’s Business

None.

10.38am Mr McNarry joined the meeting

3. Draft Minutes                      

Agreed: The Committee agreed the minutes of the meeting of 12th December 2012.

Mr Dallat commended the facilities at Adelaide Train Maintenance Facility.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the Department asking if the work on the Coleraine to Londonderry/Derry line is on schedule. 

4. Correspondence

Members noted the correspondence received.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Committee for Education regarding the Inquiry into Better Use of Public and Community Sector Funds for the Delivery of Bus Transport Options and agreed to include in the Committee Inquiry.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety regarding the Inquiry into Better Use of Public and Community Sector Funds for the Delivery of Bus Transport Options and agreed to include in the Committee Inquiry.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister regarding the European Commission Work Programme.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from DRD regarding the Draft Disability Action Plan 2013-2016 and Five Year Review of Progress against Disability Duties.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from DRD regarding a Briefing on Ensuring a Sustainable Transport Future.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from DRD regarding Mid-Year Performance Monitoring 2012-13.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from DRD regarding a Request for legal opinions – Lennon Tribunal Case.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from DRD regarding Accessible Transport Strategy Action Plan 2012-2015 and to schedule a presentation.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from DRD regarding The Parking Places (Disabled Persons’ Vehicles) (Amendment No.7) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from DRD regarding Proposal to permit all taxis to use bus lanes.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from DRD regarding Belfast on the Move.

Agreed:  The Committee noted correspondence from DRD regarding Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Review of the Balance of Competences.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from DRD regarding Public Consultation on Proposed Changes to Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (RVAR) and Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Application for Exemption Order) Regulation (Northern Ireland) 2013. and to schedule a presentation.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Minister for Regional Development regarding Memorandums of Reply on PAC reports from the 2010-11 session.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from DRD regarding Future Railways Investment Consultation Paper.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from DRD regarding Connecting Europe Facility and Trans European Transport Network Regulation.

Agreed:  The Committee noted correspondence from DRD regarding Queries following presentation on January Monitoring Round.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from DRD regarding Penalty Charge Notice – Ms Florence Herbert.

Agreed:  The Committee noted correspondence from DRD regarding a Briefing paper on Public Transport Reform.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Belfast Education and Library Board regarding the Inquiry into Better Use of Public and Community Sector Funds for the Delivery of Bus Transport Options and agreed to include in the Committee Inquiry.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Southern Education and Library Board regarding the Inquiry into Better Use of Public and Community Sector Funds for the Delivery of Bus Transport Options and agreed to include in the Committee Inquiry.

Agreed:  The Committee noted correspondence from the North Eastern Education and Library Board regarding the Inquiry into Better Use of Public and Community Sector Funds for the Delivery of Bus Transport Options and agreed to include in the Committee Inquiry.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce regarding Presentation to Committee and to schedule a briefing.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Consumer Council regarding the Draft Forward Work Programme for Energy, Water and Transport 2013/14.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Investment Strategy Northern Ireland regarding Investing Activity Report December 2012.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Northern Ireland Assembly Legislative Strengthening Trust regarding Effective Questioning and Scrutiny Workshop.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Suggested questions to ask those briefing the Committee in relation to the Water Bill and the Inquiry.

5. Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions Briefing: Water Bill

10.45am The following representatives joined the meeting:

John Corey – Chairperson Coalition against Water Charges

Ryan McKinney – NIPSA Assistant Secretary

Manus Maguire – Community Representative

The representatives presented to the Committee in respect of the above. Following the presentation, Members put questions.

11.02am          Mr McAleer left the meeting

11.05am          Mr Dickson left the meeting

11.09am          Mr Easton joined the meeting

11.16am          The representatives left the meeting

6. Northern Ireland Water Briefing: Water Bill

11.17am The following representatives joined the meeting:

Trevor Haslett – Chief Executive

Michael Mulholland

The representatives presented to the Committee in respect of the above. Following the presentation, Members put questions.

11.17am          Mr McAleer rejoined the meeting

11.39am          Mr Dickson rejoined the meeting

11.40am          Mr Spratt left the Chair and was replaced by Mr Séan Lynch 

11.40am          Mr Spratt left the meeting

11.40am          Mr Dallat left the meeting

11.47am          Mr Spratt rejoined the meeting

11.47am          The Officials left the meeting

7. Subordinate legislation not subject to Assembly procedure

Members noted:

  • The Waiting Restrictions (John Street, Castlederg) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012
  • The Roads (Classification) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012
  • The Waiting Restrictions (Holywood) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013
  • The Waiting Restrictions (Fivemiletown) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013
  • The Parking Places, Loading Bays and Waiting Restrictions (Portadown) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013

11.47am Mr McNarry left the meeting

11.48am The meeting was suspended

1.09pm The meeting recommenced in public session with Mr Spratt in the Chair.

1.09pm Mr McCrea joined the meeting

8. CTA Briefing: The Inquiry into better use of public and community sector funds for the delivery of bus transport in Northern Ireland

1.12pm The following representatives joined the meeting:

Kellie Armstrong – Director for Northern Ireland

Stephen Wood – NI Committee Member and Independent Transport Consultant

Ian Wilson – Manager DART Partnership and NI Committee Member

The representatives presented to the Committee in respect of the above. Following the presentation, Members put questions.

1.17pm Mr Dickson rejoined the meeting

1.27pm Mr McNarry rejoined the meeting

1.50pm Mr McCrea left the meeting

1.56pm Mr Dallat left the meeting

1.57pm The Officials left the meeting

9. Easilink Briefing: The Inquiry into better use of public and community sector funds for the delivery of bus transport in Northern Ireland

1.58pm The following representatives joined the meeting:

Daniel O’Hagan – Easilink Chairperson

Mary T Conway – Easilink Vice Chairperson

Bert Wilson – Easilink Director

Paddy McEldowney – Easilink Manager

The representatives presented to the Committee in respect of the above. Following the presentation, Members put questions.

1.58pm Mr McNarry left the meeting

1.58pm  Mr Dallat rejoined the meeting

1.58pm Mr McNarry rejoined the meeting

2.04pm Mr McCrea rejoined the meeting

2.33pm Mr McNarry left the meeting

2.37pm  Mr McNarry rejoined the meeting

2.40pm The Officials left the meeting

10. Any Other Business

NONE

11. Date of the next meeting

The next meeting of the Committee will be Wednesday 16th January 2013 at 10.30am in the Senate Chamber.

2.41pm The meeting was adjourned

Mr Jimmy Spratt MLA
Deputy Chairperson, Committee for Regional Development
16/01/13

Find Your MLA

Locate your local MLA

Find MLA

News and Media Centre

Read press releases, watch live and archived video.

Find out more

Follow the Assembly

Keep up to date with what's happening at the Assembly.

Find out more

Subscribe

Enter your email address to keep up to date

Sign up