Official Report (Hansard)
Date: Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Members present for all or part of the proceedings:
Mrs Naomi Long (Deputy Chairperson)
Ms Martina Anderson
Mr Tom Elliott
Mrs Dolores Kelly
Mr Ian McCrea
Mr Barry McElduff
Mr Francie Molloy
Mr Stephen Moutray
Mr Jim Shannon
Mr Jimmy Spratt
The junior Minister (Mr Donaldson) )
The junior Minister (Mr G Kelly) ) Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister
Mr Gerry Mulligan )
Mr Michael Pollock
The Deputy Chairperson (Mrs Long):
The two junior Ministers will brief the Committee on the Executive’s response to the child poverty report and provide further information on the Lifetime Opportunities strategy. Following that briefing and questions, the junior Ministers will brief the Committee on the safeguarding children statement.
A paper has been tabled that highlights some areas on which members may want to seek further information. The members’ packs contain copies of the Executive’s response and further information and correspondence concerning the Lifetime Opportunities strategy.
I invite the junior Ministers to join us. They are accompanied by Dr Gerry Mulligan and Mr Michael Pollock. Also in attendance are the junior Ministers’ special advisers — Emma Little and Ciaran Quinn. You are welcome to this afternoon’s Committee meeting. I invite you to make an opening statement, which will be followed by questions.
The junior Minister (Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister) (Mr Donaldson):