Press Release

Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure meets for the first time

Session: 2006/2007

Date: Wednesday, 17 May 2006

Reference: CAL01/07

Mr Barry McElduff, Chairperson of the Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee welcomed members to the first meeting today.

He said:
“I am very pleased to announce the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure met with the Minister and senior officials of the Department today and discussed the future key issues facing the Department over the coming months. We discussed a wide range of subjects at the meeting including the plans for the multi-sports stadium, the proposed Strategy for Sport, funding for the arts and cultural activities, the future of libraries, angling and waterways, and language issues.

“The remit of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure is such that it touches the lives of everyone in this society. The Committee looks forward to working closely with the Department on all of the aspects of its work.”

The Committee agreed its Forward Work Programme, including a series of introductory briefings from the Department and other organisations, up to the summer recess.

The Committee will next meet on 24 May 2006 at 10.30am.

Notes to Editors:

The Chairperson of the Committee is Mr Barry McElduff. 
The Deputy Chairperson is Mr David McNarry 
The Committee has a further nine members – Mr Dominic Bradley 
Mr Francie Brolly 
The Lord Browne 
Mr David Burnside 
Mr Paul Maskey 
Mr Kieran McCarthy 
Mr Nelson McCausland 
Mr Pat Ramsey 
Mr Jim Shannon

The Clerk to the Committee is - Linda Gregg 
Committee Office 
Northern Ireland Assembly 
Room 424 Parliament Buildings 
BT4 3XX 
Telephone: 028 90 521841 
Fax: 028 90 521355 
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