MINUTES OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE SIXTY FIFTH MEETING OF THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE IN ROOM 135, PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS ON TUESDAY 9 OCTOBER 2001
Mr D Kennedy (Chairman)
Mr S Wilson (Deputy Chairman)
Mr O Gibson
Mr K Robinson
Mr T Hamilton
Mr G McHugh
Mrs E Bell
Mrs P Lewsley
Mr J Fee
Mrs C Darrah
Mrs V Artt
Miss P Bradley
Ms C Angelone
Ms Gillian Kane ( Assembly Research Directorate )
The Committee met at 10.15 am in private session.
1.Minutes of the Meeting of 4 October 2001
The minutes of the meeting of 4 October 2001 were agreed.
2.Report on the Review of Post-Primary Education
(i)The Committee noted the comments received from the Committee for Education and Learning and the Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment on recommendations in the Report relating to their remit.
(ii)The final draft of the Committee's Report was read paragraph by paragraph:
Introduction - Paragraphs 1.1 to 1.4 read and agreed
The Context - Paragraphs 2.1 to 2.3 read and agreed
Review of the Evidence - Paragraphs 3.1 to 3.3 read and agreed
Paragraphs 3.4 to 3.9 read and agreed
Consideration of the Key Issues - Paragraphs 4.1 to 4.5 read and agreed
Paragraphs 4.6 to 4.8 read and agreed
Conclusions -Paragraphs 5.1 to 5.5 read, amended and agreed
Recommendations - Paragraph 6.1 read, amended and agreed
Paragraph 6.2 read, amended and agreed
Paragraphs 6.3 read and agreed
(iii)The Committee agreed that information on the Committee office and the Assembly researchers who had worked on the Report should be included.
(iv)The Committee agreed -
"That the Report should be the First Report of the Committee for Education to the Assembly and that it should be printed."
(v)The Committee agreed the wording of a Motion to be tabled in the Business Office for a debate in the Assembly.
(vi)The Committee discussed and agreed the printing and publishing schedule for the Report and the possible timing of the debate. The Committee also agreed that advance copies of the Report should be provided to the Minister of Education and the Chairman of the Review Body and sent to the media prior to the debate.
(vii)The Committee agreed that copies of the Report should be sent to each of the organisations and individuals who had submitted evidence to the Committee.
(viii)The Committee agreed that copies of the Report should be available on request in other mediums such as Irish Language, Ulster Scots, large print, braille, etc. and instructed the Clerk to inform the Printed Paper Office.
3.Consideration of the Department of Education's Bids for Executive Programme Funds
Information on the bids submitted by the Department of Education for Executive Programme Funds had been circulated. The Committee agreed to defer consideration of the matter until the meeting scheduled for 11 October 2001.
4.Date and time of next meeting
The next meeting of the Committee was scheduled for Thursday 11 October at 10.15 am in Room 135, Parliament Buildings.
The meeting adjourned at 1.20 pm.