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Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 20 April 2010

Venue: Room 30

1.35pm The meeting commenced in public session

1.35pm Mr Elliott, the deputy Chairperson, took the Chair

1. Apologies

As above

2. Presentation: Bank of Ireland – Banking and Agriculture Industry

1.36pm The following representatives of the Bank of Ireland joined the meeting:

Mr Alan Bridle - Head of Economic & Research, Business Banking UK

Mr Fred Smyth – Director, Business Banking

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

1.42pm Mr Clarke left the meeting

Inquorate

1.45pm Mr Irwin joined the meeting

Quorate

2.07pm Mr Shannon joined the meeting

2.08pm The representatives left the meeting

3. Minutes

Agreed: The Committee agreed the Minutes of the meeting of 13 April 2010

4. Matters arising
(a) Correspondence issued

The Committee noted the correspondence issued since the meeting of 13 April 2010.

(b) Correspondence received

The Committee noted the correspondence received since the meeting of 13 April 2010.

Agreed: The Committee noted c orrespondence from the Department in respect of the Gangmasters Licensing (Exclusions) Regulations ( Northern Ireland) 2010 and agreed to progress this matter to the legislative stage.

Agreed: The Committee agreed the press release regarding the Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Clerk to the Environment Committee confirming that the Minister for the Environment has accepted an invitation from Committee to allow NIEA to present to the Committee and agreed that the Clerk of the Committee should schedule this into a forthcoming meeting.

2.09pm Mr Clarke rejoined the meeting

5. SL1: The Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes Regulation ( Northern Ireland) 2010 and
SL1: The Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Cross Compliance) (Amendment) Regulations ( Northern Ireland) 2010.

Members considered SL1:The Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes Regulation ( Northern Ireland) 2010and noted that the Ulster Farmers Union have verbally indicated that they are content with this matter.

Agreed: Members agreed that SL1:The Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes Regulation ( Northern Ireland) 2010should progress to the next legislative stage.

Members considered SL1: The Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Cross Compliance) (Amendment) Regulations ( Northern Ireland) 2010 and noted that the Ulster Farmers Union have verbally indicated that they are content with this matter.

Agreed: Members agreed that SL1: The Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Cross Compliance) (Amendment) Regulations ( Northern Ireland) 2010 should progress to the next legislative stage.

6. Presentation: DARD – Draft Action Plan on Renewable Energy

2.16pm The following departmental officials joined the meeting:

Liam McKibben – Assistant Secretary

Peter Scott – Principle Officer

Joyce Rutherford – Deputy Principle

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

2.37pm Mr Shannon left the meeting

2.39pm Mr Shannon rejoined the meeting

2.41pm The officials left the meeting

7. Presentation: DARD – Draft Business Plan 2010/2011

2.42pm The following departmental officials joined the meeting:

Gerry Lavery – Under Secretary

John Smith – Assistant Secretary

Tom Rodgers – Principal Officer

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

3.00pm Mr Clarke left the meeting

3.06pm Mr Savage left the meeting

3.21pm Mr Savage rejoined the meeting

3.21pm Mr Shannon left the meeting

3.22pm Mr Shannon rejoined the meeting

3.29pm The officials left the meeting

8. Date of the next meeting

The next Committee meeting will be on Tuesday 27 April at 12.30pm in Room 30, Parliament Buildings.

3.31pm The meeting was adjourned

Mr Ian Paisley Jnr.
Chairperson, Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development

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