Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: 08 January 2013

Venue: Room 29 Parliament Buildings

The meeting commenced at 1.31 pm in public session             

1. Apologies

Apologies are detailed above.

2. Chairpersons Business

The Chairperson clarified for Members that it had been agreed at the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee that voting decisions would be based on a simple majority. This was in relation to the question on the Chairperson’s 'casting vote' which had arisen at the previous meeting.

3. Matters Arising

Agreed: The amended draft minutes of the meeting held on 11th December 2012 were agreed by the Committee.

4. Consideration of Other Evidence

The Committee continued its discussion of concerns raised by written submission in relation to the Human Rights and Equality implications of the Welfare Reform Bill, particularly in the areas of DLA/PIP and Housing Benefit.

Michael Copeland joined the meeting at 1.44pm

Michael Copeland left the meeting at 2.17pm

Agreed: The Committee agreed to obtain further information and clarification from stakeholders on a number of points raised.

Agreed: The Committee agreed that all submissions received should be published on the Assembly website.

Paula Bradley left the meeting at 2.25pm

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the First Minister and deputy First Minister to bring to their attention the lack of response from the Equality Unit to the Committee’s request for oral and written briefings.

Paula Bradley re-joined the meeting at 2.40pm

Colum Eastwood left the meeting at 2.41pm

5. Forward Work Programme

Noted: The Committee noted the forward work programme.

6. Any Other Business

There was no other business. 

7. Time, date and place of next meeting

The next meeting of the Committee will be held on Monday, 14th January 2013 in Room 29 at 2.30pm.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 2.42pm.

Mr Trevor Lunn MLA
Chairperson, Ad Hoc Committee on Conformity of Equalities Requirements, Welfare Reform Bill
Monday 14th January 2013

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