Research Papers 2015

Synopsis: Below you will find a list of Committee for Finance and Personnel research papers published during 2015

Disciplinary procedures and the role of lay persons and professional members in selected non-legal professions

- Date: 18/12/2015

This briefing paper has been written in response to a request from the Committee for Finance and Personnel regarding the arrangements within non-legal professions in terms of best practice relating to the role of lay persons and professional members of disciplinary or complaints committees. Professions examined in this briefing paper include accountancy, medicine and social care.

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A Comparative Perspective on Public Procurement Requirements: social, environmental and economic

- Date: 18/12/2015

This Briefing Paper supplements RaISe Paper NIAR 925-13. It provides a comparative perspective to the use of public contracts to address ancillary objectives of government when securing works, supplies or services, such as social, environmental, or economic considerations.

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NAMA’s Sale of the Property Loan Portfolio in Northern Ireland - Timeline (Revised)

- Date: 13/10/2015

A key responsibility of the Assembly’s Committee for Finance and Personnel (the CFP) is to scrutinise matters relating to finance and the economy in Northern Ireland (NI). Since July 2015, there has been an on-going CFP review into the sale of the property loan portfolio in NI by the Republic of Ireland’s (RoI) National Asset Management Agency (NAMA). To facilitate its review, the CFP commissioned the Assembly’s Research and Information Service (RaISe) to compile a timeline regarding the sale of the NI portfolio, and then agreed it would be published.

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Departmental financial forecasting 2011-12 to 2014-15

- Date: 22/06/2015

To facilitate committees in their scrutiny role, this paper aims to assess departmental forecasting performance in 2014-15, when compared to the three previous years.

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The accuracy of financial forecasting by Northern Ireland departments 2011-12 to 2013-14

- Date: 16/06/2015

This paper presents an analysis of Northern Ireland departments’ financial forecasting performance for the years 2011-12 to 2013-14. It aims to assess whether performance improved in 2013-14, when compared to the two previous years and thereby further facilitate committees in their scrutiny role.

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Rating Online Retailers in Northern Ireland: preliminary considerations

- Date: 26/05/2015

This briefing gives an overview of issues relating to the charging of non-domestic rates to online retailers in Northern Ireland.

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Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill: Key Provisions and Considerations

- Date: 20/03/2015

This Briefing Paper is compiled for the Committee for Finance and Personnel, to inform its discussion and debate about the Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill, which is currently progressing through the House of Lords.

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Implementation of social clauses policy in Northern Ireland

- Date: 17/02/2015

This Briefing Paper presents information in relation to the implementation of social clauses by Northern Ireland departments. It also gives some information about developments related to the use social clauses in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

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