Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 27 September 2011

Venue: Room 21

The meeting opened at 3.02 p.m. in public session.

The Chairperson welcomed Mr Pat Doherty and Mrs Sandra Overend to the Committee who replace Mr Paul Maskey and Mr Mike Nesbitt respectively.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to Mr Paul Maskey and Mr Mike Nesbitt in order to thank them for their work on the Committee .

1. Apologies

As above.

2. Members’ Interests

The Committee noted details of Members’ Interests.

3. Minutes of the last meeting.

Agreed: The Committee agreed the minutes of the Committee meeting held on Tuesday 27 June 2011.

4. Matters Arising

No matters were raised.

5. Forward Work Programme

The Committee noted the Clerk’s paper in relation to the forward work programme, a letter to OFMdFM and a memo to the OFMdFM Committee.

The Chairperson updated the Committee on the outcome of a meeting that he and the Deputy Chairperson attended with the First Minister and deputy First Minister in relation to who should carry out a review of the arrangements for the appointment of the Minister of Justice.

3.06pm Mr Dickson joined the meeting.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to undertake this review.

3.07pm Mr McCartney joined the meeting.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to table a motion seeking the Assembly’s agreement to it carrying out this work.

Agreed: The Committee agreed the wording of this motion.

Agreed: The Committee agreed that secretariat staff should develop draft Terms of Reference and consultation paperwork. These items will be considered by the Committee at its meeting of 11 October, assuming that the Assembly approves the Committee’s motion on 10 October.

The Chairperson briefed the Committee on an update that was provided by the First Minister and deputy First Minister in relation to the Efficiency Review Panel.

The Committee noted correspondence from the Speaker in relation a Bill that the Secretary of State hopes to introduce in the Third Session of Parliament.

The Clerk briefed the Committee on issues relating to the draft Bill.

The Committee noted correspondence from the DUP in relation to its Forward Work Programme.

Agreed: The Committee agreed a response to the Speaker.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the Secretary of State in order to clarify a number of issues in relation to the proposed bill.

6. AOB

No items were raised

7. Date, time and place of next meeting

The next meeting of the Assembly and Executive Committee will be held on 11 October 2011.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 3.14pm.

Mr Stephen Moutray 
Chairperson, Assembly and Executive Review Committee

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