Minutes of Proceedings
Date: 28 February 2012
Venue: Room 21
The meeting opened at 3.11pm. in public session, starting with the consideration of Agenda item 4.
1. Review of Parts III and IV of the Northern Ireland Act in the Context of Reviewing the Size of the NI Assembly and the number of NI Departments
The Chairperson reminded the Committee that the purpose of this agenda item was for the Committee to consider oral evidence on its Review and also to consider a short Assembly Research briefing on ‘Electoral Boundaries in Scotland and Wales’.
The Clerk briefed the Committee on the papers before Members.
The Chairperson invited Professor Rick Wilford, Director of Legislative Studies and Practice, Queen’s University Belfast to join the meeting.
Professor Rick Wilford joined the meeting at 3.14pm.
Professor Rick Wilford briefed the Committee on his written submission on the Committee’s Review.
This was followed by a question and answer session.
The Chairperson thanked Professor Wilford for his oral evidence and attending the meeting.
Professor Rick Wilford left the meeting at 3.42pm.
The Chairperson invited Mr Ray McCaffrey, Research Officer, NI Assembly Research Services to join the meeting.
The Research Officer joined the meeting at 3.42pm.
The Research Officer briefed the Committee on his Research Paper entitled ‘Electoral Boundaries in Scotland and Wales’.
There were no questions or points of clarification from Members.
The Chairperson thanked Mr McCaffrey for his briefing and attending the meeting.
The Research Officer left the meeting at 3.48pm.
The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 3.48pm