Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 10 March 2011

Venue: Room 21, Parliament Buildings

The meeting opened in closed session at 10.33 a.m

1. Correspondence from Blue Piano Publishing

The Committee noted the memo from the Clerk and the email from Blue Piano Publishing in relation to the Northern Ireland Music Industry Strategy.

The meeting moved into open session at 10.40 a.m

2. Apologies

As above.

3. Draft minutes 9 March 2011

The Committee agreed the tabled minutes of 9 March 2011.

4. Matters arising

The Committee noted the response from DCAL in relation to February Monitoring.

The Committee noted the response from the DCAL in relation to the Museums Policy.

The Committee noted the letter from the Minister of Finance and Personnel regarding the civil service missing artworks.

Mr Burns joined the meeting at 10.44 a.m

The Committee noted the letter from the Department of Regional Development in relation to the Sport’s Inquiry.

The Committee noted the tabled letter from the Department of Employment and Learning in relation to the Sport’s Inquiry.

Agreed: The Committee agreed that departmental responses to the Sport’s Inquiry should be a legacy issue for the consideration of the new incoming Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure of the next mandate.

The Committee considered the tabled response from the Minister in relation to the North/South Language Bodies.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the Minister in relation to the legal issues surrounding North/South Language Bodies.

The Committee noted the tabled email from the Museum Curator of Newry and Mourne Museum.

5. Briefing from the Sport NI on its ‘Sport and Physical Activity Participation Survey’ (S.A.P.A.S)

The Committee noted the tabled briefing paper.

The following officials joined the meeting at 10.53 a.m

Eamonn McCartan – Chief Executive, Sport NI 
Paul Donnelly - Policy, Planning and Research Manager, SportNI

The officials briefed the Committee on the findings of the survey.

A question and answer session followed.

Mr Burns left the meeting at 11.24 a.m

Mr McCarthy left the meeting at 11.41 a.m

The officials left the meeting at 11.43 a.m.

6. Committee’s review into the Impact and Value of Museums

The meeting moved into closed session at 11.44 a.m

The Committee noted the Clerk’s memo.

The Committee considered the draft report of the Review into the Impact and Value of Museums in Northern Ireland

The Committee agreed the front cover.

The Committee agreed the Membership and Powers.

The Committee agreed the Table of Contents.

The Committee agreed the Executive Summary.

The Committee agreed the List of recommendations.

The Committee agreed the Introduction - paragraphs 1 to 9 of the report.

The Committee agreed Chapter 1 - paragraphs 10 to 26 of the report.

The Committee agreed Chapter 2 - paragraphs 27 to 58 of the report.

The Committee agreed Chapter 3 - paragraphs 59 of 83 the report.

The Committee agreed Chapter 4 - paragraphs 84 to 113 of the report.

The Committee agreed Chapter 5 – paragraphs 114 to 143 of the report.

The Committee agreed the list of abbreviations.

Question put and agreed:

‘That the Report be the fifth report of the Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee to the Assembly’

The Committee agreed that the draft report should go to print.

The Committee a greed the wording of the motion.

7. Libraries NI – Stage II consultation – ‘Meeting the Demands for a Modern Public Library Service within Northern Ireland’

The meeting moved into open session at 11.50 a.m

The Committee considered its draft response to the Libraries NI – Stage II consultation – ‘Meeting the Demands for a Modern Public Library Service within Northern Ireland’.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to forward the response to Libraries NI as amended.

8. End of session Report 2010/2011

The Committee considered the tabled End of Session report which covers the Committee’s activities and achievements for 2010/2011.

Agreed: The Committee agreed the End of session report 2010/2011.

9. Legacy Report 2007/2011

The Committee considered the tabled Legacy Report 2007/2011 which covers the Committee’s activities and achievements for 2007/2011.

Agreed: The Committee agreed the Legacy Report for 2007/2011.

10. Chairperson’s Business

The Chairperson spoke on behalf of the Committee, on the Report on Statutory Committee Activity on European Issues and the Budget debate in the Chamber this week.

The Chairperson, the deputy Chairperson, Mr Burns and Mr Sheehan met with representatives of Amateur Boxing Ireland in an informal meeting in relation to funding issues in Parliament Buildings on Tuesday 8 March 2011.

11. Correspondence

The Committee noted an invitation from the Minister to all Committee Members to attend his ‘Inspire Reception’ due to be held in Parliament Buildings on the 24 March 2011.

12. Any Other Business

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the Minister in relation to the concerns over the potential price hikes in hotel rates in London during the Olympic Games.

Mr Robinson joined the meeting at 12 noon.

13. Date and time of next meeting

The next meeting of the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure will take place on Wednesday 23 March at 1.30pm, Room 29, Parliament Buildings, Ballymiscaw, Belfast

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 12.02 p.m

Mr Barry McElduff, MLA 
Chairperson, Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure 
23 March 2011

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