Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 30 September 2010

Venue: Room 21, Parliament Buildings

The meeting opened in public session at 10.36a.m.

Members were advised that the session from the Department on Stadia Development and the session from the National Museums Northern Ireland on the impact of the proposed spending and savings plans would be covered by Hansard.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to allow television coverage during the briefing session with the Department on Stadia Development.

1. Apologies

The apologies are noted above.

2. Draft Minutes of 23 September 2010

Agreed: The Committee agreed the minutes of the Committee meeting of 23 September 2010.

3. Matters Arising

Agreed: The Committee agreed to request a briefing, via the Justice Committee, on the clauses relating to the sports law and spectator controls, which will be contained in the Justice Bill.

The Committee considered the tabled Clerk’s report on an informal meeting with the Construction Employers Federation and the Chairperson held in Parliament Buildings on 29 September 2010 and a Construction Employers Federation report entitled ‘State of the Construction Industry in Northern Ireland’, also tabled.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to invite the Federation to orally brief the Committee on the issues raised at the informal meeting.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to forward the two reports to the Committee for Finance and Personnel for its consideration.

The Committee considered the response from the Minister in relation to the funding of Special Olympics Ulster.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the Minister for an update on the Department’s position regarding the Special Olympics Ulster and details on Departmental responses.

4. Departmental briefing on stadia development

The Committee noted the departmental briefing paper, DCAL’s current spending bid for Stadia Development and the Committee office memo.

The following representatives joined the meeting:

Edgar Jardine, Deputy Secretary – DCAL

Colin Watson, Head of Sports Branch – DCAL

Nick Harkness, Director of Participation and Facilities – Sport NI

The representatives made an opening statement.

A question and answer session followed.

Mr McCartney left the meeting at 11.23am.

Mr Burns left the meeting at 11.29am.

Lord Browne left the meeting at 11.35am.

Mr Burns rejoined the meeting at 11.39am.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to IFA requesting that they brief the Committee on the issues relating to the governance of the Association.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the Minister requesting flexibility on the rules requiring that all three stadiums must be approved for the stadia development project to proceed.

Agreed: The Committee also agreed to write to the Department requesting a breakdown of proposed budget allocations for stadia development for the three sports governing bodies over the next four years.

5. Draft Terms of Reference for an inquiry into Arm’s Length Bodies

The Committee considered the Clerk’s memo on the draft terms of reference.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to amend the draft terms of reference for consideration at next week’s meeting.

Agreed: The Committee agreed that the Clerk would prepare a paper on the Department’s progress in relation to the Committee’s recommendations on arms length bodies arising from the Review of the Management of NIEC and ALBs.

Mr McClarty left the meeting at 11.37am.

Mr McClarty rejoined the meeting at 11.44am.

6. Chairperson’s Business

Members were advised that the Chairperson will attend the ice hockey match- Boston Bruins versus Belfast Giants Select on the evening of Saturday 2 October 2010 in the Odyssey Arena.

Members were advised that the Chairperson attended the All Ireland Ladies Gaelic Football finals in Croke Park, Dublin.

7. Correspondence

The Committee noted thattwo reports were placed in Members’ pigeonholes on Monday 28 September 2010:

  • North/South Language Body Annual Report and Accounts for year end 31/12/06, and;
  • Armagh Observatory and Planetarium Annual Report and Accounts for year end 31 March 2010.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the Department to ask what steps are being taken to ensure that arms lengths bodies do not delay the publication of their annual report and accounts.

8. Briefing from National Museums NI (NMNI) regarding the impact of the spending and savings plans

The Committee noted the NMNI briefing paper.

The following representatives joined the meeting:

Tim Cooke, Director & Chief Executive – NMNI

Jude Helliker, Director of HR & Organisational Development - NMNI

Gillian McLean, Director of Marketing Communications & Trading - NMNI

The representatives made an opening statement.

Mr Burns left the meeting at 12.19pm.

A question and answer session followed.

Agreed: To request a copy of the terms of reference on the post evaluation of the Ulster Museum.

10. Forward Work Programme

The Committee noted the Forward Work Programme.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the Department to request an oral briefing on initiatives and progress towards the provision of pre-game training camps for the 2012 Olympics.

Agreed: The Committee agreed that next week’s briefing session from the Ulster Angling Federation on the winding up of the Fisheries Conservancy Board would be recorded by Hansard .

11. Any other business

There was no other business.

12. Date and time of the next meeting

The next meeting of the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure will take place on Thursday 7 October 2010 at 10.30 a.m. in Room 21, Parliament Buildings.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 12.41pm

Mr Barry McElduff 
Chairperson, Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure 
30 September 2010

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