Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 24 November 2011

Venue: The Whittaker Room, Guild Hall, Londonderry

The meeting opened in public session at 11.00am.

1. Apologies

The apologies as noted.

2. Draft Minutes of Meeting Held on 17 November 2011

The Committee agreed the minutes of 17 November 2011.

3. Briefing from Derry City Council, Ilex and Culture Company 2013 Ltd

The following officials joined the meeting at 11.01am

Town Clerk and Chief Executive, Derry City Council, Ms Sharon O’Connor;
Chief Executive Officer, Ilex, Ms Aideen McGinley; and
Chief Executive, Culture Company 2013 Ltd, Ms Shona McCarthy.

The officials briefed the Committee.

Mrs Brenda Hale joined the meeting at 11.08am.

A question and answer session followed.

Agreed: The officials agreed to provide the Committee with a copy of the video bid to host the UK City of Culture in 2013.

The officials left the meeting at 12.21am.

4. Matters Arising

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the Department: for an estimate of the total cost of the Olympics to Northern Ireland; to be kept informed of the outcome to the voluntary bursary scheme and of the progress in ensuring that lottery resources are returned to Northern Ireland post 2012.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to return to the Project Initiation Document and the Terms of Reference on the Department’s review of Arm’s Length Bodies at its meeting on 8 December.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to return to the Minister’s correspondence on the opening hours of Kilkeel library at its meeting on 8 December.

Agreed: The Committee Agreed: to write to the Department to request the timeline for the completion of the Post Project Evaluation report regarding Tollymore National Outdoor Pursuits Centre; and to forward the Minister’s correspondence to Mr John McCallister MLA.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to return to the correspondence from Libraries NI on the outcome to the consultation on Stage 2 of the review into library provision at its meeting on 8 December.

The Committee noted the correspondence from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment on the Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s contribution to the Fermanagh Seaplane Festival.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to forward the correspondence from the Committee for Education and the Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment regarding briefings on the World Police and Fire Games to the Department.

Mr David Hilditch left the meeting at 12.29pm.

The Committee noted the correspondence from the Minister on legal ownership of assets.

Agreed: The Committee Agreed: to forward the correspondence from the Department on flooding onto the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development; and to await the receipt of its Service Level Agreement with the Rivers Agency before agreeing any further action.

5. Committee Inquiry into Maximising the Potential of the Creative Industries

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the Committee for Employment and Learning when written submissions are received, to outline the key issues relating to the Employment and Learning remit and provide them with an opportunity to submit a written response.

6. Correspondence

The Committee noted OFMDFM’s Investing Activity Report for the Department.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to forward the report undertaken by PEDU on Benchmarking of Retained Corporate Functions Across Northern Ireland Departments to the Department for comment; and to seek clarification on whether Arm’s Length Bodies were considered in the report.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to forward correspondence from Celtic Chrono to the Minister; and to write to the organisers of the event to express the Committee’s support.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to forward correspondence regarding the Get Set Network programme to both the Committee for Education and the Minister of Education.

The Committee noted the correspondence from NIPSA regarding the planned strike action on 30 November 2011.

The Committee noted that the following reports have been laid in the Business Office: Invest NI Disposal and Retention Schedule; and Sports Council for Northern Ireland Annual Report and Accounts for Year Ended March 2010.

7. Chairperson’s Business

The Committee noted the events attended by the Chair.

8. Forward Work Programme

The Committee agreed the changes to the Forward Work Programme.

Mr David Hilditch returned to the meeting at 12.35pm.

9. Any other business

There was no other business.

10. Date and Time of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure will take place on Thursday 01 December 2011 at 10.30am in Room 21, Parliament Buildings.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 12.36pm

Miss Michelle McIlveen MLA
Chairperson, Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure
01 December 2011

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