Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: 31 January 2013

Venue: Board Room, Culture Company Offices, Ebrington

The meeting opened in public session at 10.46am.

1. Apologies

The apologies are noted above.

2. Draft Minutes of the Meeting held on 24 January 2013 and 29 January 2013

The Committee agreed the draft minutes of 24 January 2013 and 29 January 2013.

3. Matters Arising

Agreed: The Committee agreed to follow up on any outstanding correspondence due on or before 28 December 2012.

Mr Oliver McMullan joined the meeting at 10.47am.

The Committee noted correspondence from OFMDFM advising that it was unable to host a reception for Mr Jeff Balmer during the Japanese Amassador's visit.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to explore the possibility of hosting a number cultural events this session following the success of the launch of the Chinese Art Exhibition.

The Committee noted correspondence from the Minister of Education outlining his Department's investment for sport in schools.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the Northern Ireland School's Football Association to update them on the Committee's actions since receiving its correspondence outlining its challenges in promoting football in schools.

The Committee noted the correspondence from the Minister of Education commenting on NSPCC recommendations on Child Protection and Safeguarding.

The Committee noted correspondence from the Arts Council providing its initial concept of a musical instrument donation event.

The Committee noted correspondence from IABA acknowledging receipt of the Committee's correspondence.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to Sandy Row Amateur Boxing Club outlining the Committee's actions since the Club's briefing to the Committee in September 2012.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to forward correspondence from the Department onto the Education Committee for its consideration of the Education Bill.

Mr William Humphrey joined the meeting at 10.52am.

The Committee noted tabled correspondence from the Department responding to the Committee's queries on the underspend for the UK City of Culture programme.

4. Briefing from DCAL on Committee's Investigation into Gaps in Child Protection and Safeguarding Across the Culture, Arts and Leisure Remit

The following officials joined the meeting at 10.54am:

Director of Finance and Corporate Services, Ms Deborah Brown; and
Equality Officer, Damian Brady.

The officials briefed the Committee.

Mrs Karen McKevitt joined the meeting at 11.08am.

A question and answer session followed.

Mr William Irwin joined the meeting at 11.17am.
Agreed: Officials agreed to provide a written briefing to the Committee on its oral submission.

The officials left the meeting at 11.33am.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to NILGA for its assessment of the procedures and practices for child protection and safeguarding across local Councils.

5. Correspondence

The Committee noted the correspondence from the Department of Finance and Personnel regarding all government departments' Forecast Outturn Reports.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to forward the correspondence from the Committee for Employment and Learning regarding the site at the former Erne Hospital onto the Department and Libraries NI.

6. Chairperson's Business

The Committee noted details of culture events scheduled throughout the Irish EU Presidency.

The Committee noted the Press Release from the European Investment Bank Institute and Europa Nostra on the launch of the new flagship programme 'The 7 Most Endangered'.

The Committee noted the invite from the Employment and Learning Committee on the University of Ulster's Stormont Showcase.

The Committee noted the tabled press release from the European Commission, announcing that IFA's 'Football for All' project will be presented at an EU Conference.

7. Forward Work Programme

Agreed: The Committee agreed changes to the Forward Work Programme.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to schedule a briefing from the Ulster Clay Pigeon Shooting Association onto the Forward Work Programme.

8. Any other business

There was no other business.

The Committee moved into closed session at 11.41am.

9. Correspondence

The Committee noted correspondence from the Minister regarding the potential impact that Savings Delivery Plans would have on jobs.

10. Consideration of Draft Report of Inquiry into Maximizing the Potential of the Creative Industries

The Committee discussed the draft recommendations.

Mr David Hilditch left the meeting at 11.48am.

Mr David Hilditch returned to the meeting at 12.03pm.

Mr David Hilditch left the meeting at 12.12pm.

Agreed: The Committee agreed that the Clerk would make the suggested amendments to the recommendations for further consideration.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to meet on Tuesday 5 February at 10.30am to discuss the Committee Inquiry report.

11. Date and Time of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure will take place on Tuesday 5th 2013, Parliament Buildings.

The Committee adjourned at 12.29pm.

Miss Michelle McIlveen MLA
Chairperson, Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure
07 February 2013

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