Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 12 June 2012

Venue: Room 29

The meeting began in public session at 12:49pm.

1. Apologies

Apologies are listed above.

2. Marine Bill – informal clause by clause consideration

The Chairperson informed members that they had been provided with a Departmental reply to issues raised during the 2nd Stage debate of the Bill.

Agreed: That any issues not already covered are incorporated into the Committee report.

Mr Elliott joined the meeting at 12:52pm.

3. Marine Bill - informal clause by clause consideration

The Committee continued the informal clause by clause consideration of the Marine Bill with discussion on issues raised by stakeholders in relation to Clauses.

The main areas of discussion were Marine Licensing and the integration and coordination of marine functions.

Agreed: In relation to clause 36, that the Department considers if the term ‘member State’ needs to be defined in the Bill.

Agreed: In relation to clause 47, that the Department forwards a copy of the amendment which will ensure the whole Bill comes into effect on Royal Assent.

Mr Weir left the meeting at 1:40pm.

Agreed: That the Department forwards a copy of the amendment which will introduce a savings provision for work done on the marine plan to date and details of the work that has been done and is likely to be done before Royal Assent.

Agreed: That the Department provides an update on the work done to date on improving co-ordination of marine functions.

Mr Campbell left the meeting at 1:53pm.

Mr Hazzard left the meeting at 1:55pm

Lord Morrow left the meeting at 1:59pm.

4. Date, time and place of next meeting

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 14 June 2012 at 10:00am in the Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 2:02pm.

Anna Lo, MLA
Chairperson, Committee for the Environment
14 June 2012

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