Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: 12 June 2013

Venue: Minor Hall, Magee Campus

The meeting commenced at 2.02 p.m. in public session.

1. Apologies

Apologies as above.

2. Chair's Business

The Chairperson thanked the University of Ulster for providing the facilities to hold the Committee meeting at the Magee Campus.
The Committee agreed to hold its meeting on 11 September 2013 at the Niamh Louise offices in Dungannon in order to show its support for World Suicide Day on 10 September 2013.
The Committee noted that members had visited the Foyle Hospice that morning and agreed to return to issues arising from the visit at its next meeting.
The Committee noted that an informal meeting with NEXUS had been arranged for Tuesday 18 June 2013.
The Committee noted that a new Emergency Department at Antrim Hospital will officially open on Wednesday 19 June and agreed to visit the Emergency Department following summer recess.

3. Draft minutes of the meeting on Wednesday 5th June 2013.

The minutes of the Committee meeting on Wednesday 5th June 2013 were agreed.

4. Tobacco Retailers Bill. Evidence session with with Cancer Focus NI & NI Chest, Heart & Stroke

Mr Roy Beggs made a Declaration of Interest that his father is a local councillor.
Ms Pam Brown made a Declaration of Interest that she is a local councillor.
Ms Paula Bradley made a Declaration of Interest that she is a local councillor.
Mr Mickey Brady made a Declaration of Interest that he is Chairperson of the All Party Group on Heart Disease and Stroke.
Ms Paula Bradley made a Declaration of Interest that she is deputy Chairperson of the All Party Group on Heart Disease and Stroke.

The Committee took evidence from:
Ms Fidelma Carter Director of Public Health, NI Chest, Heart & Stroke
Mr Neil Johnston Public Affairs Adviser, NI Chest, Heart & Stroke
Mr Gerry McElwee Head of Cancer Prevention, Cancer Focus Northern Ireland
A question and answer session ensued. The Chairperson thanked the witness for attending.

2.49 p.m. meeting adjourned.
2.49 p.m. Mr Conall McDevitt left the meeting.
2.57 p.m. meeting resumed.
The Committee agreed to discuss the evidence taken on the Bill at its next meeting in closed session.

5. Evidence session on proposed legislation to amend the Health and Social Care Reform Act 2009.

The Committee took evidence from:
Mr Peter Toogood Director of Finance, DHSSPS
Mr Craig Allen Strategic Management Branch, DHSSPS
Ms Stephanie Johnston Strategic Management Branch, DHSSPS
A question and answer session ensued. The Chairperson thanked the witness for attending.

6. Consideration of Committee report on proposed Legislative Consent Motion in relation to the UK Care Bill.

The Committee agreed a report on the proposed Legislative Consent Motion in relation to the UK Care Bill.

7. Proposed Statutory Rule. The Caseins and Caseinates Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013.

The Committee agreed that it was content for the Food Standards Agency to prepare the statutory rule.

8. Proposed Statutory Rule. Condensed Milk and Dried Milk Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013.

The Committee agreed that it was content for the Food Standards Agency to prepare the statutory rule.

9. Proposed Statutory Rule. The New Firefighters' Pension Scheme (Amendment)(No.2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013

The Committee agreed that it was content for the Department to prepare the statutory rule.

10. Matters rising

The Committee noted a response from the Minister regarding Paediatric Cardiac Surgery.
The Committee noted a response from the Minister regarding the introduction of the Mental Capacity Bill to the Assembly and agreed to write to the Committee for Justice regarding this matter.
The Committee noted a response from the Minister about the availability of new psychoactive substances and agreed to copy the response to Mr McCalmont who raised this matter with it. The Committee agreed to write to the Department for further information.
The Committee noted a response from the Minister about the Delivering Social Change Framework and agreed to write to the Department for further information.
The Committee noted a response from the Minister to the Education Committee about joined-up services for children.
The Committee noted a response from the Minister to the Finance and Personnel about the Efficiency Delivery Programme.

11. Correspondence

The Committee noted a letter from the Southern Health & Social Care Trust regarding social education centres.
The Committee noted a letter from Ms Crudden regarding Ovarian Cancer.
The Committee noted an invitation from the Appleby Trust to visit its projects and agreed to defer consideration of this to its next meeting.
The Committee noted a letter from Mr Friel about funding for graduate entry medical students and agreed to refer Mr Friel to his constituency MLAs for support.

12. Forward Work Programme.

The Committee noted its Forward Work Programme.
The Committee noted that there would be an informal meeting with Jo's Cervical Trust on Wednesday 19th June 2013.
The Committee noted that it would host a visit from the Committee for Health & Children on Thursday 26th June 2013.

13. Any other Business.

The Committee agreed to write to the Department regarding the main estimates for 2013-14.
The Committee agreed to write to the Western Health & Social Care Trust regarding a MSSA outbreak at Altnagelvin hospital.

14. Date, time and place of next meeting.

The next Committee meeting will be on Wednesday 19th June 2013 at 2.00pm in the Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 3.23 p.m.

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