Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister
Welcome to the Home Page of the Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister. The Committee was established to advise and assist the First Minister, the Rt Hon Peter D Robinson MLA and the deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness MLA, on matters within their responsibilities as Ministers. The Committee undertakes a scrutiny, policy development and consultation role with respect to the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister and plays a key role in the consideration and development of legislation. The Committee Chairperson is Mr Mike Nesbitt.
Here you will find information about the Committee membership and the work of the Committee.
The Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister will meet on Monday 2 March 2015 at 1:30 pm in Room 21, Parliament Buildings when the Committee will consider, in closed session, further matters relating to the draft legislation to create a Northern Ireland Public Service Ombudsperson. The Committee will then consider its European priorities for 2015 in open session.
The Committee is scheduled to meet at Wednesday 4 March 2015 at 1:30 pm in Room 30, Parliament Buildings when the Committee will again consider matters relating to the draft Northern Ireland Public Service Ombudsperson Bill in closed session. The Committee will also consider two proposals for subordinate legislation.
The Committee will be briefed by officials from the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership/Health and Social Care Board on the Children’s Services Co-operation Bill. The Committee will also be briefed by representatives of the Victims and Survivors Service and OFMDFM officials on matters relating to victims and survivors. The Committee will then consider responses from other Statutory Committees regarding European priorities for 2015.
Forthcoming business will be published in the Business Diary.
Strategic Priorities 2014/15Legislation
- Northern Ireland Public Service Ombudsperson Bill
- The Children’s Services Co-operation Bill - Committee Stage
- Building a United Community
- Budget scrutiny
- Monitoring Rounds
- Forthcoming budget proposals
- Programme for Government
- PfG 31/32 Social Investment Fund
- PfG 33 Childcare
- PfG 67 Building a United Community
- Policy Scrutiny
- Victims and Survivors
- Children and Young Peopleo Active Ageing
- Gender Equality
- Sexual Orientation
- EU Priorities
Proposals for a Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsperson Bill
The Committee has developed policy proposals to merge and reform the offices of Assembly Ombudsman and Northern Ireland Commissioner for Complaints into a new office to be known as the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsperson. A draft bill to give effect to its proposals has been prepared and it is hoped this will be ready for introduction in the Assembly in early 2015. Click here for further information.
Contact the Committee
Committee Clerk: Kathy O'Hanlon
Room 346, Parliament Buildings,
Belfast, BT4 3XX
Tel: (028) 9052 0302
Inquiry into Building a United Community
The Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister is undertaking an Inquiry into Building a United Community.
The purpose of the inquiry is to inform the Executive’s approach in the actions it takes to tackle sectarianism, racism and other forms of intolerance; and to make recommendations in order to support and enhance policy in uniting communities and community integration, including how communities are involved in decision making.
The Inquiry will also seek to make recommendations based on the evidence gathered.
Committee Motion on Refugee Week 2014 and Community Relations Week 2014 – 16 June 2014
Committee Motion: That this Assembly notes that 16 -22 June 2014 marks both Refugee Week 2014 and Community Relations Week 2014; further notes the respective themes of ‘Shared Future’ and ‘Building a United Community’; and expresses its support for both Refugee Week and Community Relations Week, particularly in relation to their shared aim of facilitating positive encounters between diverse cultures in order to encourage greater understanding, overcome hostility and build a shared society.
The full text of the debate held on 16 June is available here.
Further information can be found here.
Inquiry into the Barroso Taskforce
At its meeting on 19 February 2014, the Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister agreed the Terms of Reference for an Inquiry into the Barroso Taskforce. The Inquiry investigated the impact of the Barroso Taskforce on Northern Ireland’s engagement on European issues and considered how the Executive engages on European affairs post-Barroso.
Visit of the Presidency of the European Economic and Social Committee
The Committee hosted a visit from the Enlarged Presidency of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 2 April 2014. The Committee met with EESC President Henri Malosse, Vice Presidents Jane Morrice and Hans-Joachim Wilms and other EESC members to discuss the role of the EU in the peace process, social cohesion and the future of the European Union.
EESC is a consultative body of the European Union and provides a formal platform for economic and social interest groups and representatives to provide views on EU issues. There are currently 344 members who are each nominated by national governments and the Presidency visited Belfast from 2-4 April 2014 at the suggestion of the EESC Vice President Jane Morrice.
Committee Visits Forthspring Inter Community Group
Committee Members visit Forthspring Inter Community Group on the Springfield Road to hear about the work they are doing with young people across the interface.