Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: 13 March 2013

Venue: The Senate Chamber

2:04 pm The meeting opened in public session.

1. Apologies

Apologies are listed above.

2:05 pm Mr Girvan entered the meeting.

2. Minutes of the meeting on 6 March 2013

Agreed: The minutes of the last meeting were agreed.

3. Matters Arising

The Chairperson advised that plenary business scheduled for Tuesday 19 March had an impact on members' availability to travel.
Agreed: The Committee agreed to postpone its visit to the Welsh Assembly until the summer term.

2:06 pm Mr McKay entered the meeting.

4. Evidence on the Northern Ireland Audit Office Report 'Literacy and Numeracy Achievement in Schools'.

2:07 pm Mr McLaughlin declared an interested stating the he is the Assembly Private Secretary to the Minister of Education and would therefore withdraw from participating in the inquiry.

2:07 pm Mr McLaughlin left the meeting.

2:07 pm Mr McQuillan declared an interest stating that he is a member of the Board of Governors for Cullycapple Primary School and Carhill Integrated Primary School.

2:07 pm Mr Copeland declared an interest stating that he is a member of the Board of Governors for Braniel Primary School.

2:07 pm Mr Clarke declared an interest stating that he is a member of the Board of Governors for Randalstown Primary School, Cravery Primary School and Groggan Primary School.

2:07 pm Mr Girvan declared an interest stating that he is a member of the Board of Governors for Ballyclare Secondary School.

2:07 pm Mr Rogers declared an interest stating that he is a member of the Board of Governors for Grange Primary School.

2:07 pm Ms Boyle and Mr Rogers declared an interest each stating that they are current members of the Committee for Education.

2:07 pm Mr Clarke declared an interest stating that he was a former member of the North East Education Board.
The Committee took oral evidence on the above report from:
Mr Paul Sweeney, Accounting Officer, Department of Education (DE);
Ms Noelle Buick, Chief Inspector, Education and Training Inspectorate, Department of Education (DE);
Mr David Hughes, Director of Curriculum, Qualification and Standards; and
Ms Karen McCullough, Principal Officer, Standards and Improvements Team.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write for follow-up information after the session.

2:48 pm Mr McKay left the meeting.
2:52 pm Mr McKay entered the meeting.
3:00 pm Mr Copeland left the meeting.
3:24 pm Mr Dallat left the meeting.
3:29 pm Mr McQuillan left the meeting.
3:30 pm Mr McQuillan entered the meeting.
3:31 pm Mr Dallat entered the meeting.
3:41 pm Mr McKay left the meeting.
3:48 pm Mr Clarke left the meeting.
4:02 pm Mr Clarke entered the meeting.
4:17 pm Mr Rogers left the meeting.
4:20 pm Mr Girvan left the meeting.
4:23 pm Mr Girvan and Mr Rogers entered the meeting.
4:49 pm Mr Rogers left the meeting.
5:06 pm Mr McQuillan left the meeting.
5:08 pm Mr McQuillan entered the meeting.
5:09 pm Mr McQuillan left the meeting.
5:10 pm Mr McQuillan entered the meeting.
5:13 pm Mr Dallat left the meeting.
5:15 pm Mr Dallat entered the meeting.
5:27 pm Mr McQuillan left the meeting.
The witnesses answered a number of questions put by the Committee.

5:32pm The meeting went into closed session.

5. Any other business

There was no other business.

6. Date, time and place of next meeting

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 at 2:00 pm in Room 29, Parliament Buildings.
The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 5:39 pm.

Ms Michaela Boyle
Chairperson, Public Accounts Committee
20 March 2013.

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