Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 15 June 2011

Venue: Room 29

2:00 pm The meeting opened in public session.

1. Apologies

Apologies are listed above.

2. Minutes of the meeting on 1 June 2011

Agreed:The minutes of the last meeting were agreed.

3. Evidence on the NI Audit Office Report ‘Reducing Water Pollution from Agricultural Sources – The Farm Nutrient Management Scheme’ .

The Committee took oral evidence on the above report from:

  • Mr Gerry Lavery, Accounting Officer, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD);
  • Mr John Smith, Finance Director, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD);
  • Mr Brian Ervine, Head of Environmental Policy, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD);
  • Mr Michael Brennan, Head of Central Expenditure Division, Central Finance Group, Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP); and
  • Mr Stephen Fay, District Valuer, Land and Property Services, Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP).

2:50 pm Mr Dallat left the meeting.

2:55 pm Mr Dallat entered the meeting.

3:10 pm Mr Copeland left the meeting.

3:12 pm Mr Copeland entered the meeting.

3:17 pm Mr Girvan entered the meeting.

3:35 pm Mr McLaughlin left the meeting.

3:37 pm Mr McLaughlin entered the meeting.

3:54 pm Ms McCann left the meeting.

3:56 pm Mr Girvan left the meeting.

3:59 pm Mr Girvan entered the meeting.

4:00 pm Mr Frew left the meeting.

4:01 pm Mr McLaughlin left the meeting.

4:10 pm Ms McCann entered the meeting.

4:13 pm Mr Frew and McLaughlin entered the meeting.

4:14 pm Mr Easton left the meeting.

4:35 pm Mr McLaughlin entered the meeting.

The witnesses answered a number of questions put by the Committee.

Agreed:The Committee agreed to request further information from the witnesses.

4. Evidence on the Public Accounts Committee report on ‘Excess Votes (Northern Ireland) 2009-2010’ .

The Committee took oral evidence on the above report from:

  • Mr Gerry Lavery, Accounting Officer, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD);
  • Mr John Smith, Finance Director, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD);
  • Mr Michael Brennan, Head of Central Expenditure Division, Central Finance Group, Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP); and

4:45 pm Mr McLaughlin left the meeting.

4:46 pm Mr Girvan left the meeting.

4:54 pm Mr Copeland left the meeting.

4:56 pm Mr Copeland entered the meeting.

5:00 pm Mr Girvan entered the meeting.

The witnesses answered a number of questions put by the Committee.

7. Any other business.

Mr Dallat raised concerns regarding recent correspondence from Sir Bruce Robinson, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

Agreed: The Committee agree to receive further advice before agreeing its next course of action.

8. Date, time and place of next meeting

Agreed:The Committee agreed to begin its next meeting at the earlier time of 1.00 pm.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 22 June 2011 at 1:00 pm in room 144.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 5:20 pm.

Mr Paul Maskey
Chairperson, Public Accounts Committee
22 June 2011.

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