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Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 16 November 2011

Venue: Room 29

2:02 pm The meeting opened in public session.

1. Apologies

Apologies are listed above.

2. Minutes of the meeting on 9 November 2011

Agreed: The minutes of the last meeting were agreed.

3. Matters Arising

Correspondence from the Department of Finance and Personnel

The Committee noted correspondence from Ms Fiona Hamill, Treasury Officer of Accounts providing an update to the information sought by the Committee pertaining to its previous report on ‘The Administration and Management of the Disability Living Allowance Reconsideration and Appeals Process’.

Correspondence Received re Bovine Tuberculosis Enforcement

The Committee noted correspondence from a whistleblower highlighting concerns relating to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s enforcement practices relating to Bovine Tuberculosis.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to forward the correspondence to the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development for its consideration of the policy issues raised.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to request an update from the Department on its progress on the recommendations of the Committee’s ‘The Control of Bovine Tuberculosis in Northern Ireland’ 2009 report.

Correspondence from the Northern Ireland Audit Office

The Committee noted correspondence from Mr Kieran Donnelly, Comptroller and Auditor General providing an update on the progress made with a whistleblower relating to the installation of fuel installation contract at Translink.

Correspondence from the Committee for Finance and Personnel

The Committee noted correspondence from the Clerk to the Committee for Finance and Personnel seeking a written submission to the ‘Executive’s Review of Financial Processes’.

The Committee considered and discussed briefing papers from the Clerk and from the Comptroller and Auditor General.

Agreed: The Committee agreed the basis of its response to the Committee for Finance and Personnel.

Press Release – Managing Criminal Legal Aid

The Committee considered the draft press release for its forthcoming report on ‘Managing Criminal Legal Aid’.

Agreed: The Committee agreed the press release.

2:56 pm Mr Anderson declared an interest stating that he is a current member of the Committee for Justice.

4. Draft forward work programme

The Committee considered the updated draft forward work programme for January to March 2012.

Agreed: The Committee agreed the programme and agreed to update its webpage.

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, 23 November 2011 at 2:00 pm in Room 29, Parliament Buildings.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 2:56 pm.

Mr Paul Maskey MP
Chairperson, Public Accounts Committee
23 November 2011.

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