Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: 22 May 2013

Venue: Room 29, Parliament Buildings

2:03 pm The meeting opened in public session.

1. Apologies

Apologies are listed above.

2. Minutes of the meeting on 15 May 2013

Agreed: Following discussion the minutes of the last meeting were agreed.

3. Matters Arising

FOI Request

The Clerk briefed the Committee on the approach taken in respect of a FOI request received relating to its inquiry on ‘PSNI: Use of Agency Staff’.

Agreed:  The Committee agreed in view of its intention to publish the correspondence with its report to reiterate that it would not disclose correspondence in advance of the report.

2:05 pm The meeting went into closed session.

4. Preparation Session on Northern Ireland Audit Office Report on ‘Collaborative Procurement and Aggregated Demand’

2:06 pm Mr Copeland and Mr Girvan entered the meeting.

2:07 pm Mr Clarke entered the meeting.

The Committee explored core issues arising from the Audit Office report in preparation for its forthcoming evidence session on 12 June 2013.

2:16 pm Mr Rogers left the meeting.

2:27 pm Mr McQuillan left the meeting.

2:47 pm Mr Copeland declared an interest stating that he is a member of the Committee for Social Development.

2:48 pm Mr Copeland and Mr Rogers left the meeting.

2:49 pm External advisers entered the meeting.

2:53 pm Mr Rogers entered the meeting.

2:54 pm Mr Copeland left the meeting.

3:25 pm Mr Girvan left the meeting.

3:28 pm Mr Copeland and Mr McIlveen left the meeting.

5. Consideration of Draft Committee Report on ‘Improving Literacy and Numeracy Achievement in Schools’

The Committee considered its draft report on ‘Improving Literacy and Numeracy Achievement in Schools’. 

Paragraphs 1 - 3 read and agreed.

3:35 pm Mr Copeland entered the meeting.

Paragraphs 4 – 7 read, amended and agreed.

Paragraph 8 read and agreed.

3:45 pm Mr McIlveen entered the meeting.

Paragraphs 9 – 11 read, amended and agreed.

3:47 pm Mr Girvan entered the meeting.

Paragraphs 12 – 16 read and agreed.

Agreed:  The Committee agreed to defer consideration of paragraphs 17 and 18 pending further clarification.

Paragraph 19 read, amended and agreed.

Paragraphs 20 and 21 read and agreed.

Paragraph 22 read, amended and agreed.

Paragraphs 23 – 25 read and agreed.

3:55 pm Mr Copeland left the meeting.

Paragraph 26 deferred for further consideration.

Paragraph 27 read and agreed; new paragraph inserted after paragraph 27, read and agreed.

Paragraphs 28 and 29 read and agreed.

4:07 pm Mr Girvan left the meeting.

Paragraphs 30 – 32 read, amended and agreed.

4:14 pm Mr Girvan entered the meeting.

4:14 pm Mr Girvan left the meeting.

Paragraph 33 read and agreed.

4:18 pm Mr McIlveen left the meeting.

The meeting was inquorate.

7. Date, time and place of next meeting

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 at 2:00 pm in Room 29, Parliament Buildings.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 4:50 pm.

Ms Michaela Boyle
Chairperson, Public Accounts Committee
29 May 2013

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