Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: 24 April 2013

Venue: The Senate Chamber

2:07 pm The meeting commenced in closed session.

Consideration of Draft Committee Report on 'Invest NI: A Performance Review'

The Committee gave consideration to a second draft of sections of its report on 'Invest NI: A Performance Review'.

Paragraphs 43 – 45 read and agreed
Recommendation 6 read and agreed.
Paragraphs 47 - 48 read and agreed.
Recommendation 8 read, amended and agreed.

Agreed: The Committee ordered the report to be printed.

2:15 pm The meeting commenced in open session.

1. Apologies

Apologies are listed above.

2. Minutes of the meeting on 17 April 2013

Agreed: The minutes of the last meeting were agreed.

3. Matters Arising

There were no matters arising.

2:15 pm Mr Copeland left the meeting.

2:17 pm Mr McKay declared an interest stating the he was a former member for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.

4. Evidence on the Northern Ireland Audit Office Report 'Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service: An Organisational Assessment and Review of Departmental Oversight' and C&AG's report on NIFRS Accounts 2011-12.

The Committee took oral evidence on the above report from:

Dr Andrew McCormick, Accounting Officer, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS);

Ms Julie Thompson, Senior Finance Director and Deputy Secretary, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS);

Mr Jim Wallace, Interim Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS); and

Mr Peter Craig, Former Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS).

2:57 pm Mr McKay left the meeting.
2:58 pm Mr McKay entered the meeting.
4:18 pm Mr Douglas and Mr Girvan left the meeting.
4:18 pm The meeting was suspended.
4:31 pm The meeting recommenced in public session.
4:37 pm Mr Dallat left the meeting.
4:39 pm Mr Dallat entered the meeting.
4:58 pm Mr Rogers left the meeting.
5:16 pm Mr McKay left the meeting.
5:18 pm McKay entered the meeting.
5:31 pm Mr Dallat left the meeting.
5:32 pm Mr Dallat entered the meeting.

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

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

6:05 pm 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, 1 May 2013 at 2:00 pm in Room 29, Parliament Buildings.
The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 6:15 pm.

Ms Michaela Boyle
Chairperson, Public Accounts Committee
1 May 2013.

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