Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 22 June 2011

Venue: Room 30, Parliament Buildings

10.30am The meeting commenced in public session

1. Apologies

As above

2. Draft Minutes

Agreed: The Committee agreed the minutes of the meeting of 15 th June 2011.

3. Correspondence

Members noted:

  • Correspondence from the Inclusive Mobility and Transport Advisory Committee (IMTAC) on blue badge misuse
  • Correspondence from the Department regarding tabling of papers (and a Committee Office response)
  • A research paper from the Assembly’s Research and Library Services on abandonment of roads and footways
  • A statement from Sir Bruce Robinson in relation to NICS disciplinary policy
  • A copy of Confederation of British Industry’s response to the Department’s consultation on the Regional Development Strategy

Agreed: The Committee agreed to consider agenda item 7 as the next item.

7. Subordinate legislation not subject to Assembly procedure

Members noted:

  • SL1: The Prohibition of Traffic (The Mount and Willowfield, Belfast) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011
  • SL1: The Parking and Waiting Restrictions (Omagh) (No.2) Order (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011
  • SL1: The One-Way Traffic (Newtownabbey) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011
  • SL1: The Waiting Restrictions (Enniskillen) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011
  • SL1: The Prohibition of Traffic (Lower Ormeau, Belfast) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

Agreed: The Committee agreed to consider agenda item 8 as the next item.

8. SL1: The Dogwood Walk Footpath, Route F1386, Craigavon (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

Mr Moutray declared an interest as a member of Craigavon Borough Council

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the Department indicating that the Committee is content with the policy merits of these proposals.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to consider agenda item 9 as the next item.

9. SL1: The Ballyblaugh Road, Newry (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the Department indicating that the Committee is content with the policy merits of these proposals.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to consider agenda item 4 as the next item.

4. Ministerial Attendance – Introductory Briefing

10.39am The Minister and following officials joined the meeting:

Danny Kennedy MLA – Minister for Regional Development 
Dr Malcolm McKibbin – Permanent Secretary, DRD 
Barney McGahan – Deputy Secretary, DRD 
John White – Director of Strategic Programmes, DRD 
Dr Andrew Grieve – Water Policy Division, DRD

The officials presented to Committee in respect of the above. Following the presentation, Members put questions.

10.47am Mr McCrea entered the meeting 
11.26am The officials left the meeting 
11.26am Mr Nesbitt left the meeting 
11.26am Mr Dickson left the meeting

5. Departmental Briefing: Review of properties not served by a water main – outcome of public consultation

11.27am The following officials joined the meeting:

Dr Andrew Grieve - Water Policy Division, DRD 
Joanne Adair - Water Policy Division, DRD

The officials presented to Committee in respect of the above. Following the presentation, Members put questions.

11.41am Mr Moutray left the meeting 
11.48am Mrs Kelly left the meeting 
11.53am The officials left the meeting

6. Departmental Briefing: New Equality Scheme – briefing on implementation for the Department

11.54am The following officials joined the meeting:

Brendan Devlin – Director of North/South Equality & Policy Coordination Directorate, DRD 
Margaret Langhammer – Head of Equality Unit, DRD

The officials presented to Committee in respect of the above. Following the presentation, Members put questions.

11.57am Mrs Kelly left the meeting 
12.05pm The officials left the meeting

10. Any Other Business

Agreed: The Committee noted a press release on today’s meeting and agreed that this should be issued.

11. Date of the next meeting

The next Committee meeting will be on Wednesday 29 June 2011 at 10.30am in Room 21, Parliament Buildings.

12.06pm The meeting was adjourned

Mr Pat Doherty MP MLA
Deputy Chairperson, Committee for Regional Development 
29 June 2011

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