Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: 03 October 2012

Venue: Room 21, Parliament Buildings

10.10am The meeting commenced in open session

1. Apologies

As above.

2. Chairperson’s Business

The Chairperson thanked Mr Moutray for his contribution to the Committee and wished him all the best in his new role and welcomed Mr Easton to the Committee.

Agreed: The Committee to write to Mr Moutray thanking him for his contribution to the Committee.

3. Draft Minutes                    

Agreed: The Committee agreed the minutes of the meeting of 26th September 2012 subject to a minor amendment.  

4. Correspondence

Members noted the correspondence received.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Committee for Social Development regarding Mapping Poverty and Social Deprivation and agreed to forward to DRD for comment.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from GMB Conductors Representatives N.I.Railways regarding staffing levels at Northern Ireland Railways and agreed to forward to Translink for comment.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from Cyclist.ie regarding a submission to DRD on Proposed Changes to Taxi Access to Bus Lanes.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from Northern Ireland Water regarding the launch of 2012/13 Winter Campaign at Parliament Buildings.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from Guide Dogs for the Blind Association regarding ‘Walk a Mile in My Shoes’ on Tuesday 9th October.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from Rathlin Development & Community Association.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Department offering the Chair and Deputy Chair to meet Mr Brian Simpson MEP, Chair to the European Parliament Transport and Tourism Committee and agreed the Chair and Deputy Chair to attend.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Department regarding the Draft Aviation Policy Framework consultation workshop.

Agreed: Members agreed to take item 9 as the next agenda item.

9. Any Other Business

Agreed: The Chairperson informed members that there is a Total Transport event being held in London which is relevant to the current Committee Inquiry on integrated transport and agreed that a small delegation from the Committee, including the Chair and deputy Chair, attend the event.

Agreed: Mrs Kelly raised a point in relation to the City of Culture and members agreed to write to the Minister asking for an update on managing and planning, including transport, for the City of Culture.

10.19am The Chairperson suspended the meeting

10.21am The meeting recommenced in public session

5. Ministerial Briefing

10.21am The following Officials joined the meeting:

Danny Kennedy – Minister for Regional Development

David Orr – Finance, Resources & Water Policy Division, DRD

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

10.25am          Mr Cathal Ó hOisín joined the meeting
10.30am          Mr Ian McCrea joined the meeting
11.16am          Mr Alex Easton left the meeting
11.24am          Mr David McNarry joined the meeting
11.24am          Mr Alex Easton rejoined the meeting
11.35am          Mr Declan McAleer left the meeting
11.37am          The Officials left the meeting

6. Translink Briefing:  Railway Investment

11.39am          The following Officials joined the meeting:

Catherine Mason – Chief Executive

Philip O’Neill – Chief Operating Officer

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

11.45am          Mr Declan McAleer rejoined the meeting
11.56am          Mrs Dolores Kelly left the meeting
12.02pm          Mr Ian McCrea left the meeting
12.09pm          Mrs Dolores Kelly rejoined the meeting
12.32pm          Mr John Dallat left the meeting
12.35pm          Mr John Dallat rejoined the meeting
12.43pm          Mr Ross Hussey joined the meeting
1.09pm            The Chairperson left the meeting and the deputy Chairperson took the chair
1.10pm            Mr Alex Easton left the meeting
1.15pm            The Chairperson rejoined the meeting and took the chair
1.15pm            Mr Séan Lynch left the meeting
1.16pm            Mr David McNarry left the meeting
1.18pm            Mr Séan Lynch rejoined the meeting
1.22pm            Mr Cathal Ó hOisín left the meeting
1.24pm            Mr David McNarry rejoined the meeting
1.26pm            The Officials left the meeting
1.26pm            The Chairperson suspended the meeting d
1.50pm            The meeting commenced in open session with the following members present:

Mr Jimmy Spratt MLA

Mr Séan Lynch MLA

Mr Declan McAleer MLA

Mr David McNarry MLA

Mrs Dolores Kelly MLA

1.52pm            Mr Cathal Ó hOisín rejoined the meeting
1.53pm            Mrs Dolores Kelly left the meeting

9. Any Other Business

Agreed: Mr Lynch raised the issue surrounding an appointment to Northern Ireland Water and members agreed to write to the Minister asking why he did not appeal this decision and to write to the Commissioner for Public Appointments and the Attorney General asking for their views on this matter.

7. Engage With Age Briefing

1.54pm            The following representatives joined the meeting:

Herbie Rennie – Belfast East Seniors Forum

Nick Mehinnick – South Belfast Lifestyle Forum

James Watson – Castlereagh Lifestyle Forum

Geraldine McKee – West Belfast 50+

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

2.11pm            Mr Declan McAleer left the meeting
2.31pm            Mr Declan McAleer rejoined the meeting
2.34pm            The representatives left the meeting

8. Lisburn Road Business Association Briefing

2.35pm            The following representatives joined the meeting:

Peter Carrington – Chairman of Lisburn Road Business Association

Paul MacConaghy – Framar Health

Liam McStravick – Copius Group

Uel Weir – Paperclip Architects

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

2.37pm            Mr Lynch left the meeting
2.38pm            Mr Lynch rejoined the meeting
2.56pm The representatives left the meeting

10. Date of the next meeting

The next meeting of the Committee will be Wednesday 10th October 2012 at 10.30am in Room 21.

2.58pm The meeting was adjourned

Mr Jimmy Spratt MLA
Chairperson, Committee for Regional Development
10/10/12

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