Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 30 May 2012

Venue: Room 21

10.32am The meeting commenced in public session

1. Apologies

As above.

2. Chairperson’s Business

Agreed: The Committee agreed to invite the Northern Ireland Environment Agency to give evidence in respect of the Committee’s Inquiry into Un-adopted Roads in Northern Ireland.

10.33am Mr Hussey joined the meeting

3. Draft Minutes

Agreed: The Committee agreed the minutes of the meeting of 23rd May 2012.             

4. Correspondence

Members noted the correspondence received.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development and agreed to forward the letter to the Department for comment.

The Committee noted correspondence between the Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety and the Department in respect of Business in the Community.

The Committee noted correspondence between the Committee for the Environment and the Department in respect of the Marine Bill.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from Northern Ireland Water in respect of the Inquiry into Un-adopted Roads in Northern Ireland and agreed to include it in the Committee Report.

The Committee noted correspondence from the Committee noted correspondence from IMTAC in respect of its work programme for 2012/13.

The Committee noted correspondence from a member of the public in respect of Translink.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Law Society in respect of its Inquiry into Un-adopted Roads in Northern Ireland and agreed to include it in the Committee Report.

The Committee noted correspondence from Northern Ireland Electricity in respect of the disposal of surplus land at Bridge End Railway Station/Sydenham Bypass, Belfast.

5. Ministerial briefing:  EU Issues

10.36am The following Officials joined the meeting:

Danny Kennedy – Minister for Regional Development

Deborah McNeilly – Director of Finance

Déaglán Coleman – EU Co-ordinator

10.36am Mr McCrea joined the meeting

10.38am Mrs Kelly joined the meeting

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

11.12am The Officials left the meeting

6. Departmental Briefing – June Monitoring

11.13am The following Officials joined the meeting:

Deborah McNeilly – Director of Finance

Ciaran Doran – Director of Public Transport Performance Division

Stewart Barnes – Head of Financial Planning and Management Branch

Roddy Crilly – Roads Service Official

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

Agreed: Departmental Officials agreed to forward information in respect of the extent of public liability claims against Roads Service as a result of inadequately maintained carriage and footways; and information on the procurement processes used by the Department.

11.38am The Officials left the meeting

7. Departmental Briefing – A8 Dualling

11.39am The following Officials joined the meeting:

John White – Director of Strategic Programmes

Colin Hutchinson – Project Sponsor

11.40am Mr McNarry left the meeting

11.41am Mr McCrea left the meeting

11.40am Mr McNarry rejoined the meeting

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

11.47am The Officials left the meeting

8. Subordinate legislation not subject to Assembly procedure

Members noted:

  • The Traffic Weight Restriction (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012
  • The Waiting Restrictions (Londonderry) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012

9. SL1: The M3 Motorway at Titanic Quarter Railway Station, Belfast (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012

Agreed: The Committee agreed to defer consideration of the policy proposal until outstanding objections had been resolved.

10. SL1: The M2 Motorway at Whitla Street, Belfast (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012

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

11. Any other business

None

12. Date of the next meeting

The next meeting of the Committee will be Wednesday 6th June 2012 at 10.30am in Room 21.

11.53am The meeting was adjourned

Mr Pat Doherty MLA
Deputy Chairperson, Committee for Regional Development
6th June 2012

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