Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: 22 November 2012

Venue: Room 29, Parliament Buildings

The meeting was declared open to the public at 10.06am.

1. Apologies

Apologies were as indicated above.

2. Draft Minutes of Meetings 13, 14 & 15 November 2012

Agreed:  The minutes of the meetings held on 13, 14 and 15 November 2012 were agreed.

3. Chairpersons Business

The Chairperson carried forward an overview of the meeting he had with the Minister on Thursday 15 November 2012 until the next Committee meeting.

Mr Michael Copeland and Ms Paula Bradley joined the meeting at 10.08am

The Chairperson advised Members that the Department had been in contact with   regards to Lord Freud’s visit next week.

Agreed:  The Committee agreed to meet informally with Lord Freud on Wednesday 28 November 2012 

4. Proposed Subordinate Legislation

The Committee considered the following proposed subordinate legislation:

The Occupational Pensions (Revaluation) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012.

Agreed:  The Committee agreed for the Rule to be made.

5. Statutory Rules

5.1 The Committee considered the following statutory rule:

The Licensing (Irresponsible Drinks Promotions) Regulations (Northern Ireland)       2012

Question put and agreed:

“That the Committee for Social Development has considered SR The Licensing (Irresponsible Drinks Promotions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 and subject to the Examiner of Statutory Rules’ Report, recommends that it be affirmed by the Assembly”.

5.2 The Committee considered the following statutory rule:

The Registration of Clubs (Irresponsible Drinks Promotions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012

Question put and agreed:

“That the Committee for Social Development has considered SR The Registration of Clubs (Irresponsible Drinks Promotions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 and subject to the Examiner of statutory Rules’ Report, recommends that it be affirmed by the Assembly”.

5.3 The Committee noted the following Commencement Order:

The Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) (2011 Act) (Commencement No 4) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012

6. Correspondence

Agreed:  The Committee agreed a draft letter to the Department regarding the Trinity Housing Group

Agreed:  The Committee agreed a draft response to a Member of the public.

Members were content for the remaining items of correspondence to be dealt with as per the correspondence memo.

7. Welfare Reform Bill

The Chairperson reminded Members that the Committee was previously informed that the Committee’s formal consideration of the Welfare Reform Bill must cease as a result of the establishment of an ad hoc committee.  The Chairperson expressed some concern about the perceived lack of clarity in respect of this issue.

Agreed:  The Committee agreed to discuss draft amendments and any Departmental response at next week’s meeting. 

Mr Michael Copeland left the meeting at 10.22am

8. Forward Work Programme

The Committee noted the Forward Work Programme

9. Any Other Business

There was no other business.

10. Date, time and place of next meeting

The next meeting will take place at 09:30am on Wednesday 28 November 2012 in Room 144 Parliament Buildings.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 10.25pm.

Mr Alex Maskey
Chairperson, Committee for Social Development.
29 November 2012

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