Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 29 June 2011

Venue: Room 21, Parliament Buildings

The meeting commenced at 1.17pm in open session.

Chairperson’s Introduction

The Chairperson welcomed Committee Members to the third meeting of the Committee.

1. Apologies

As detailed.

2. Declaration of Interests

The Chairperson reminded Members of their obligation to declare any relevant financial or other interests before and during each Committee meeting.

3. Draft minutes of the meeting held on 8th June 2011

Agreed: The draft minutes of the meeting held on 8th June 2011 were agreed by the Committee.

4. Matters arising

There were no matters arising.

5. Register of Members’ Interests

Members noted the Clerk’s briefing note and the draft Register of Members’ Interests.

The Clerk briefed the Committee on the background to the Register of Members’ Interests.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to order the Register of Members’ Interests to print.

Agreed: The Committee agreed that the Register should be placed on the Assembly website at 4.00pm today (29 th June 2011).

Agreed: The Committee agreed the draft Press Release for issue at 4.00pm today (29 th June 2011).

6. Correspondence from the Electoral Commission

The Committee noted correspondence from the Electoral Commission.

Agreed: The Committee agreed that the Clerk should facilitate an awareness raising seminar on behalf of the Electoral Commission for Members and their staff on the legal requirements to register electoral support and political donations.

1.26pm The meeting moved into closed session.

7. Correspondence from the Interim Assembly Commissioner for Standards

Members noted correspondence from the Interim Assembly Commissioner for Standards.

8. Any other business

Agreed: The Committee agreed to delegate authority to the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson to submit views on the releasing or withholding of information in any non-routine/contentious Freedom of Information requests received during recess.

Members noted that the Chairperson will be participating in a Panel for the appointment of the Assembly Commissioner for Standards

9. Time, date and place of next meeting

The date of the next meeting will be notified to Members in due course.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 1.28pm.

Mr Alastair Ross MLA
Chairperson, Committee on Standards and Privileges
5th October 2011

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