Keep up to date with all the latest goings on, visits and inquiries of the Committees.
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will next meet on Tuesday 15 March. During the meeting the Committee will receive a briefing from NI Shows Association in relation to the funding of regional Agriculture Shows. The Department will brief the Committee on its Customer Channel Strategy Consultation and the Committee will discuss important subordinate legislation.
At its next meeting on Wednesday 23 March 2011, the Committee for the Office of the First Minister and the deputy First Minister will receive Departmental briefings on the Play and Leisure Implementation Plan , the Programme for Government Delivery Report and on Cross – Departmental Gender Equality Action Plans.
On Monday 21 March, the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure will engage with 30 school children from Carnlough Primary Schools to Parliament Buildings. The Primary 7 pupils will meet members of the Committee and recite poetry based on the importance of their local Library.
On Tuesday 22 March, the Committee will visit and tour the new facilities of the Public Records Office (PRONI) in the Titanic Quarter. At its weekly meeting on Wednesday 23 March, the Committee will launch its Review into Value and Impact of Museums in Northern Ireland and hear evidence from residents of Greystone and Fintona on the possible closures of their libraries.
At its meeting on Monday 14 March 2011 the Committee finalised the Report on its Inquiry into ‘Successful Post-Primary Schools Serving Disadvantaged Communities’ and ordered it to be printed. An Assembly debate on the Committee’s Inquiry Report has been scheduled for Monday 21 March 2011.
At its meeting on Wednesday 16 March 2011, the Committee will receive a briefing from senior Department of Education officials on the final Education Budget 2011-2015.
The Committee for Employment and Learning will next meet on Wednesday 16 March 2011. The Committee will receive a briefing from Departmental officials on the composition of the £51m additional budget allocation that the Department will receive over the next four years. Additionally the Committee will hear from Queen’s University on the possible impact the DEL budget will have on its staffing and course provision.
The Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment will hold its next meeting on Monday 21 March 2011, when Members will finalize the Committee’s End of Mandate Report and consider subordinate legislation.
At its next meeting on Wednesday 23 March 2011, the Committee for the Environment will consider Taxi Operator Licensing, Planning Fee Regulations and exemptions to Goods Vehicle Operator Licensing.
The Committee for Finance and Personnel will next meet for the final time in this mandate on Monday 21 March. Between 12.30pm-1.10pm the Committee will meet in closed session, to agree the draft report on Budget Scrutiny Inquiry; Committee Legacy Report; and Committee End of Session Report.
After 1.10pm, the will go into public session when the Committee will discuss proposals for secondary legislation: SL1: The Land Registration (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2011; SL1: The Land Registration (Electronic Communications) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011; and SL1: The Cross-Border Mediation Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011.
The Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety will meet on Monday 21 March to take evidence on the Health and Personal Social Services (Superannuation), Health and Social Care (Pensions Scheme) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011.
The Committee will also discuss the following subordinate legislation:
- SR 2011/55: The Misuse of Drugs (Licence Fees) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011
- SR 2011/86: The Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011
- Proposed Statutory Rule: The Recovery of Health Services Charges (Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011
The Committee for Justice will hold its next meeting on Wednesday 23 March 2011, when members will receive a briefing from the Department of Justice on the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.
Members will also receive a briefing from departmental officials and Organised Crime Taskforce Agency representatives from the PSNI, the Serious Organised Crime Agency and HM Revenue and Customs on Organised Crime issues in Northern Ireland.
The Committee for Regional Development will hold its next meeting on Wednesday 16 March 2011, when members will consider both the Committee’s Legacy Report and its End of Session Report.
Members will also consider and discuss the Report on Regional Development: Key issues and future challenges stakeholder events which will include Gateways and Connectivity, Transport and Accessibility and Water and Sewerage Services.
In addition, Members will give further consideration to the Sustainable Transport Inquiry Report.
At its next meeting on Monday 21 March 2011, the Committee for Social Development will consider its report on the Carer’s Allowance Bill. The Committee will also consider its Legacy and End of Session Reports. Members will also review a number of statutory rules.
At its next meeting on Tuesday 22 March 2011, the Assembly and Executive Review Committee will review both the arrangements for the appointment and removal of judicial office holders and of Ministerial arrangements in the Department of Justice.
Members will also consider and agree the Committees’ End of Session Report and its Legacy Report.
The Public Accounts Committee will hold its next meeting on Thursday 10 March 2011, when Members will consider the Committee’s Draft Report on Improving Adult Literacy and Numeracy.
The Committee for Standards and Privileges will next meet on Wednesday 02 March when it will discuss Review of Privilege as well as correspondence from the Interim Assembly Commissioner for Standards.