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OP 28-08/09 Marshalled


Item 4: Order Paper 28 08/09 – 19 January 2009

Private Members’ Business - Motions

Motion – Reducing the Number of Government Departments

That this Assembly recognises the importance of ensuring that the maximum amount of public spending is directed at frontline services; and calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to bring forward proposals to reduce the number of government Departments.

[Mr S Hamilton]
[Mr P Weir]
[Mr I Paisley Jnr]

The Speaker has selected the following amendment(s) for debate:

Amendment 1: Leave out all after ‘services;’ and insert:

‘notes that the Assembly & Executive Review Committee (AERC) has unanimously agreed that issues around efficiency and the number of government Departments would be part of its programme of work and asks that the AERC addresses such issues; agrees to establish a new Assembly standing committee to focus on controlling the cost of government; calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to review and report on the administrative savings to be achieved from the various measures and proposals associated with the Review of Public Administration; and to bring forward proposals to the Executive and the AERC to streamline management and reduce overheads of government Departments including options for more shared services and policy support, reducing tiers of bureaucracy, reconfiguring Departments and reducing their number.’

[Mr M Durkan]
[Dr A McDonnell]
[Mrs D Kelly]