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AD HOC COMMITTEE - FINANCIAL INVESTIGATIONS (NI) ORDER 2001
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS: TUESDAY, 19 DECEMBER 2000.
ROOM 135, PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS
Meeting opened at 10.05am in closed session.
The Clerk in the Chair.
Apologies are listed above.
2. Election of Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson
The Clerk opened the meeting and notified the Committee that the two Democratic Unionist Party nominations had been changed to Mr Mark Robinson and Mr Sammy Wilson. Nominations for Chairperson were sought. Mr Close proposed that Mr Maginness take the Chair; Ms Lewsley seconded this. There were no further nominations. The question was put that Mr Maginness do take the Chair. Mr McNamee questioned if this was allowed as Mr Maginness is Chairperson of the Regional Development Committee. The meeting was suspended at 10.10am for the Clerk to seek advice on this matter.
Mr Bell joined the meeting at 10.11am.
The meeting resumed at 10.15am.
The Clerk informed the Committee that it was in order for Mr Maginness to chair the Regional Development Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee - Financial Investigations (NI) Order 2001 if elected. The Clerk put the question that Mr Maginness do take the chair. This was carried unanimously.
Mr Maginness in the Chair.
Nominations for Deputy Chairperson were sought. Mr Wilson proposed Mr Bell take the position of Deputy Chairperson; Mr Close seconded this. There were no further nominations. The question was put that Mr Bell take the position of Deputy Chairperson. This was carried unanimously.
3. Declaration of Interests
The Chairperson reminded members that they were required to declare any specific or other interests related to the work of this Committee. He asked each member to declare any interests. There were none in addition to those published in the Register of Members' Interests, Second Edition, June 2000.
4. Terms of Reference
The Chairperson outlined the Terms of Reference for the Committee.
5. Committee's Procedures
The members agreed to hold future meetings in public session and that voting would be by simple majority as in Standing Order 47(9). It was agreed not to have deputies.
6. Committee's Work Programme
The Committee debated the purpose and changes to the legislation following a brief presentation from the Assembly Research and Library Service and requested a research brief on the comparison of the proposals within the Financial Investigations (Northern Ireland) Order 2001 with other countries. Action: Clerk
As a result of the extremely tight deadlines set out in the Secretary of State's letter to Lord Alderdice, the Committee agreed to invite written and oral evidence from:
Her Majesty's Customs and Excise
The Committee agreed to invite written evidence from:
Association of British Insurers
7. Any other business
Mr Bell and Mr Close left the meeting at 10.54am.
8. Dates of future meetings
The members agreed that the next two meetings of the Committee would be held on Monday, 8 January 2001 at 2.00pm in Room 135, and Tuesday, 9 January 2001 at 10.30am, in Room 144, Parliament Buildings.
The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 10.59am.
Alban Maginness MLA
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