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AD HOC COMMITTEE
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS: MONDAY, 29 JANUARY 2001
Present:Mr George Savage (Chairperson)
In Attendance:Mr Tony Logue, Committee Clerk
Apologies:Mr Ian Paisley Jnr
11.07am the meeting opened in public session - Clerk in the Chair.
An apology was received from Mr Paisley.
The Clerk opened the meeting by introducing himself and the other Committee Office staff in attendance.
11.08am Mr Attwood joined the meeting.
Following agreement by the Committee, the Clerk sought nominations for Chairperson. Mr Billy Hutchinson proposed that Mr Savage take the Chair; Mrs Bell seconded this. The question was put that Mr Savage do take the Chair. This was carried by a majority of members.
11.10am Mr Savage in the Chair.
Nominations for Deputy Chairperson were sought. Mr Roger Hutchinson proposed Mrs Bell take the position of Deputy Chairperson; Mr Attwood seconded this. It was unanimously carried that Mrs Bell take the position of Deputy Chairperson.
The Chairperson reminded members that they were required to declare any specific or other interests related to the work of this Committee. Mrs Bell declared an interest as a member of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland and stated she is no longer a member of the Local Government Staff Commission (NI). Mr Billy Hutchinson declared an interest as a life sentence prisoner on licence.
The Terms of Reference of the Committee were noted.
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.
The Committee debated the purpose and changes to legislation following a brief presentation from the Assembly Research and Library Service. The Committee requested a research brief distinguishing the difference between the Sentence Review Commissioners and the Life Sentence Review Commissioners be issued to members. Action: Clerk
The Committee considered key witnesses who could be invited to attend meetings
and provide written and oral evidence. As a result of the extremely tight deadlines
involved for reporting to the Assembly, the Committee agreed to invite written
and oral evidence from:
The Committee agreed to invite written evidence from:
11.40am Mrs Bell left the meeting
A copy of section 71 of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 will be issued to members. Action: Clerk
Following a short discussion on the format of the Committee Report it was agreed that where consensus is not reached the Report will reflect the various propositions from members.
The members agreed that the next two meetings of the Committee would be held on Monday, 5 February 2001 at 10.15am in Room 152, Parliament Buildings, and Tuesday, 6 February 2001 at 2.00pm in Room 152, Parliament Buildings.
12.04pm Mr Attwood left the meeting
The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 12.05pm.
Mr George Savage
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