MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
WEDNESDAY, 28 NOVEMBER 2007
ROOM 135, PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS
Present: Mr Barry McElduff MLA (Chairperson)
Mr David McNarry MLA (Deputy Chairperson)
The Lord Browne MLA
Mr Nelson McCausland MLA
Mr Pat Ramsey MLA
Mr Ken Robinson MLA
Apologies: Mr Dominic Bradley MLA
Mr Franice Brolly MLA
Mr Kieran McCarthy MLA
Mr Jim Shannon MLA
In Attendance: Mrs Linda Gregg (Clerk)
Dr Kathryn Bell (Assistant Clerk)
Miss Mairéad Higgins (Clerical Supervisor)
Mr Alister Strain (Clerical Officer)
The meeting opened at 10.40am in public session.
1. Consideration of Draft Budget
The following representatives from the Arts Council joined the meeting at 10.40am:
Ms Roisin McDonough
Ms Noírín McKinney
The representatives briefed the Committee on the impact of the Draft Budget on the arts. This was followed by a question and answer session.
Mr McNarry joined the meeting at 11.15am
The following representatives from Sport NI joined the meeting at 11.10am:
Professor Eric Saunders
Professor Eamonn McCartan
Mr Shaun Ogle
Mr Nick Harkness
The representatives briefed the Committee on the impact of the Draft Budget on sport. This was followed by a question and answer session.
Agreed – the Committee agreed to include a number of the issues raised by the representatives from the Arts Council and Sport NI in the Committee’s response to the Draft Budget.
2. Any Other Business
Agreed – the Committee agreed to receive a briefing from HOK, the architects responsible for the design of the proposed multi sports stadium at the Committee’s meeting of 13 December 2007.
Agreed – the Committee agreed to request a copy of the transcript of the oral evidence taken from departmental officials at the Committee’s meeting of 22 November 2007 regarding the Northern Ireland Events Company.
3. Date and time of next meeting
Agreed: The Committee agreed to hold its next meeting on Thursday 29 November 2007 at 10.00am in Room 152, Parliament Buildings.
The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 12.25pm.
Mr Barry McElduff MLA
Chairperson, Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure
29 November 2007