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Minutes of Proceedings
WEDNESDAY, 09 January 2008

Mitchel McLaughlin MLA (Chairperson)
Mervyn Storey MLA (Deputy Chairperson)
Roy Beggs MLA
Dr Stephen Farry MLA
Simon Hamilton MLA
Jennifer McCann MLA
Adrian McQuillan MLA
Declan O’Loan MLA
Dawn Purvis MLA
Peter Weir MLA

In Attendance:
Shane McAteer (Assembly Clerk)
Vivien Ireland (Assistant Assembly Clerk)
Colin Jones (Assistant Assembly Clerk)
Paula Sandford (Clerical Supervisor)

Fra McCann MLA

The meeting commenced at 10.08 am in open session.

1. Apologies

Apologies are detailed above.

2. Draft Minutes of Proceedings 12 December 2007

Agreed: for publication on the Assembly website.

Dr Farry joined the meeting at 10. 08 am.
Ms Purvis joined the meeting at 10.09 am.
Mr Hamilton joined the meeting at 10.09 am.

3. Matters Arising

Members noted the following:

Agreed: that further clarification will be sought from DFP on the information which it had provided on Civil Service headcount figures.

4. DFP Briefing on Implications for Northern Ireland from the Varney Report

The Committee received a briefing from Michael Brennan, Head of Strategic Policy Division, Finance Director; and Peter Jakobsen, Strategic Policy Division, DFP on the implications for Northern Ireland from the recent review of tax policy by Sir David Varney.

Agreed: that a written brief will be requested from DFP on the additional work to be carried out by Sir David Varney and on related issues.

5. Briefing on the Annual Report of the Registrar General

The Committee received a briefing from Dr Norman Caven, Registrar General; and Robert Beatty, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency on the Annual Report of the Registrar General.

Mr McQuillan joined the meeting at 10.19 am.
Mr Hamilton left the meeting at 12.00 pm.
Mr Weir left the meeting at 12.00 pm.
Mr Hamilton returned to the meeting at 12.03 am.
Mr Weir returned to the meeting at 12.05pm.
Ms McCann left the meeting at 12.18 pm.
Mr McQuillan left the meeting at 12.30 pm.

Agreed: that the Committee will forward follow up issues to DFP for a written response.

6. Correspondence

Members noted the following correspondence:

Agreed: that the Committee considered the above and had no concerns.

Agreed: that further information will be requested from the Department regarding the legal settlement of Workplace 2010.

7. Committee Work Programme

Members considered the updated Committee work programme until Easter recess.

Agreed: that the visit to Clare House will be postponed until 30 January 2007.

Agreed: that the revised work programme will be published on the Assembly website.

8. Any Other Business

Members noted the recently issued DFP consultation paper titled ‘Review of Domestic Rating: Lone Pensioner Allowance’. A statutory rule to implement this reform will come before the Committee before April 2008.

Agreed: that the Committee will consider the issues raised in the consultation when the SL1 is received.

9. Date, Time and Place of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 16 January 2008 at 10.00 am in Room 152, Parliament Buildings.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at12.50 pm.

Mitchel McLaughlin, Chairperson,
Committee for Finance and Personnel.
16 January 2008

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