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Wednesday 7 November 2007
Room 144 Parliament Buildings

Fred Cobain MLA (Chairperson)
Cathal Boylan MLA
Willie Clarke MLA
John Dallat MLA
William Irwin MLA
John McCallister MLA
Raymond McCartney MLA
Stephen Moutray MLA
George Robinson MLA
Brian Wilson MLA
Jim Wells MLA

In Attendance:
Roisin Kelly (Assembly Clerk)
Clairita Frazer (Assistant Assembly Clerk)
Annette Page (Clerical Officer)
Philip Maguire (Clerical Officer)
Stephanie Galbraith (Researcher)

The meeting opened at 10.35 am in public session.

  1. Apologies

There were no apologies.

  1. Chairperson’s Business
  1. Draft Minutes

The minutes of the meeting of 24 October 2007 were agreed.

  1. Matters Arising

Stephen Moutray joined the meeting at 10.41am
Officials from the Department for Regional Development joined the meeting at 10.44 am.

  1. Briefing from the Departmental Officials on draft Budget, draft Investment Strategy (ISNI) and draft Programme for Government (PfG).

Members agreed to hold an additional Committee meeting on 20 November 2007 to facilitate a meeting with the Minister for Regional Development to discuss views on the draft Budget, draft ISNI and draft PfG.

David Sterling, acting Permanent Secretary, Roger Downey and Pat Delaney of the Finance Directorate briefed the Committee on the Department for Regional Development (DRD) draft Budget, the measures in the Investment Strategy for DRD and the Departmental PSA actions as contained in the PfG.

Raymond McCartney joined the meeting at 11.15am.

The Chairperson thanked the officials for their briefing.

Officials from the Department for Regional Development left the meeting at 11.52am.

Members agreed that the Committee meeting on 14 November 2007 would be extended to invite additional officials from the Department to brief the Committee specifically on roads and public transport budget issues.

  1. Subordinate Legislation.

Members were content with the SL1s noted at the meeting of 24 October 2007. These were:

Members noted the following new SL1 received:

Members noted receipt of the following Statutory Rule which is not subject to any Assembly procedure:

  1. Correspondence noted.

Members noted receipt of the following items of correspondence:

  1. Any Other Business.

Members agreed to follow up on a response from Northern Ireland Water to the efficiency targets set down in the Strand One Report from the Independent Review Panel on Water and Sewerage.

  1. Date, venue and time of next meeting.

Next week’s meeting will be in Parliament Buildings in Room 144 at 10.30 am on Wednesday 14 November 2007.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 12.05 pm.

Chairperson, Committee for Regional Development.

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